Friday, April 11, 2008
# 11 Image Prompt
A Woman Without Arms
A woman without arms
is still a woman, nonetheless,
given a torso, two good legs, a head.
Without a mirror
she falls in love with herself.
Think: Winged Victory.
Think of wings that have been interlocked
so long, folded like an apron, unfolding
now as intricate as a moth's.
She has abandoned rings,
fingers, files, polish, gloves, bracelets,
for these feathers. Yet
she hungers for touch, for the
astonishing grace of nakedness, the endless warmth
of flesh, the chill of water.
She has forgotten how to hold a pencil,
how to play the Tarot. The harp
sits silent in the corner, gathering dust.
How does she eat? Make bread? Who
will feed the mare? Who
will water the fading plants, and gather
sticks for the fire, and turn the pages
of photographs, those foursided pastimes?
And where are other angels,
so long unseen?
(Painting, Rick Mobbs, at mine enemy grows older)