Slinky-toy history: life coils itself
Slowly, and then uncoils, descending the stairs
Defensive reaction by defensive
Reaction. We thought we were only here to please,
Yet as in that old painting of the peasants' feast
The banqueter represents the destroyer.
Eating is not only feeding oneself,
It is digging one's teeth into something.
Peasants at a wedding feast: Harmen Hals (Museum of Fine Art, Budapest)
Metal slinky: photo by Roger McLassus, 2006