About a Girl

I didn’t sit with her anymore,  her suffering frightened me.  Today  I wore a new dress, I adored it’s lacy bodice and satin sash. He  picked it out himself.  Now my grown up eyes dissolve  at  his etched face in the  photograph with an empty space  dying in a dark room.

That woman who spit me red faced into the world,   fed and failed me, flung me from the hem of her skirt into the fractured world,  stares back at me from my mirror.    I wear her hands like gloves and honor the rolling river where her ashes sank among the gravel and worship the  boulders that harbor her.

A lone chrysalis twisting in the wind,  my fluid bones press hard against the casing.  Swollen wings beat at the  space that holds me.   I know that I am meant to struggle.    These unheralded breasts,  they defeat  and yet complete me .  I can’t see or hear nor would I  heed signs of warning.  A pubescent  butterfly, excessively sanguine or melancholy flitting from flower to flower,  oblivious to life’s repressive hand hovering  above me.

 

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il Mondo de Franco

Cave People

Tonight in my nest of stones I have not slept.
Through the walls my neighbors fight over how
best to spend their time as it silently slips through
the space between their fingers.
As the last grains fall it seems reasonable to be
present for the hours left.
When the  dawn  climbs above the ocean I can see
that deep amber on the shore,  the color of
 my lover’s eyes when  aroused,  waning to hues
of   gold that glint  in my half empty glass.
In the unkempt night I rearrange decaying books
wander halls of memories pillaging my mind.

 

 

Trinette Reed photography

Frida – ( Deutsch by Hutschi)

Every so often I am fortunate to have a poem translated  by  Hutschi at Neues vom Hutschi,  a favorite blog of mine. I  am honored that he has chosen my poem “Frida” to translate so beautifully to German.  I hope my German readers  and all who love the German language as I do will enjoy this.

 

(Deutsch: Hutschi)

 

Im Porträt
Sie trägt ein
Korallenschal
über den Schultern
Terrakotta-Lippen sind
in Granit geformt.
Ihre Augen haben die
Farbe der Erde,
sie schreien heraus
die Angst der Welt.
Ihr Bild ist gewirkt
in zerlumpte Wandteppiche,
an Nägel ist es gehängt an
einer Bauernhausmauer.
Sie ist gefangen von der Hand
eines Aufstands der Frauen.
Sie ist stolz,
Sie ist Mexiko.

 

Find the original German version at https://hutschi.wordpress.com/2018/06/01/frida/

self portrait by Frida Kahlo

 

 

               Frida

 

In the portrait she wears
a coral shawl across her shoulders.
Terracotta lips are set in granite.
Her eyes are the color of the earth,
they scream the anguish of the world.
Her image is etched into ragged tapestry
hung from nails on a farmhouse wall.
She is captured by the hand
of a woman uprising.
She is proud,
she is Mexico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indulging Conjecture

Pink sand pulls away
from the glistening shore,
melting fondant in the
sticky heat.
Minute  ecosystems inhabit
tiny  grottoes in  tide pools
of wet sand.
Some days I stroll the coast alone,
escaping in realms of lovers
where there is no logic but
an aching crush I hold to my breast,
a passage between a heart and the
mountains where I left you.
Allow me to come undone beneath
the  weight of tender hands on eggshell,
the gentle quake of my sigh upon your
unshaven cheek.
Let me   drown in the deep river of
your eyes where there
is no threat of war, hard silence,
or the burden of forgiveness.