Objectify

	i.

She said never underestimate an 
	object

	The tapestry breathes after it has been 
		bathed

The unicorn could symbolise
	Christ

The drops of blood could be 
	the pains of love


	ii.

		What kind of baptism

	Agent or object
Immerser or immersed


	iii.

What did I ever do to you
	That you should consign me to 

			Immortality—

	iv.

She says she is immensely taken 
	with the idea
 		Which has no hands
	but it takes 
and thus she has been taken.


	v.

		Baptised in what—





	vi.

He has worked at the Cloisters for 35 years.  Devoting his life.
	To objects.

Such single-mindedness.  
	This is what devotion is.

Is how I want to be loved.
	Like an object.  Such pains 
Taken.  To preserve.  

	To care for.


	vii.


He enjoys contemplation.
On Mondays he stares for a minute 
	or an hour.

	viii.

What can be seen only through
	a mask

To be truly seen—

	ix.

	I would like to be 	on purpose.
A made thing.  


	x.

Architects 
	and penitents.
A building and a shrine.  Please
	
		Protect me.  

People make pilgrimages.
	Please protect me 
from the pilgrims.





	xi.

An object calls to you with no mouth.

	A red thread.

A unicorn jumping from the stream.


	xii.

	Just any water is not 
this water.  Will never
		be.  Words are necessary 
			for the transformation.

	xiii.

	People journeying to see the Shroud.


	xiv.

Idolatry is strongly frowned upon.  
	By the jealous.


	xv.

A mystery 
	smelling like a wet sweater.


	xvi.

	Madder and woad.  Madder
and weld.

	Loving the mouthless call

	More than another.  Why

is an object not 		an Other?

		Please—

	Objectify me.
	

After the seven tapestries known collectively as "The Hunt of the Unicorn"

Mandelstam circling St. Petersburg, because there is no key, White Center, 1957, horizon line, precipice