Mary Lynne Evans

Las Dos Fridas

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        "Frida Kahlo’s most frequent theme was the
        obsessive self-portrait." -- Martha Zamora, biographer.

The bronzed Frida, easy long skirt                 Pale Frida, tailored eyebrows
legs relaxed and ankles crossed,                    which cannot fly, mouth of the
blue blouse, lucious stripes of gold.              of the public eye, Diego’s wife, takes
In her lap, left hand spools                              blood from Bronzed Frida, whose veins
vessels of blood, which rise                             circle Pale Frida’s lacy neck and feed
circling tan bare arm to the                              a half heart, exposed upon a breast
great full heart.  Then,                                       while rest of public bodice dissolves
across the tasty throat                                       into futile thoughts of white jungle roots.
veins reach up the neck                                    Circling the covered left arm,
and point the heart shaped mouth,              a vessel richly red, is cut by
almond eyes.  Bold, this private Frida,        Pale Frida’s hand, lying politely in her lap.
young, beautiful, unscarred.                           It splashes spidery blots and drips
Black hairs make feminine mustache          upon embroidered birds and flowers
and link eyebrows into wings of birds.       of the snowy wedding dress.
Secure, this Frida vessels blood through
stormy skies to

  How long can the private Frida feed pale bride,
  halved by public nuptials into such glorious despair?

Copyright 1998, Mary Lynne Evans
Mary Lynne Evans’ poetry has appeared in previous issues of Switched-on Gutenberg, Stop doing that!, Paper Boat, and Nobody's Orphaned Child (Red Sky Poetry, 1996). She works as a land-use planner and lives in Seattle.  Her research project for this year is to test reality against poetry.

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