Henriette libre

A new letter from Henriette!

(Read her previous letter and my reply in bones, candy wrappers, a winnowing basket.)

staghorn beetle stamp

Odalisque,

Henriette libre!  Chávez became a bird, and I emulated him, slipping through the bars of my cage.   For his corpse my guards were sent to herd the queues of mourners clogging the streets.   I got my coat and walked right out, stood beneath the red portico of my prison de bellas artes.   Nearby, a confused man (at the wrong museum).  I smothered him with my coat, and stole his clothing.  Left him naked, recumbent as an odalisque upon the threshold of the museum.

I wish I could have stayed to watch him come-to, humiliated and exposed.

Do you still measure time with grains of sand?  Caracas is no desert.  I will learn to blow rings from a pipe.  Ceci n’est pas une pipe.  It is my life, lovely halos of smoke, disintegrating.

You ask if I ever learned how to love?   I try to love myself.

Here’s a photo of my new self.  I mean, my disguise.

On the lam,

Henriette

henriette with pipe

Henriette was always the wilder of us two.  Some cruel justice in her…smothering a man with her coat!  But she escaped she escaped!

Henriette,

What kind of bird is Chávez?   Maybe we have mutual friends.   We could convince him to give you a visa and you could visit us here in the obelisk?   I’m not sure how you’d get up but maybe you can rig something with smoke rings and your coat?   I have bones here–I cooked a turkey for Thanksgiving, and kept the bones because I didn’t want to upset black swan by throwing them into the marsh.    They’re in my sugar bowl.  You can have them if you want.

I put your picture in my scrapbook with a collage that is not a pipe.

If you are seen, I hope you will be appreciated.

Your (treacherous-less) friend,

The Odalisque

ceci n'est pas

Do I still measure time in grains of sand?

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About The Odalisque

I am the odalisque who lives in an oblelisk. I converse with birds.

converse. carrier pigeon post.

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