‘Whitie’, Teddy Bear, Margarete Steiff GmbH, c. 1907, V&A, London.
by Jason Guriel
In a glass-faced box, I forced together
four glass marbles (the sort whose sole point seemed
to be to round out a pouch), a feather
(plucked from down on which Victorians dreamed),
and wallpaper (strategically distressed
with tea water). I added assorted
props of death and blight: frost-white wedding dress
scorched black by spinster, and other sordid
details, such as stuffed teddy bear entrails
draping the blade of an antique ice skate.
I was pleased how little work was entailed.
With ease, the incongruous congregate
on the altar of the diorama
like offerings to my deus ex machina.