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Inside this Corset Made of Steel

Five excruciating months I’ve spent inside this corset made of steel. It binds the soul beneath my broken column. See me standing here naked before this bleak and arid landscape, fissured like the furrows of this barren yellow plain on which a child to call my own will never play. See my flesh impaled by nails. From head to toe they travel down my body. See the largest nail. It pricks that part of me from whence my love flowed freely for the one man I adored. . . See my chest, which houses the heart that he has pierced again and again and again. See my tears, white against my sullen face. Only you who know true heartbreak can feel the anguish painted in my eyes. My body I laid bare to help you see inside me, but how can someone paint the sorrowed soul? Five excruciating months I’ve spent inside this corset made of steel. It’s only an extension of my entire life’s ordeal. Though it’s meant to heal me, it is but a constant cruel reminder that pain is my companion Ever more. (See the painting "The Broken Column" at the poetry contest page of Cyndi Macmillan.) For the Women who Paint Contest Series: FRIDA KAHLO in FREE VERSE

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  1. Date: 11/7/2013 11:01:00 PM
    Andrea, wow, you caught the feeling and the image both in this poem and its structure, well done, congratulations on your win

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 8:10:00 PM
    I enjoyed reading this one again. Exceptional piece of work. Congratulations Andrea.

  1. Date: 11/7/2013 12:23:00 PM
    Andrea, , brilliant imagery... nice win * HUGS & LOVE <3 ~SKAT~ :)

  1. Date: 10/17/2013 4:21:00 PM
    Oh my the pain of it all. Nicely described on this one Andrea. I feel it. love phyl

  1. Date: 9/18/2013 8:03:00 AM
    oh my god.. i can feel the pain!

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 8:17:00 PM
    That's another capture of art inspiring art Petal, I think Frida would approve. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 10:39:00 AM
    I'd like to see you write a couple more about her amazing paintings. She had a profound style. I enjoyed your illiteration of it. Peace. :)

  1. Date: 9/9/2013 4:09:00 AM

  1. Date: 9/8/2013 6:26:00 PM
    Thank you so much for reading my verses. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 10:20:00 PM
    Hi Andrea; you did a great job with this poem. Five months is a long time. For me one month would be a long time. Thanks for sharing and wish you luck in the contest....... Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 8:51:00 PM
    fI think you should win the contest for this one. It reminds me of when I had spinal surgery and had to wear a brace for a while. You paint a nice portrait of Frida Kahlo's suffering here. Thanks for your kind words on my poetry. I am taken with the 2 books you sen me. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:06:00 PM
    You captured even the sensibilities of Frida between the lines of this excellent example of her work. Brava Andrea!

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 9:44:00 AM
    I looked at the painting. You've captured the looks and story so very well. The spaces between the stanzas are like the braces. As per usual you have great energy and expression. You are a real master on so many levels. Adieu for now.

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 8:51:00 AM
    Ah yes! Frida was obsessed with painting herself. Your poem brings this out so long as one has seen the work of Frida Kahlo. Frida might have been rather nice looking except for her suffering. Hey, dat be one ogly woman. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 8:33:00 AM
    oh a visual gone wild, if i did not see your name, Andrea on this, i would know it was you, it is that good, you are such a treasure.

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:58:00 AM
    You've created something quiet outstanding Andrea, you have the ability to put yourself in someone else;s shoes in an empathetic way this should win the contest love to you xxx

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:54:00 AM
    A superb use of typography. At the end of each stanza, the woman's suffocation and sorrow are masterfully given life by the terse, breathless lines--especially: "Ever more." Which elicits a woman taking a stifled breath as she squeezes in to that "Corset Made of Steel" which is her life crushed by societies' unfair and unrealistic expectations of a woman. I enjoyed it immensely. Sincerely, Alex

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:53:00 AM
    Great way to go about the picture..Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the visit to my work..Your comments are uplifting..Sara

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 6:11:00 AM
    I will definitely see the painting, but this is a great poem. I will be back when I have seen the painting. Good work

  1. Date: 9/7/2013 3:38:00 AM
    A very touching writes Andrea revealing the anguish and pains which you have put in words. It would be a wonderful entry in the contest. My good wishes for your contest entry. I have placed a new Poem cum Song ( which you can hear also on You Tube ) Hope you would like the Rock Song and I shall be waiting for your comments on my Song. Love and best wishes..Ravindra