I take back what you have stolen and in your languages I announce I am now nameless.
My true name is a growl.
Margaret Atwood

3 May 2018

in the conversations of skin


The Dream (The Bed) Frida Kahlo (fair use)

a room scrapes
a skin full of sorrow begs not for tomorrow in long lace anymore than
the skeleton sitting bedside sick, smoking a cigarelish
fiendish smile waiting to bite hello, welcome to another day
where fruit will smash itself open by whose teeth?
gentleman that I am, I offer you first choice -
white or black, my Queen?
but are you of the peasants only in spirit dreams?
playing not coyly, you stare boldly into the future, reversed by the mirror -
introspection is your collar for want of balm -
and I would crush you like a ring of red-throated hummingbirds
but I am too late
your hands are already stained with our collective blood


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Diego & Frida-- A Print Collection of Photographs by Bernard G. Silberstein


whirring wings
I crush red-throated hummingbirds
the electrical impulse pregnates my madness
but first I stole their feathers before their life
bladed them open to collect their wombs
eating blood red Cara oranges and cinnamon spiced watermelons
as these fruit could only be witness
to my cries of what I never wished or wanted
it doesn't matter, madre?
stocism has no plate in passion's loving bites
it rapes bones and spits seeds
but never the wild cries of the monkeys
who mimic in their collar, I wear them only for a moment
choosing to speak of the truths which are swarming
wasps, as figs are motherless children
strangers for the warning

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I love you more than my own skin. - Frida Kahlo

for: Real Toads: Bits of Inspiration ~ Frida Kahlo

Susie is our host and asks us to look to Frida Kahlo's life and art for inspiration.

note: the skeleton's name is Juda, which is interesting, to me, in relation to the name itself and all it's implications, history etc. + I decided to present a conversation of sorts, between different elements and aspects of her life, her symbolism, her art and words - hence, two poems, that I believe work independently and yet compliment each other

20 comments:

  1. Another stunning piece of writing Pat.Such a wide range of image and emotion weaving a dark web that draws one in as moth to flame.

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    1. thanks Paul ~ Kahlo's works are deeply involved and speak to far deeper meanings than first seem clear for the starkness of the surfaces

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  2. Phew! Chick-Bone!!!! You didn't put on your poet hat, you put on a steampunk stovepipe and kicked ass! The first 3 lines of the first poem are as good as anything I've read. "waiting to bite hello"..get out, wow. And the whole passage in the second poem about stealing their feathers before their life and all the rest of it is horrible but strangely beautiful too, in a disturbing way. (Poor birds!!!) And then the last 4 lines, and no period at the end as if there's an ongoing panic, or a sudden cutting off, or or or...

    First rate writing, and Frida would love these.

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    1. thanks! wow - what a wonderful compliment, I wonder if she would ... I'd like to think so - in a heartwarming/soul way ... her works are never as straight-forward as they seem, but then, neither was her life, even for all of her open boldness

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  3. You've painted with words so well the art and life of Frida. Your imagery is a vivid as a painted canvas. "a skin full of sorrow" "I wear them only for a moment choosing to speak of the truths which are swarming wasps, as figs are motherless children strangers for the warning" Incredible writing! Thanks so much for taking part in the prompt!

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    1. thanks so much Susie ~ what a tremendous compliment - Kahlo is one of those artists that can engross you for a life time, and you can never be sure you've digested it all ~ almost sheer, mad genius really ...

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  4. Such powerful imagery. I am arrested by the fate of the red-throated hummingbirds.

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    1. I agree, disturbing indeed ... but then, it wouldn't be Kahlo any other way ...

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  5. PS--Header Tigah looks very sleepish. Too much villager?

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    1. LOL! maybe .... not sure what Tigah is considering, but then, can you ever be really sure? Those hypnotic eyes ....

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    2. There was a young lady of Niger
      Who smiled as she rode on a tiger;
      They returned from the ride
      With the lady inside,
      And the smile on the face of the tiger.

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    3. LOL! how curious and wonderful ~ thanks Bjorn!

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  6. Wow these two poems just blew me away!!!
    In the first your lines
    " not coyly, you stare boldly into the future, reversed by the mirror -
    introspection is your collar for want of balm -"
    For me resonates the soul of the artist Frida.
    AND
    In the second "stocism has no plate in passion's loving bites
    it rapes bones and spits seeds"
    Yes when we read her quotes this is exactly what we gather and that is why she painted and painted.

    Much🌼love

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  7. My goodness this is absolutely exquisite! Especially love; "introspection is your collar for want of balm."💜

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  8. This image of the crush of hummingbirds is such an arresting one... but I think it captures so much of Frida's painting... the sweet and innocent combined with the violence under the surface. Love the form of the voices, can almost hear them inside that room of hers.

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    1. thanks Bjorn ~ Kahlo's works are never quite what they initially seem - it's definitely a clash, a violent one, that I think makes so many people have to consider her works, and her life, even if it makes them feel that "discomfort" - she crosses lines and boundaries and boldly walks and emerges from the dark into the light and back again.

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  9. The way you worked the two voices in this poem is simply brilliant - voice of skeleton over voice of woman. Each is passionately expressive but uniquely different. Remarkable work.

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thanks for sharing your thoughts, I greatly appreciate it.