Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kahlo Tribute


fate is locked
in a painful garden
doors are knocked
in anxious despair
weeping mourns
the hour upon her
in the frenziedly painted air

25 comments:

Karen said...

K - I know little about Kahlo's life -- not enough of her story, but your poem intrigues me and makes me want to know more.

I love the sound of this when I read it aloud.

AlpHa Buttonpusher said...

heavy but beautiful

trooping with crows said...

HOORAY MOM!
(I almost have to get out of my seat and clap!) Oh Gosh, is this new? Or did you write it for Frida? Well, you know my feelings for Frida Kahlo. This one is special and dear to my heart. I think I already read it 12 times!
Bravo Mom.
Also, this is my favorite self portrait of hers, did you know that? When I had the honor of seeing it in person, her eyes looked directly into my very soul!
"painted air" you are a genius.

Aniket said...

Beautifully written... each line takes you deeper and deeper.

Margaret said...

Brilliant k.

Her naked desperation and despair just oozes out of these 24 words leaving the reader breathless.

Vesper said...

Kaye, what a strange and powerful poem... I can feel every word of it... But I know almost nothing of Frida - I have to find out about her. This self-portrait is very intriguing.

I thank you for the Sisterhood award. I am very honoured and I feel the power of this... sisterhood... :-)

jason evans said...

The interweave of the poem is so satisfying. Although rhyming poetry is often out of favor, done well (like yours), it is so uplifting.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Karen - Merissa got me to love her, by buying me my first Frida Kahlo artbook years ago - long before the movie came out.

Her work is surreal, if not downright bizarre. But once one studies her life and paintings - a true admiration of her courage and talent becomes embedded in the heart.

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AlpHa - Thank you. I appreciate your stopping by and leaving me a comment.

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Trooping with Crows - Merissa, I knew you would like this one. I wrote it for Frida last night. When I was talking to you yesterday, I was going to tell you that I was thinking of dedicating a poem to Frida...but, thought I would rather you see it here.

I didn't know that this was your favorite portrait of her. - I chose it from the many I was studying. *?*

Thanks for your sweet comments. <3

Sarah Hina said...

I sense a total consumption of body and spirit here. The intense directness of her gaze leaves me in no doubt about her pure and frenzied obsession.

I, too, want to learn more, K. Kahlo is an artist I need to explore further, though I do remember seeing the movie about her life with Salma Hayek awhile back.

I love your homages to art and creation. :)

(btw, I so enjoy reading your interactions with your children on here; it does my heart good :))

trooping with crows said...

Mom, I had to come back! I feel so happy that so many comments are saying they want to know more about Frida! What a great thing you did, Frida deserves to be known! You really captured her lust for life ("in the frenziedly painted air") along with all of her horrendous struggle, all in this short sentiment. Although all of your poems are special, meaningful, or just enjoyed by me, I appreciate this one like no other. It is perfect.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Aniket - glad you fell into the depths with me via this poem. Thanks so much!

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Margaret - thank you so much for your kind remarks. I tried to allude to her vulnerabilities without stating them outright. I wanted to create a feeling with a brevity of words. Her work is emotion itself! Thanks again for the nice comment.

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Vesper, I appreciate your enthusiasm for this poem. Frida was quite a colorful character. She lived with pain, but had a passion for life. Hope you can check her out. Her artwork is dreamlike and bizarre - but oh so intriguing. You can't turn away from it!

You are very welcome for the award. Yes, sisterhood is very powerful! ;;;;)))

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Thanks Jason - I appreciate your comment and compliment so much. You should check out Joaquin Carvel's poetry at Lyrics & Maladies, it is rhyming poetry done to perfection. Very intelligently written - and powerfully wrought! ;)

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Sarah - I think you would find her life and work fascinating. I don't want to say too much. People must make a determination about Frida on their own. But, every facet of her life is so interesting, although - sometimes heartbreaking.

Yes, art and poetry are my main interests, after my family, of course. Oh, and thank you for that nice comment. That was sweet of you. :)

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K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Riss - I know you can't stay away from anything Frida. lol

I'm glad, too, that so many of my friends here show an interest in knowing more about her. I love the way she told her life story by painting it on her canvases - such intricate symbolic expression.

I remember reading that she didn't think of herself as a painter, as much as she did a personality. She invested so much in the embellishment of her own self-image.

Thanks for coming around for a second visit. Always good to see ye here. ;D

Karen said...

Merissa - Your mom is a wonder! I've already surfed a bit to learn about Kahlo (not on first name terms with her yet), and I intend to read more. She is a very interesting and obviously colorful talent. Thanks for sharing your love of her with your mom, who shared her with us...

By the way, while I have you here...your work is beautiful!

joaquin carvel said...

i (also) know almost nothing about her.

but i (also) instantly wanted to know about her after this poem.

there is definitely a power in brevity - but when a poem can generate an appetite for knowledge – what is there more powerful than that?

Selchie said...

this is interesting) I will have to go and find out more...
I wanted to thank you for the sisterhood award and congrats to you on receiving it. I am very surprised and honoured. I look forward to reading more of your work.
happy day.

Sarah.))

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Karen - :DDDD <3

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"...but when a poem can generate an appetite for knowledge – what is there more powerful than that?"

Joaquin, I am so lucky to have you as a blogging friend. You are truly gifted and sensitive. What a combo! ;) Thank you with all my heart.
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Sarah, your blog is really fascinating. I have been visiting recently. Thanks for following me and commenting. K

laughingwolf said...

like karen, i know little of her, but your poem is superb :)

Julie said...

This poem is an excellent tribute! It captures the pain she endured, but it also portrays the beauty of this amazing artist.

Very powerful intro. I only know very basic things about her life, but I find your poem especially powerful, because you use the phrase "painful garden." A garden makes me think of fertile, growing things. She endured so much pain after the accident that damaged her reproductive ability and left her in extreme pain.

Wonderful word choice. Beautiful poem!

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

LW, Thanks for stopping in. I am always happy to see you here. I appreciate your kind remarks about the poem. ;)

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Julie - I tried to capture some of the misfortune that befell her, with out going into any detail at all - just using words that create a feeling. Although Frida spent most of her life in pain, and had many other issues, she was beautiful and brilliant. I hope everyone will view some of her work or read a little about her life.

Thanks for your special reflections. Seems you know about her life. I do always appreciate your insights.

Ghost Dansing said...

ditto..... fabulous picture and poem......

Kahlo's Casa Azul (Blue House) in Coyoacán, Mexico City, where she lived and worked, was donated by Diego Rivera upon his death in 1957 and is now a museum housing artifacts of her life.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Hi, Ghost Dansing - thanks for coming by tonight and leaving a nice comment and great link. ;;))

RachelW said...

The rhythm of this is so well done. Dark, yet compelling.

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Rachell - many thanks for stopping by tonight and for your kind remark.

Minister of the Masochistic Truth said...

I'm a huge Kahlo fan. I read her bio a few years ago and it was so intensely emotional - the Art born of such suffering... It almost seems obscene to be inspired by the "fruits" of another's suffering, but, on the other hand, that same inspiration is a celebration of the artist finding a creative release of their pain, as well as acknowledging that their pieces resonate deeply within others. Such is the complex beauty of Art and life...

K.Lawson Gilbert said...

Minister - It is so wonderful to see you!!! I know you have been very busy with so many commitments - over-extended like so many of us.

Boy, you said that perfectly! It doesn't surprise me that you are a fan of Frida's.

Life, Art, Pain, Suffering, Joy, all are interconnected in an almost a tangible way.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Great to see you - You made me smile!