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Neil Ellman

The Broken Column

(after the painting by

  Frida Kahlo, 1944)

 

You can see

That I am trapped

A woman

Corseted and nailed

Not quite the Christ

A man

Who would arise

And rule

My life

My shattered spine

But he does not

I rule

The column split

In two

But I am whole.

 

 

 

          Blue Nude with Hair in the Wind

             (after the cut-out by

                Henri Mattise, 1952)

 

          She danced seductively

          In Paris halls

          Now a cut-out paper doll

          Mere memories

          In blue

          Is all that she can be

          And all that he can ever know.

 

 

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