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The Broken Column

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The Broken Column

Broken Column
wrapped in female form
split down the centre
more than femininity exposed

Breasts capture the eye
Her softness
Confusing
Arousing 

head held high 
Her long black hair flows
cascades across decades
immortalized

Tears streaming down a saddened face
Doves crying to be understood
cheerful colors confuse the minds eye

What thoughts lie beneath that unibrow
Beauty within painted distortions
Who is her oppressor
Look deep
Emotions overexposed
Is this her living nightmare
broken yet standing tall
Immovable moving force
demanding to be seen
Silent yet speaking volumes

Metal corset
binds
holds constricts
White flowing gown
What is hidden beneath
What does she wish to shield from our prying eyes
Yet if you look deep she reveals all
See beyond the physical
the manicured
the lovely

crimes nailed to her being
cutting
pushing 
splitting 
exposing
A heart pierced
hidden from sight

Immovable contemplations
reacting with the unseen
Barren landscapes
contradicting female form
Symbol of all women 
givers sustainers of life
Fertile
powerful
spiritual
eternal
Rising from the ground 
our foundation
We build upon her soul
Free her 
celebrate her rise
Without her we fall
we fail
we cease to exist
Do not allow her to crumble beneath the weight of our iniquity

Cyndi Macmillan's "Women who paint contest series:Frieda Kahalo in Free Verse."
 The painting I chose was "The Broken Column"

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  1. Date: 11/13/2013 5:03:00 PM
    powerful and delicately respectful, Richard.... lovely

  1. Date: 11/9/2013 6:56:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in Cyndi's contest with this lovely piece of writing, Richard!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/9/2013 8:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much.
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 10:48:00 PM
    Very lovely, evocative poem to Frieda Kahlo's poem Richard, congratulations on your win

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/8/2013 8:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sheri.
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 4:46:00 PM
    an impressive take on the painting; I think this is one of the best poems of yours that I've read so far, thoroughly deserving of its high placement in the contest - congrats! :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2013 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Charlotte.
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 12:22:00 PM
    I am very charmed by your win... , brilliant imagery... nice win * HUGS & LOVE <3 ~SKAT~Richard,

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2013 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks SKAT
  1. Date: 11/7/2013 9:03:00 AM
    splendid write ..congrats on your win

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 11/7/2013 5:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Joseph.
  1. Date: 9/3/2013 4:46:00 AM
    Well done, your words peeled away the layers to find the many facets of woman. Love the line..."Doves crying..." So perfect.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/3/2013 7:53:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    In the picture there are doves in her eyes.
  1. Date: 8/30/2013 4:35:00 PM
    This speaks volumes Richard. When I was perusing this I cant help but feel the emotions exuding out of your words. Well crafted!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/3/2013 7:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Mustapha, I was trying to do the artist justice, her work is powerful.
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 8:59:00 AM
    Astounding writing here. You put the "man" in "woman". Strong & deep setting you established in this writing.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/29/2013 8:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Drake
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 8:12:00 AM
    Nice poem, it made me think whether "Her" the third person is a woman or a symbolic representation of something? Your poem made me think... which is a sign of good writing. Now you are producing a poem per day. Very good... I would like to do so too, but don't have that luxury time but when everything is fine...I will sit down and write full-time. You are a good motivator on this site to encourage writing.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/29/2013 8:23:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Christine. I am an early riser so I usually write first thing before I start my day. This gives me the time I need before the busyness of life gets in the way and obscures my thoughts.
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 5:21:00 AM
    Richard once more you excel in this write wishing Gl but you dont need it lol the quality speaks for itself Shadow x smile

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/29/2013 6:57:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Shadow!
  1. Date: 8/29/2013 5:03:00 AM
    Broken yet standing tall. This has also touched my heart. HOW did I miss this one ? You're the winner !

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/29/2013 6:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Red, I'm glad you connected with it.
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 9:41:00 PM
    Awesome...no luck needed....top of the chart!

    Fiery Avatar Red Fiery
    Date: 8/29/2013 5:04:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I strongly agree with you Donna ! Cheers !
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Donna. :0)
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 7:08:00 PM
    Nicely written and thank you for your comment and I will change destiny. cheri

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/28/2013 11:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Cherie, your poem is excellent.
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 4:45:00 PM
    One that is very unique and creative ...Reads like a winner to me..Thanks for the visit to my work with congrats.Sara

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/28/2013 5:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Sara, the visit was my pleasure.
  1. Date: 8/28/2013 1:34:00 PM
    Hi, Richard....femininity...This is an interesting read, but I can't connect with it...Would you explain...please...Is this for the Freida Kahlo contest? The mono brow gave that away..,,Take care...

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 8/29/2013 7:00:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Eileen I changed the first part, I agree in retreading that part it didn't fit. Thanks.
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/29/2013 4:05:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) Lovely changes, Richard...I don't mean to be crass, but after the breasts capture the eye..arousing intellect doesn't seem to fit...for me...the breasts are a sign of her vulnerability or defiance or torture...That section, I like the way you had it before....Also, the shorter version left more to the reader's imagination...Just the feel of the first one....Here...you've explained it all, an well, I don't know...just an opinion! It's beautiful either way....
    Manassian Avatar Eileen Manassian
    Date: 8/28/2013 1:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I GOT IT! :) Google to the rescue!!! Now...I'm connected and zoned....GREAT WRITE! :) Good luck on contest.