Open 11am to 8pm
Royal Festival Hall (Level 5), Southbank Centre, LondonOpen Tuesday - Sunday from 11am to 8pm
What are the geese pulling
Through the frosted air?
They are pulling the tides
And Autumn's hair.
They are coaxing the moon
From its yawning lair.
They are sweeping the snow
From the starlit stair,
And escaping the jaws of the Polar Bear.
They are pulling Winter
On her painted sledge.
They are leaving cobwebs
On a frosted hedge.
They are sweeping eastwards
Leaving Springtime's pledge
And a glass of moonlight
On your window-ledge.
This fir-tree point could impale.
I balance on it, praying for still skies.
Fingertip bulbs in cracked coloured cases
Fuse, and threaten to burn my skirts.
Shiny red apples decompose on nooses.
Pine cones are sprayed with crunched-mirror glitter.
Sometimes it is thrilling,
This sparkle, this lack of roots.
Only the others hate me. Cry out
That I am no better than them,
It’s just my wings are sprayed with old gold
And a halo on a pin skewered through my scalp.
But I earned that jet of golden paint!
I suffered as the pin pierced my soft plastic head,
And unlike them, I cannot make mistakes.
An imperfection and I will be torn from this tree.
I cannot be bitter like a gift of myrrh,
Or they’ll say: “Who does she think she is?
Tied to a spike as if it’s a crucifixion.”
I am a seasonal decoration,
Pretty - but I will not bring salvation.
Tinsel is not real silver, you know,
Just foil that moults off in strips;
And nobody can join me up here.
What am I but a detail in this small beige room?
An afterthought in an outfit made of
Someone’s old wedding dress. These needles
Bring not sleep, just little hurts.
O, to have a Bethlehem to go to.
To be deep filled, like a mince pie.
Father Christmas, give me wings that work.
I am so tired of trying to rival snowflakes.