It’s mid-way point. It’s also a new week, which means a new theme. Theme is ekphrasis, writing in response to art.
I’ve chosen a Frida Kahlo self portrait, we have a calendar of her self portraits on our wall at the minute so I’ve been meaning to engage with one of them…
Pantun is a poem of alternating rhyming couplets apparently each line between 8-12 syllables. The quartet couplets are not to be related by subject but by imaginative leap.
I’m interested in the earrings of the self portrait, the explanation goes:
The earrings she is wearing were a gift from Pablo Picasso whom she met while in Paris. The hand on the banderole as well as on the earrings, makes reference at what is called in Mexico “milagros”. Milagros are pieces made of wax or ivory shaped in the form of the part of the human body that the person wants to be healed, and left on the altar of the Saint they pray to.
my hands dangle, they are weighty
dragging, five fingered, at my earlobes
the pansies nod, this spring is late
and to grow is a weary road.
fingertips brush my neck
the place where a pulse splutters
the thistles are claiming, unchecked
ground heaves with thorny mutters.
If I give a gift life might lighten
the pain might fade and die
if spring would come the day would brighten
the flowers would easily thrive.
- NaPoWriMo Half-way Challenge: A little help from my friend. (theblacktortoise.com)
- Hanakotoba (Day Fifteen) (www.postcardsfromtheattic.wordpress.com)
- Napowrimo Day fifteen (www.cloudsforthoughts.wordpress.com)