Autumn Sky Poetry . . . Number 19 . . .
 

The Skeleton on Top of Frida Kahlo's Four-Poster Bed

    poem by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
    after Frida Kahlo’s “The Dream” 1940. Oil on canvas. private collection.



It seemed natural to affix the fearsome thing,


                                                             Ready to explode


laced with firecrackers, to the bed’s canopy top


                                                             on Sábado de Gloria, 


Amused, Diego called the bony figure


                                                             Iscariot,


my immortal lover    Once, I calmed a friend


                                                             mortified—


who strayed into the bedroom for a peek,


                                                             a ritual—


the papier-mâché Judas sneering


                                                             hangs in effigy


as if ready to bound from its perch


                                                             Grimacing,


I suppose it sounds perverse, but I derive


                                                             burning


comfort from the skeleton, and so it stays put,


                                                             like a scapegoat,


caressing an armful of lavender and pink flowers


                                                             the form shrivels,


At night it dreams, as I do, and soars like a spirit


                                                             thin shreds of paper


through blinding clouds     My vine-covered bedspread


                                                             spiraling


trails a verdant hue as we start to dance    And why not


                                                             out of control


dance with death, close as I’ve come to dying










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Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda has published five books of poetry and co-edited two poetry anthologies. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including Autumn Sky Poetry, Nimrod, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Best of Literary Journals, with work forthcoming in Poet Lore and An Endless Skyway, an anthology of poems by U.S. State Poets Laureate. She has received five grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, a Council for Basic Education fellowship award, multiple grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, an Edgar Allan Poe first-place award, a Virginia Cultural Laureate Award, four Pushcart nominations, and many others.  Carolyn also works as a visual artist. She served as Poet Laureate of Virginia, 2006-2008. Her website is: www.carolynforonda.com.


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© 2010 Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda