It’s getting a bit ridiculous with these quotation poems. They are just as habit forming as haiku and senryu! It’s has got to the point that as I scroll down Twitter quotations are hurling themselves at me for attention! Literally! Well, no, actually not. They are metaphorically hurling themselves at me for attention. One by Frida Kahlo charmed me and is the basis of today’s Poetry Daily. Yesterday I basically said that the quote needs to be short and snappy like a news headline. That observation still holds water. But I found a way of judiciously editting a quotation so that it still can work without doing violence to the essence of the Great and Good’s words.Frida Kahlo was a an artist and is an iconic feminist shero.She was also woman who lived bravely. We need all kinds of models of female bravery.
The Lover You Deserve
takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee and poetry.
Once I felt the quenching joy of rain after long dought,
can feel it still even in the drowning dance of hurricane.
Everyone survives. Some will learn how to live with it.
Wait! Some of us will even decide that we must marry it.
Copyright © 2019 Bee Smith. All rights reserved.
The full quotation reads as thus:
You deserve a lover who takes away the lies and brings you hope, coffee and poetry.Frida Kahlo in the Twitter Feed
According to http://www.azquotes.com she is also alleged to have said:
Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.Frida on azquotes.com
This also charms me because I do so like a bourbon biscuit. And so does my husband. I am also deeply appreciative of Frida Kahlo’s attention to the feeding and watering of the beloved. Coffee, bourbon biscuits, poetry, hope and truth. Surely a recipe for a great love story.
With the internet one can never be sure of the provenance of quotations, but these are truly wonderful and also quite true. At least from my perspective. They are also great springboards for a poem.