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Tod Und Frau 1910 (Death and the Woman)

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Tod Und Frau 1910 (Death and the Woman)

As death creeps out of the darkness,
  A mother becomes the rope in a (Tug of war.)
A child reaches to help its’ mother in her weakness,
  And stares death in the eye with abhor.

The rope falls limp in sure defeat,
  Yet the child pulls on the strength of heart.
Against the evilness and deceit,
  Fighting with the will to not be apart.

The hooks of death on weary knees,
  Shackling the arms, exposing vulnerability.
Screaming and crying the words of “please”
  The mother rests with peace and tranquility.

A child left to battle life’s groans,
  Preparing for the encounter and all its’ lour.
For one day she will meet Mr. Bones,
  And she’ll be the rope in her child’s (Tug of war.) 

Inspired by Brian’s Picture Poem’s Contest

Käthe Kollwitz, Death and the Woman (Tod und Frau), lithograph, 1910.

Copyright © Abe Lopez

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  1. Date: 9/14/2009 12:41:00 PM
    Excellent piece Abe>>James

  1. Date: 4/3/2009 8:49:00 PM
    Nice rendition of words, best of luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 4/1/2009 12:36:00 PM
    Excellent poem, and so describes this haunting picture is powerful as you described in this awesome poem! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 3/31/2009 2:49:00 PM
    Seriously, You should soooo be an art teacher! ;-) LOL I can't wait for you to read my new poems! C U L8R!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 3/29/2009 9:58:00 AM
    Amazing work, your work is taking off, good luck.

  1. Date: 3/28/2009 7:54:00 AM
    i like this one because it's some what like me. and i feel a little child pain in your words nice work abe lopez look for my next poem called the world.

  1. Date: 3/27/2009 12:14:00 PM

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 4:25:00 PM
    Nice poem...but yet its very sad....Love Christina

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 11:12:00 AM
    nice!!!!!it was scary and entertaining.i love it mr.lopez....:-)GREAT!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Date: 3/25/2009 2:17:00 AM
    Great work Abe.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 7:08:00 PM
    Wonderful work, this one is right up your artistic alley. Love E.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 2:02:00 PM
    Abe, this is such a deep and moving write that reflects the art perfectly. I had never seen her work before. Very interesting artist. She displyed pain so vividly in her work. Thank you for sharing, Abe. This is an excellent entry into Brian's contest. Good luck! Love, Robin

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 12:40:00 PM
    excellent verse TOUGH competitoin! Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 12:06:00 PM
    You're going to be on the top ten list with this one, Abe. Awesome description of an awesome picture. Great. Ruben.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 11:53:00 AM
    IloveitIloveit I would have given it a 4000 if I could have it is very much like the Piece of art

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 11:33:00 AM
    awsomely done mr. L!!!

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 10:46:00 AM
    loved the poem.....liked the way you used (tug of war)

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 9:55:00 AM
    This is really powerful! I love how the determined child was protecting her mother from death. When the mother passes away, her memory will help strengthen the child in life, who is becoming the rope. So the "ropes" of death cannot compete with the stronger "ropes" developed in life! You are awesome, Abe.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 8:42:00 AM
    Looks like the story of parenting at its best and exxplained well. Enjoyed this write and have a blessed day.

  1. Date: 3/24/2009 8:22:00 AM
    This canvas is alive for me, your descriptive power leaves gurgling with tribute. Love and peace