One of the Mad’s patron saints
arrested for molesting or attempting to molest
“unfortunate little girls” (Breton)
14 5 3 1/2 (Like I was 14 and
the youngest were 3
that barren desert winter)
But who were they? History doesn’t say.
What ways did they find to cope with
their trauma, their pain?
Their new status as “Victim of Misfortune”?
(as Wölfli billed himself)
Were there ways just as visionary, artistic, depth-plunging, extreme?
Scratches and sounds blood ink verse and screams
Or were girls in the 1890’s just not seen as those visionary visceral things
Expected instead to hide their damage.
But Wölfli too was a victim as a boy, sexually misused
As none should ever be.
André Breton said of him:
“The triumphator at one with the victim”