Donna Waidtlow

The Bride Frightened at Seeing Life Open

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            After a still life by Frida Kahlo, 1943

What becomes of her red
flesh, her cache of pearl seeds
when the white veil lifts?

Skin split open, papaya flesh,
black seeds spilling forth.

Blessed is the fruit….

Watermelon running rivulets
mouth to chin to chest.

The steel blade carving:
a pink studded with oval
seeds, a crack of crisp rind.

Copyright 1998, Donna J. Waidtlow
Donna J. Waidtlow’s poems have been published in Avocet, Alaska Quarterly Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Frog Pond, Modern Haiku, Pontoon, and TAPJoE.  Her chapbook, A Woman Named Wife, was published by Floating Bridge Press in 1997.

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