Thursday, May 3, 2018

WILL I REMEMBER WHEN THE CHALLENGE ENDS/dVerse Open Link Night -- FRIDA/Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads

dVerse  Open Link Night

Life doesn’t come easy
It takes patience
To traverse the difficult paths
Strength to know the limits
Experience of all that has gone before
Follow worn footpaths
Of those that lie below the frost-line
On cold and windy hills
Or below Spring’s new growth
In dappled light of day

Will the words come easy
Like the flow of the river
Moving South to quench the thirst
Of towering cottonwoods
Speak the language shared by all
Touch the heart of sculpted stone
Dry the tears that fill the eyes
Mend the bones
Scattered on the desert floor

Will my pen stay wet
And at the ready
Reams of paper waiting
As words collect in the wings
Just off stage
Sing the songs
Of weary travelers
Will I remember
When the challenge ends

April 29, 2018


Self portrait with thorn necklace and hummingbird
By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use, Link

"The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration." ~ Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo the Mexican artist
Outstanding beauty
Her black hair in braids
Wrapped in a traditional crown
Ribbons and flowers

Dressed in colorful clothes
Of the Mexican peasants
And long skirts to hide her limp
A phenomenon
In her work and her life

As a young woman
While riding on a bus
In Mexico city
There was an accident
And a metal rod
Went right through her body
It was only the beginning 
Of her many health issues

When in New York City
She drew attention
For her beauty
And her clothing
Like a bright butterfly
In a sea of plain

She fell in love with the artist
Diego Rivera
Their love story was
A story of jealousy and passion
The bases of stories and lore 

Because of her illnesses
She often painted in bed
And at her last show
She was carried in her bed
So that she was able to attend

How fun it would have been 
To have known her 
Today we are lucky to be able 
To know her through her paintings
Each amazing painting 
Tells a different story
All based on her life
And her fanciful imagination

May 3, 2018

Note:  The image is of a painting I did, based on the Self Portrait of Frida with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird.  It was for a show in Houston, Texas, at the Lynn Goode Gallery.  I created still lives based on women artists, in the way they might have painted them.


gillena cox said...

Fantastic. Thank you for painting this i credible artist with words and colour.


Vandana Sharma said...

A very beautiful and soulfull dedication to the artist. All her life painted in the poem.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is beautifully tender and poignant, Annell 💖

Sherry Marr said...

I love the image of the bright butterfly in a sea of plain. And love your painting which is very beautiful.

Kim Russell said...

I like how you start with an ekphrstic poem, Annell. which is full of detail, and with a biographical poem which is also full of detail. I especially like the simile: 'Like a bright butterfly / In a sea of plain'.

Toni Spencer said...

I do like the line "In a sea of plain". As an artist I was curious which painting you would choose. This is one of your best writes, artist calling to artist. the details which you shared in your poem is so full of interest.

Susie Clevenger said...

I love both of these. The first, a quest to create art with words, to remember, to let ink be your brush, oh this hits home. Your second, is a poetic journey through Frida's life done beautifully. Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt! said...

So beautifully done....artist of words and brush.

Anonymous said...

Great poem and the painting is a superb homage to Frida.

brudberg said...

Somehow I actually feel that both poems can be written inspired by Frida Kahlo... love them both

Jane Dougherty said...

Such a passionate and beautiful plea in defence of the artist/poet.

Fireblossom said...

I'm disappointed. I wanted to read this post, but the print is so small that i can't. :-(

I have been having trouble with font size on my own blog. Suddenly, what was "normal" is now small. I have to select "large" for it to display at the same size it used to on "normal".

Amaya Engleking said...

Your colors are so vibrant and I like how you framed the painting with Frida small in center and her polychromatic aura in flora surrounding her.

Mark Walters said...

I wonder if Frida wouldn't have penned your poem if she were a poet instead of a painter. With her health concerns, her stormy marriage to Diego Rivera and all. It seems like a good eulogy to her

Old Egg said...

Beautifully presented Annell.

jo said...

Absolutely wonderful writing!

Sara McNulty said...

Absolutely outstanding!

spacey stacy said...

Loved it ! Great!

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Oh great.. beautiful!!

ayala said...

I love this post! Beautiful!

ayala said...

The painting you did is great!

kaykuala said...

Of weary travelers
Will I remember
When the challenge ends

Great close, annell and great self portrait! One often wonders how to sustain the interest in writing should one gets the dumps one day. Hopefully nothing will come in between to spoil the fun!


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