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She Who Once Was the Helmet Maker's Beautiful Wife

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She Who Once Was the Helmet Maker's Beautiful Wife

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She Who Once Was the
Helmet Maker’s Beautiful Wife.

Sculpture by Auguste Rodin

nude glory, she of uncrannied pelt,
stroked by many, might not know
she’ll sit erelong on stone as 
wrinkled bronze
waiting yet to be touched.  

muscle melts from bone,
hair, once auburn-splashed on brow,
turns colorless now and dull.  Who sees
the girl with rose wine cheeks, the
prime of a daughter turned old?

Kathryn McLoughlin Collins
April 14, 2013

Copyright © kathryn collins

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  1. Date: 2/15/2014 4:44:00 PM
    Though I could easily google a photo, I shall not, as your portrait of her lingers clearly on my mind. The photo, I fear, might disappoint in comparison.

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    Date: 2/16/2014 9:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Dear John - Can't go wrong with Rodin. This was kind of a soft joke between my husband and me. I'm so glad you picked it to read. love, Kathy
  1. Date: 5/25/2013 1:41:00 PM
    ...and she long outlives her mortal coil. Wonderful images and concept. SuZ.

  1. Date: 5/5/2013 3:01:00 PM
    love this clever write - must Google the sculpture too

  1. Date: 5/5/2013 2:07:00 PM
    Interesting work that you have penned..I remember once a lady from church who had just had cataract sugery and could see again said, "Look at my daughters how wrinkled and old they are"..Your work reminded me of that time of years ago ...Now I am older than the daughters who looked wrinkled and old..Sara

  1. Date: 4/30/2013 8:32:00 AM
    You have such a gift for creating beauty with so few, yet carefully selected words. '...uncrannied pelt,' '...muscle melts from bone,' '...auburn splashed.' Rich in imagery and sublime in conception. BRAVO you!! Love Keith

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 2:50:00 PM
    what a wonder how the spark (written and sculpted) passes from one artist to another--walking through time as though it does not exist---well done, Kathryn.

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:21:00 AM
    Yikes cold and dull today here in Ct YOU stay warm. Thanks for stopping by my verses. Light & Love

  1. Date: 4/23/2013 8:02:00 AM
    Good-morning Kathryn, i find the imagery here a work of art. A statue in her own making. Makeup- is only a feeling one needs to never lose age. a very unique and different kind of poem for me. When i said different- i meant - I've read many poems with deep imagery,,,, but never like this..... description from start to end. One is always seen no matter the colors of the sky. enjoyed...Linda

  1. Date: 4/21/2013 2:38:00 PM
    wonderful poetry, truly a classic in miniature, yes love this...

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 2:58:00 PM
    Kathy, loved reading this a half dozen times... Terry

  1. Date: 4/15/2013 3:25:00 AM
    This is the kind of poetry that keeps me returning to read more. I love the unique way you write Kathryn. Kudos on this exquisite piece.

  1. Date: 4/14/2013 7:33:00 PM