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  A Naked Woman with Skin of Thorns and Ice
by Aberjhani
Thursday, February 05, 2009
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What is Valentine's Day without forgiveness.



 

“Gently, she shows them
what she is wearing. Pearls of Pain and the fine-spun
Veils of Patience.”
--Rilke (Duino Elegies No. 10)
 
 
 
 
A naked woman with skin of thorns and ice crawled,
without tears, through the midnight city of her soul.
On one dark corner she saw the beautiful daughter
w
hose eyes had shouted, “You whining cow of a bitch!”
 
On another, the father whose ax butchered her dreams;
the husband whose knife had raped her poems;
the ghost of a son accusing her tongue of treason.
And there, scattered across the lonely blue boulevard:
 
The wailing fragments of her shattered heart.
 
The naked woman with skin of thorns and ice stuck
the fragments of her heart onto her thorny breasts.
They began to bleed until she was covered
with a gown like a field of roses and angels.
 
A small silver cloud breathed on her and she stood up.
 
To her daughter, father, husband, and son’s ghost, she said:
“Find your hearts so you can forgive and love yourselves.”
As she walked, petals and feathers floated off her gown,
dappling the night with perfumed light and ruby psalms.
 
 
 
by Aberjhani
© February 2009
© “Disintegration” art by Matt Manley 
 

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 3/16/2012
Intriguing. Pain and healing when darkness is glowing bright. How to help her become like this? How to reach where no one reaches?
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/22/2009
A poetic bouquet of Orchids sparkling morning dews ~ glowing like an eighteen carats flawless brilliant cut diamond.

"A Naked Woman with Skin of Thorns and Ice" is page of art and sublimity to enrich The American Fine Letters.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by David Hightower 2/11/2009
Aberjhani - Sharp imagery expressing the human condition, ice for defense and thorns for offense(which wounds both attacker and victim), transformed to beauty and the "peace that surpasses all understanding" by forgiveness.
“Find your hearts so you can forgive and love yourselves.”
Filled with wisdom. - David
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/8/2009
quite a moving poetic story great poet
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 2/8/2009
WOW! What stunning beautiful Poetry! Aberjhani!
I enjoyed every word, your hearts blessed "US" with!
Hope your Valentines Day is happy and special as you are to me...
"Forgiveness" is the Key to the real "inner happiness" we want to retrieve!
YOU said it clearly and strongly! love your vivid imageries!
WRITE ON!
Warmest of Blessings, Love and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Passion Lady SHEExooo
Reviewed by jude forese 2/7/2009
finding freedom is first achieved through forgiveness .. very unique imagery and approach ... unfortunately, a message few will adhere to ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/6/2009
Truly a deeply meaningful poem worthy of much more than a single reading. Thank you for sharing this gift, Aberjhani. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 2/6/2009
A beautiful message is contained in your poem. Amazing!
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/6/2009
Powerful Masterpiece....wow....you are the master Aberjhani!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by richard cederberg 2/6/2009
Some strong imagery in this poet.

"You whining cow of a bitch!” I haven't heard this phrase since I lived with my parents. And it's true A ... forgiveness is pivotal to freeing the mind and spirit from verve enfeebling bondage. Good thoughts.
Blessings ...
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 2/6/2009
Amazing poem,very well written,I enjoy reading it,take care

Edwin
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/5/2009
The images your words paint are so dramatic yet rich in realism!
You work is always a gift, thank you...

Eileen
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 2/5/2009
Great choice of words. A well-expressed poem!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/5/2009
Aberjhani,
Images of Bosch painting and Francis Bacon sculpture rush to mind blending with the symbols of suffering, pain and sacrifice, this rips us apart and puts us back together in the final healing "with pefumed light and ruby psalms." Excellent!
John
Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/5/2009
A masterful piece, my friend, excellent work.
Your imagery is superb. I love the line:
“Find your hearts so you can forgive and love yourselves.”
It's everything important to happiness.
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/5/2009
Lovely, requiring many reads and thoughtful recitation. This Valentine's day is bringing out all sorts of spirits. Perhaps you'll have time to visit the thornless "Apology," written with many poets in mind. *smiling* Glad you got a kick out of "The Green Green Grass."
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/5/2009
Metaphors abound and forgiveness the enriched word of this marvelous poem.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 2/5/2009
Many a woman, like Odysseus wife Penelòpê, has lived a great part of her life spinning stories to survive.
The author poem is not just that, it is the raw pain, disillusion and at the end the rebellion not less painful, not less real.
Many authors have attempted to give words to that pain, very few has succeeded, *Aberjhani my friend, you are one that succeeded.

Always here
Georg

Reviewed by Miriam Center 2/5/2009
Exquisite image, and glorious words. But that's what I've come to expect and accept from you.
Miriam
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 2/5/2009
Wao, this took me to another world, very entrancing your words and most beautifully painted!
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 2/5/2009
The torments of many a woman so artfully penned. What a joy it is to read your poetry my friend. The insight you show in this one is remarkable, you spoke to the core of me.
Big Hug,
Marcia
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/5/2009
Aberjhani~!

Incredible image and penning . . . fantastic!!


Best Always,

Lance
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/5/2009
Aberjhani,

Such pain in these lines ... a depth of emotion that rolls down my face as tears, reading them ... well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/5/2009
Powerful writing, Aberjhani; nice to see you here! you've been missed, (((my friend)))! Very well penned; bravo!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Laura Mckenzie 2/5/2009
Wow what a talent you are Aberjhani I love the line "The wailing fragments of her shattered heart". Such depth and beauty in your work. Thank you for your comment on my poem. I see you've written so many books best wishes on your writing! Laura :)

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Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance

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Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

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The Bridge of Silver Wings 2009

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The American Poet Who Went Home Again

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Visions of A Skylark Dressed in Black

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