Fear of Babies

How do we dream
our dreams of peace
a race of small creatures
populating the areas of hatred
or the spheres of boredom


Share my bed
you sterilized lovers
and feel free
to do nothing
that would cause
the artist to give up
her aesthetic playthings
for the disorderly toys
of children.

Fear of Babies was written for an edition of the same title, consisting of five lithographs (Ed. 20), produced by Marcel Kalksma and De Expeditie, Amsterdam, 1986; and is included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014.