Christina’s Worldview

*An ekphrastic poem is a poem inspired by art, usually, though not always, images.

“Christina’s World” has always been one of my favorite paintings, though I couldn’t tell you why.  I just think that’s how it is with art sometimes.

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Wyeth, Andrew

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Wheat-colored grass fields
separate her from the chaff
that has been home since she was
a little stranger,
through kith and kin.
She is at large from her world
that has become small:
fourteen rooms,
four walls,
and Maine land as far as she can crawl—
not as a child,
but as a woman whose feet trail behind her
like tin cans on a honeymoon car,
her legs like the strings that connect them,
her spirit soaring above the plain.

Once Upon The Starry Night

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In Christina’s World many moons ago,
there lived a girl by the name of Mona Lisa.
Mona Lisa was born of The Kiss,
in a pond of Water Lilies—
a pure birth—
and so much was made of her being the Goddess
in the Flesh.

Mona Lisa possessed the Persistence of Memory—
time was made fluid.
Through her marriage to Father Time,
she became Mother Earth,
birthing a biological clock that never stopped ticking.

Three Musicians came from the West
in that period
since The Creation of Adam
proclaiming another Savior,
but Mona Lisa,
enraged,
waged a war on men.

Through man-made climate change,
through wars and rumors of wars,
she turned her world into a ruin,
for there were no more men to provide
for the women—
there were only vessels,
but no seed to plant in them.

Father Time,
seeing the rapid decay,
sent her away;
for Time took its time,
allowing the natural order of things.

Father Time turned her into a rapidly aging man,
so that her days would not be long upon the Earth,
and she was exiled to Golgotha
for her crimes against humanity.

And twas at The Last Supper,
that Mona Lisa knew He was the One—
that no power on Earth came to any
but through Him.
He had allowed her to carry out His work,
for wicked had been her people,
but now she had to pay as Judas.

There were The Three Crosses—
one for Him,
one for another,
one for her.
She was that other robber,
for she’d robbed others of breath.

But in His infinite mercy,
God chose to use her once again,
and turned her into the moon—
the moon that glowed,
rather than the sun that burned.
She was known from then on
as The Girl with the Pearl Earring—
a nameless being—
for eternity.

She is the demon that has control over the waters,
and when her anger is kindled,
there is a tidal wave of environmental calamity—
causing a form of mass baptism.

However, from then on,
Nature itself—
no superpower in Heaven or on Earth—
would ever control the weather,
for the rain falls on the just and the unjust.

10 Myths

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Sometimes you get tired of hearing the same things, especially if they aren’t true, and these are just twelve of them.

  1. Myth:  Well-done meat cannot be tender.  Truth:  If someone knows how to cook, they know how to keep well-done meat tender.  I’ve eaten meat well done all my life (it was how I was raised; my grandfather grew up on a farm and said if you’d seen as many sick cows as he had, you’d eat your meat well-done, too).  If you want to eat it rare or whatever, that’s fine, but the smell of blood from medium rare meat makes me physically ill.  I’m sure rare meat is a lot more tender, but then, in that case, completely raw is even more tender.  No thanks.
  2. Myth:  Every episode of “I Love Lucy” was about Lucy trying to get into show business.  Truth:  True fans of the show know that Lucy often spent a lot of time cooking up schemes that had to do with just getting close to movie stars, as well.
  3. Myth:  Men prefer women with make-up.  Truth:  My husband doesn’t, and my grandfather didn’t.  Some men actually like the way women look without it.  We need to stop comparing women to barns.
  4. Myth:  All calories count the same.  Truth:  The calories from an avocado still count, but they count in a different way than the calories from a candy bar.  Make the calories count for something, like nutrition.
  5. Myth:  You should be open-minded.  Truth:  It is okay to be close-minded (and even intolerant) about some things.
  6. Myth:  Good art has to offend.  Truth:  Does the painting, “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth, or compositions by Peer Gynt, offend?
  7. Myth:  Southerners eat everything fried.  Truth:  We prefer our peanuts boiled.
  8. Myth:  Poetry is dead.  Truth:  Poetry isn’t dead, but there’s just a lot of bad poetry out there.
  9. Myth:  Only get a degree in STEM.  Truth:  Famous and successful philosophy majors include, but are not limited to, Mary Higgins Clark (a personal favorite of mine), Martin Luther King, Jr., George Stephanopoulos, Harrison Ford, Bruce Lee, and Alex Trebek, to name several.
  10. Myth:  Profanity makes characters edgy, and more provocative.  Truth:  Excessive and gratuitous profanity distracts rather than enhances good writing.