"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Me In Me

This week's poetry prompt from Willow Manor is Degas' "Woman With A Towel".

Woman With A Towel, 1898, Edgar Degas

This morning she discovered herself in the mirror
and lost her religion.
She looked at me in the beveled glass of her hand mirror
with the mother-of-pearl inlay
and it was good.

Have a clean heart, said the church billboard.
Take care of yourself and love me, I say.
The preacher preached from the pulpit
with arms asunder.
The Lord said a woman shall not
take a scissors to her hair!
So she looked it up.
The tool was manufactured in 1760.

The woman in me is not a dupe.
Her vulva is a pearl and her heart is sound.
It beat under the ultrasound
like a trooper in heat.

She cut off the bracelets, but she won’t stop there.
She cut off a hank because they told her she couldn't.
She cut off the rest and readied the bath.


You can go here to find more links to the prompt. Thank you for coming here. Degas is a personal favorite. Happy Poetry Month!

39 comments:

Other Mary said...

Oh Yvonne how wonderful, such an intimate and perhaps revolutionary moment, and so well crafted.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Mary,
Thanks so much!

Anne Gallagher said...

You truly are a wonder with words. That was absolutely exquisite, Yvonne. I just love your poetry.

Brian Miller said...

woohoo...you go revolutionary...ha..i dont like people telling me what i can do...or who i am...they will define you if you let them...smiles.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Anne,
Thank you! You are a wonder!

Brian,
Thanks!! I like to go off into the deep on occasion. I like it when you visit me there.

Jinksy said...

Better off with her hair, than off with her head... :)

Kathe W. said...

yep- let me be me! Excellent ! Have a great week!

Roxanne Galpin said...

"... her vulva was a pearl and her heart a sound ..."

wonderful, beautiful imagery ...

anthonynorth said...

We must strive to be who we are. great write.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Jinksy,
Yes, let me keep my head!

Kathe,
Thanks! Same to you.

Roxanne,
Thank you. Nice to meet.

Anthony,
Thanks! It isn't always easy.

Heidi said...

This poem is kick-ass! I love it! I like that she decided to love herself in a moment and then could see all that was wonderful. (plus you used the word vulva when you meant vulva. vagina is sadly misused.)

gautami tripathy said...

Such a lovely poetry. Great wording...

paint me in many hues, not just black

Steven J. Wangsness said...

Interesting...

patteran said...

A quirky and original take on the well-known painting, Yvonne!

Strummed Words said...

All kinds of thoughts in the solitude of the bath. Nice one.

Searching for the Story said...

Nice!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm keeping my hair!

Lyn said...

Like a trooper in heat...indeed! a woman after my own heart..terrific write!!

Truedessa said...

A rebellious write with some powerful words.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Heidi,
Thank you! And thanks for noticing my particular use of the V word. Some are so misunderstood and, yes, misused.

Gautami,
Thank you.

Steven,
Hi! Thanks....

Patteran,
Thanks. I'll take quirky!

Strummed,
Yes, I guess that's why everyone loves one. Thanks.

Ethan,
Hi! Thank you.

Diane,
Ha! And boy do you ever have some.

Lyn,
Thanks so much!

Truedessa,
We all have a little in us, wouldn't you say?


Thank you!

Al said...

rebellion!

Berowne said...

Savvy and expert, and not all that far from brilliant...

Yvonne Osborne said...

Al,
Yeah...why not? Thanks!

Berowne,
Wow, thank you. I needed that this morning, more than you can know. Thank you for helping to take the sting out of rejection.

Kutamun said...

Wow this is so magical, amd cryptical, potentially tragic , yet also uplifting, good stuff mate

purplepeninportland said...

A unique and well written poem for this photo.

purplepeninportland said...

A unique and well written poem for this photo.

Tess Kincaid said...

Brava!

Yvonne Osborne said...

Kutamun,
What a neat comment! Thank you so much.

Purplepen,
Thank you!

Tess,
Thank you for the inspiring image. It really tweeked my imagination. And thanks for visiting here. That's very uplifting too.

Dave King said...

Wow! The first two lines stopped me in my tracks. I took a deep breath and steadied myself for something amazing. I wasn't disappointed. There are good things all through this, and they all stem from those first two lines.

(The rest of the blog is pretty impressive, too.)

Yvonne Osborne said...

Dave,
Hello! Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking your time and I'm glad you weren't disappointed after those first two lines.:)

mindlovemisery said...

I love this! Way to infuse it with some girl power

G-Man said...

As she readies her bath.
I'll ready my cold shower.
.....:P

Heidi said...

I put a link to this poem in my post on my blog for today, I hope that's okay. I will take it out if you would prefer. Thanks.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Mindlove,
Why thank you. That's nice.

Galen,
You're so funny. Take a long cold one, wouldja?? Thanks!!

Heidi,
Wow, that's really cool Thank you! I don't mind at all. I'm humbled.

Theresa Milstein said...

Good for her.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Hi Theresa!
Thanks for visiting.

Helena said...

Girl Power - to the max!!

Deborah Lawrenson said...

Powerful combination, beautifully done.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Helena,
Hi and thanks!!Glad you liked it.

Deborah,
Thank you so much!