Willow Court, 2004
In one of the upper rooms,
crusted with dust and droppings,
a chair on stilts.
Above it, remains of a frame.
A stage prop?
A canopied throne for King Lear
before he went mad and wandered
Or a treatment chair?
Not the whirling ones on wires
where patients were spun
Perhaps an Oldmissbunny
with her cruel contraption of clamps
for immobilising limbs –
but there’s no sign of those.
Rather, a Bergonic precursor
for electric shocks –
yet the structure wouldn’t cope
What about a Tranquilising Chair
with soft leather straps (since removed)
the patients hidden from view
behind hessian – notice the remnant.