Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Madonna In Oil

Raffaello Madonna Cowper.jpg
Small Cowper Madonna by Raphael, 1505

I am merely the bones you build on;
the canvas of complexion
where you buff and bleach this desert stone
to a paler, more pious perfection.

Where is my sun sueded skin?
My dark, oasis eyes?
The raven hair I passed to him
when I passed him between brown thighs?

For Kay's prompt at Real Toads.  

17 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Good question. I understand from Fox News that He was born in Boston to a wealthy blonde socialite. Seriously.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Two stanzas to call into question all our perceptions and "Europeanization" of an Aramaic prophet. I think your timing couldn't be more perfect.

Susan said...

LOVE without reservation!
I must share this revelation.

hedgewitch said...

Yes, I imagine the historic personages might be just a leetle put out by their contemporary portrayals(not to mention the fan club)--beautifully etched, MZ, each phrase.

Kay L. Davies said...

Good questions, MZ, but you'll never convince some people. I love the "paler, more pious perfection" and "dark, oasis eyes"...you certainly get maximum impact from a minimum of words, even in a ballad.
K

Sumana Roy said...

Good questions indeed...and love those dark oasis eyes...

Susie Clevenger said...

Yes! Great question!! Love it!!

Sioux said...

"...dark oasis eyes" is a gem of a phrase.

Yeah, I always wondered how blondes survived in that part of the world...

ayala said...

Great question! A gem!

Sam Edge said...

Interesting take on this - I've heard / thought about a darker skinned Jesus but never heard / thought that it applied to the Madonna - well played.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful poem and wonderfully pertinent question, especially love the raven hair and the passing between brown thighs.

Margaret said...

So much for "artistic license"! So clever and so true! Brevity is never less with you.

grapeling said...

gorgeous ~

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely poem.

Lorraine Renaud said...

past-present only exist because of the passage beyond thighs...to have your talent, I swoon from the artistry

manicddaily said...

Wonderful--I like Raphael--but I also love this. k.

Kathie Brown said...

I REALLY love this one! Great questions, all! It goes right to the heart of the matter, doesn't it?