Friday, May 4, 2018

An Elegy For Absolutes

"I am my own muse.  I am the subject I know best."
 - Frida Kahlo


Dreaming is waking is dreaming.
I am a small world - my own animal -
unnamed -
Adam's twisted tongue.
I once stood as a pillar of salt
curse your transgressing eyes!
and prayed for rain 
to melt me back to mother,
but drought showed me her back -
I had to break
to be a woman
and burn
to be a woman
and bleed the best of me
with every moon.
I suckle my second finger
like a child and do not wince
at the taste of old ore.

Reality rests before my eyes, always
colors of prayers
white washes of skin
greens of my own growing.
I have swallowed the common
sight and spit sweeter 
visions into these hands,
these little gods.  They are tireless
at creation.  They give form
to my face.

For Susie's prompt at Real Toads

8 comments:

girl said...

This is hot, and an excellent poem all by itself:

"I am a small world - my own animal -
unnamed -
Adam's twisted tongue."

Same here, Maya Angelou:

"I had to break
to be a woman
and burn
to be a woman
and bleed the best of me
with every moon."

Your loins are on fire. I can tell --- it's the best place to write poetry from.

"I suckle my second finger" ... That is such a sexy transition line. Yes. Always feed yourself.

"Reality rests before my eyes, always
colors of prayers
white washes of skin
greens of my own growing." ... This is genius poetry, Sylvia Plath.

"I have swallowed the common
sight and spit sweeter 
visions into these hands,
these little gods." ... Yes you have, Anne Sexton.

the perfect accompanying music for this piece: "Take Me to Church"

Magaly Guerrero said...

Love the first line... and the poem's suggestion that one must do incredible things to be... a woman.

Susie Clevenger said...

Goodness, this is powerful. It shines in so many spots, and like "girl" commented in her breakdown there are so many jewels that could stand alone. It takes a whole lot to be a woman. Thanks so much for writing for the prompt!

Old Egg said...

Being a mere male I must admit I am quite aware that the female is the prominent member of two. By brute strength and guile alone males have wrested dominance over women but I have seen that women, mothers, grandmothers are the creators, carers and accomplishers of the two. But shh! Dont let on I said so.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow."I had to break to be a woman." Truth. Powerful. Your pen is on fire. I so love reading you.

gillena cox said...

"had to break to be a woman." Reminds me of the Eleanor Roosevelt famous teabag quote. But back to Frida you like One resonates the quote you prefaced your poem with
"Dreaming is waking is dreaming"

Awesome poetry

Much🌼love

Fireblossom said...

Those last 6 lines are dynamite, girl.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This speaks to the heart of me - the voice is universal without losing its authenticity.