Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "So Often Alone"

This was the linkback perk for the October 1, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer. It was inspired by the "Frida Kahlo" square in my 9-1-19 card for the Arts and Crafts Festival Bingo.

So Often Alone

Frida Kahlo painted
the world as she saw it,
the real and the surreal
tangled together on canvas,
impenetrable and inseparable.

She painted self-portraits over
and over again -- a third of her work --
because was so often alone, because
she was the person she knew best.

She painted beauty and ugliness,
love and betrayal and change.

She took the pain of her body
and gave it shape through the paint.

* * *


"I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best."
-- Frida Kahlo

"My painting carries with it the message of pain."
-- Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter.

[To be continued ...]

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