Processed By Hierarchy.

Posted in literature, mixed-media by Yousef Alshaikh on 07/05/2010

Processed in machinery of elegant beauty,
a cadaver shines with the glimmer of your oils divine.
The rice in grains finer still than eyelashes wet,
is reduced to be consumed by navel-gazing eyes.
The dish shimmers in shadows and in fog is borne,
moving steadily towards the furnace, expressionless.
Great are the pieces, and greater still: the whip;
a symphonic treaty of toils served and internal tetherings.
The lovers meander, dodging the neurotic faceless fork,
with hierarchies of sickening powers observing them from afar;
burying seductive hatchets in traditions held.
Resin drips from the eyes, and camphor from the grooves.
The mind is thin and planar; the heart flutters right and left.
The meadows are dead! Long live the meadows!
Thank you for the flowers and the prison bars.
You have been my favorite neurosis, and I shall be

A piece inspired by my old diptych [The Infernal Bollocking of Mankind.]

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  1. ghadahalkandari said, on 10/05/2010 at 6:01 pm

    this is so freaky umbay! love it! i really love images and things in general that give my heart a little jolt.

    • TheQine said, on 11/05/2010 at 4:01 am

      Loo00oo00ol XD! Not sure about the “umbay” bit, but thanks Ghadah! I’m glad this piece did its job! 😀

  2. Shiraz Basma said, on 05/11/2010 at 10:36 pm

    Dear Yousef,

    I feel this piece of art reflects a person in his different generations,from youth to aging.. and with culture still embedding him or her via the costumes. Through our lives there is always an eye watching us, might be from evil or dominating us , or it can be an angel…….

    I am so proud of you..
    hope to see you soon.. and kisses to your mum and brother..

  3. Nadia said, on 05/11/2010 at 11:42 pm

    I watched you toil night and day over this one my dear beloved son….
    Im sure many will enjoy absorbing it and wondering at its many meanings..
    Inshallah Edge Of Arabia will be the first of many ‘unvielings’ of your work

    ‘Mabrook’ ya galbi

    Nadia Bakhurji

  4. […] young man on the left is the one and only Yousef Alshaikh. His piece, “Processed by Hierarchy” is exhibited. He submitted a revised version of it which I hope he’ll be posting on his blog […]

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