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The Woman with the Violin

The painting's old and weather-worn beyond a time
I'd never know, and dust-lined 
and bold. But still it's crude
how the oil paint collides with aging lines in an age-old taboo. 
And daring me to find

a part too daring in something named divine,
and vivid in it's truth or steadfast with its lies. 
A shameless sharing of life
that spreads a reality in color-sewn light
that's told her she's promiscuos, she's been kept in strife

to the old shadows of the night. 
But here she is after all this time, a smile for all as she takes flight
unchanged. She's not aged
with the passage of judgement, and unshamed.
She stands erect, bare-chested and sure of her right

to be what she is. A woman that lived
with her quiet resistance. She lived to give
her quiet echo through the distance.
And now her pride could match a man's,
as she bears her breast and strokes her violin.

Copyright © Erin Beckett

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  1. Date: 5/7/2011 2:02:00 PM
    An interesting poem, with a dreamy quality to it. Nicely done indeed. Regards, Robert.

  1. Date: 5/7/2011 8:13:00 AM
    I really like this, Erin...Loved the title and the way you described her. Liked the line `She lived to give her quiet echo through the distance.`, it really caught my eye. Emilia:)

  1. Date: 5/6/2011 12:30:00 PM
    Your title caught my eye, Erin and your write is very evocative-- enjoyed how you depict this strong woman with the violin... and thank you also for passing by my poem :)