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After: The Blue Cat by Pamela Colman Smith 1907

Spawn of the arcane, glutted, she sprawls upon the sands 
of mythos. As victims, star-crossed lovers, outcasts,
we have all seen the traces of these nether lands.
Sphinx-like, besotted, she lays among the bodies dashed.

A pixie smith has cast her silver chains, retained her
inside this mystic plane, stained her hide vintage rose.
Among the cards on the table, it is plain; she purrs.
Do you know what she knows; guess, a riddle she poses.

Protection sought from life's trials is at her command.
But, few coupled or single have journey past her grasp.
Unknown, to the unschooled, their senses unused, banned,
Christendom, the sacred fecund grail has miscast.

From Hatshepsut's visage, bound to Sekhmet she's sworn
beware, beware The Chariot's card once it is drawn.  

Copyright © | Year Posted 2016

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Date: 5/28/2017 5:25:00 PM
I love this mystical poem :) 10 and more.
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Date: 11/23/2016 1:27:00 AM
I really like the poem, Debbie. Very conscious elevating prose. I was intellectually challenged reading it. The poets/poetesses' comment helped me to understand your poem better. I was intrigued because of the title. I have a poem w/the same title in my poetry archive. I haven't posted it on PSoup though. It's a science fiction poem. Again, a very good poem w/great depth of meaning. The painting, I could take or leave it. Either way. Love and peace to you from RW (Romantic Warrior.)
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 11/23/2016 7:15:00 AM
Thanks Freddie - the art was difficult to work with!
Date: 4/30/2016 7:53:00 PM
BACK AGAIN TO READ THIS JEWEL. Adding this to my fav list to remind me to read often. Loved the reference to Sekhmet, "bound to Sekhmet she's sworn"
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Date: 3/30/2016 6:03:00 PM
I found your poem to b more intriguing than the painting. You do have a way with words:
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Date: 3/30/2016 7:52:00 PM
Thanks Richard!
Date: 3/20/2016 2:34:00 PM
I consider this to be an excellent piece of poetry - I loved every word of it! Nicely penned, Debbie. My best regards. :) john P.s An obvious seven.
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Date: 2/18/2016 11:48:00 AM
Truly great poem on my favorite of the paintings in the 10/10/10 challenge. Also my favorite of the ten I wrote was written inspired by this great painting. Definitely top shelf poetry. I hope you publish it my friend.. a7
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 2/18/2016 3:33:00 PM
It has been published on Ekphastic :writing on Art :)
Date: 2/5/2016 11:04:00 AM
Glad to have enjoyed this again, Deb. :-) I think Paul has captured most of it. One thing I've noticed in your ekphrasis, you write them in such a way that the poem is more beautiful than the painting itself :-) Also found out that from the hundreds of her paintings, this is among the few which were never sold and remained with Steiglitz. :-)
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 2/5/2016 11:43:00 AM
Yes no one seemed to notice I picked all woman artists encouraged by Steiglitz EXCEPT you! good for you Kim
Date: 1/31/2016 9:35:00 PM
It's a very well written piece you came up with from this painting Deb. I have heard the name a lot of times but never saw it before. Haven't written much myself today. Well, a couple earlier, but am trying to do some payback for all my wonderful comments.
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Date: 1/31/2016 8:18:00 AM
Hi Debbie...this isn't quite my type of painting; I much prefer your interpretation of it! I looked up Pamela Colman Smith and realized why you made reference to the 'pixie smith'; also throws light on tarot cards, especially The Chariot which includes 'Sphinx-like' figures (thus reference to the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut and the goddess Sekhmet). As usual, your poems are not to be taken lightly, and every word counts. ~ Warm regards // paul
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/31/2016 8:20:00 AM
if we can't learn something from what we read-I always feel like "Why bother reading it!" art [which poetry is] should be a growth experience, I am so happy you got so much from the verse!