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Lizzie Siddal's Last Pose

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Lizzie Siddal's Last Pose

John Millais, today I pose, frozen, just for you -
a blank canvas, your lonely soul-saddened muse.
Love me with the iridescence of your inspiration.

I can be whoever you want me to be -
Beata Beatrix to Dante Rossetti.
But to you I am Ophelia, and we are alone.

Allurement to your compulsion to create and paint;
ever patient, never late, though this ice-shimmery water
slices my nicety, has me tingling hypothermic-faint.

I breathe fragrant big-bloomed flowers; hydrangea panicles
glitter in my lungs like starburst pinnacles.
Water-mirror reflects back crystalline light,

this fern-feathered pool. The flame-copper fronds of my hair
unfurl in your fantasy; my beauty bends like a lily
to softly kiss your canvas, your brush caresses my curves.

I hope your fame remembers my reality,
and how my vision camera-caught your creativity.
On the glacial, arctic wastes of my wasted mind, blanked by laudanum,

whitened by nauseous opium, colour-clouds burst,
water lilies open starry pink hands in a pool of jewels.
This cold clutch is finally unclenching.

My stillborn child, that crib-cooled one,
light-cradled, thaws the bone-biting chill,
reclaims me from this dream-drenched prismatic pool.




*Lizzie Siddal was a model for the Pre-Raphaelite artists

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  1. Date: 8/7/2013 8:07:00 PM
    Again, I came back for a second read, and it's even better than my first. I love the painting you chose, but never gave much thought to the model. Your references to laudanum make very good sense, given that in the painting she was drowned. A beautiful piece. I'm adding it to my favorites... Jack

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 9:09:00 AM
    A fine take on Millais' paintings and this model in particular. I lot the vey personal, and sad, components. Jack

  1. Date: 3/3/2011 2:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on your fine win in the contest, Charlotte! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 3/2/2011 12:07:00 PM
    Congratulations Charlotte on your fine win in Constance's wonderful contest....:)

  1. Date: 3/1/2011 1:43:00 PM
    congratulations on your win. YOu chose a very interesting topic for this contest. luv, andrea

  1. Date: 2/28/2011 8:13:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win Charlotte in Constance's contest "Reflection". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 6:54:00 PM
    Awesome Job Charlotte, Good to see you in the top 10. Congratulations on your worthy poem's ninth place honor in Constance's inspiring contest. Agape, Moses

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 4:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win..Sara

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 11:15:00 AM
    Congrats Charlotte on your wonderful win in the Reflections contest ..so happy to be sharing the winners list with such great talent luv..

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 8:01:00 AM
    congradulations partner. i hope your fame remembers my reality. john

  1. Date: 2/26/2011 6:29:00 AM
    Youve taught me something as well as entertained me with this piece. Congrats. BG

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 11:18:00 PM
    good to see the win here Charlotte, and all the future best.

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 7:37:00 PM
    Congrats Charlotte on your well deserved win in this contest of Constance!---kashinath

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 6:37:00 PM
    Great writing and thank you for the additional information you provided. Congratulations on winning in Constance's contest with this fine entry.

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 6:36:00 PM
    wonderful in its entirety, charlotte! my appy congrats to you! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 2/25/2011 5:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on the ninth place win in the contest of Constance, Charlotte

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 5:25:00 PM
    Thanks for supporting my contest for a second time, dear Charlotte.

  1. Date: 2/22/2011 12:56:00 AM
    This is a gem, Charlotte, wonderful poem. Harry

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 12:10:00 AM
    I think if I knew anything about art and its models I would understand the last part of this poem even better, but wow, I really dig this writing of a luscious model named Lizzie! So different from the way I saw the picture and yet I love different. I love seeing all the ways people go with it! LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 7:50:00 PM
    Thank you for supporting my contest.