This Skin – Blogging U Poetry 201

I really liked this assignment because I love prose. I haven’t worked with it much since the spring, but I think it’s fun to write because while there are rules, sort of, there aren’t rules at the same time. I mean, prose needs somewhat of a rhythm to keep it going otherwise it’s just fiction. There has to be a bit of a lyrical quality in my opinion.

The assignment of Day 3: Skin, Prose Poem, Internal Rhyme  ended up being fitting with my earlier post of She’s A Woman In Gold.  I like internal rhyme and I think I might have gotten carried away with it, but words just started hitting together so there is a lot.

Probably because gold was part of the theme I went with along with looks and, well it’s kind of a metaphor if you read both posts. I’m not exactly sure what I’m saying.  Also, as I wrote this, I had Shawn Mendes’ song “Stitches” repeating over and over in my head. I have to add that Ben Huberman’s consistent use of musical inspiration this time around is thrilling me. I have been meaning to write a post for ages about the fact that people say they don’t like poetry, but music is poetry. Pure and simple. So, Ben, thank you! I love music; I love poetry… they go hand in hand. As I wrote this, I felt like I could rap it, which I can’t rap even though I love some of it. But this has kind of that slam poetry feeling. Oh, now that would be fun to do. To go up on stage and slam this one down.

So, without further ado…….

This Skin
by Katie Lyn (see that rhyme?)

Soft skin, the skin that I’m in, satin touch, rarely rough, I’m smooth as can be and all totally me. I’m a little bit more, all kissed by the sun, golden with glitter all bronzed and just fine, a bronzing that shines, smoothing down long thin lines. I’m summer soft sexy, a true golden girl. California’s child, a little bit wild, and really quite mild. My skin is like me, a shield and so thin, I’m easily pricked by words that cut in. A pin is like words, it can just dig right in, drawing forth blood and tears flowing out like a flood. My skin is so tough, from the hot summer sun, but prick and see I’m not all of me. I’m me and I’m not, my skin hides my flaws, my inner true self, tucked up on a shelf. I write who I am, and it’s far from just planned, but look at my words and see who is me. The skin that I’m in is just totally me, I’m girly and sweet, and that’s just who I am.

Again, gosh that was fun.

She’s A Woman In Gold – Day No. 7

Portrait der Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt...

Portrait der Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt, 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Back in July my family and I watched The Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren, about the famous Klimt painting that the Austrians ‘kept’ for years from the rightful owners.  It was this film, and the subsequent book that was the inspiration for my month of femininity and women. I can’t really explain the reasons why, now, but at the time it made perfect sense.  I think I was inspired by the beauty of the painting and the femininity of it.

The story alone is rather remarkable. A well known Jewish woman in Austria who is a patron of arts has an impressionistic painting done of her. During WWII the painting is stolen by the nazis (I will not capitalize that word) and the museum in Vienna keeps the painting for years saying it is theirs and was willed to them by the woman. Well, not so and the woman’s niece fights to get it back.

Okay, brief story. Watch the film or read the book THE LADY IN GOLD: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt‘s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer
by Anne-Marie O’Connor.  It is a serious page turner and the information in that book will leave you hating Austria…FYI.

The Kiss 1907–1908. Oil on canvas. Österreichi...

The Kiss 1907–1908. Oil on canvas. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Adele Bloch-Bauer was a stunning beauty of the early 20th century in Vienna.  Her relationship with Gustav Klimt was ‘interesting’ because there are several opinions and things you could infer from the accounts of their relationship. Klimt was a masterful artist and his portrait of Adele is incredible.  I’m not sure when I first saw it, but I knew about it long before I saw the film.  Klimt’s The Kiss is another famous painting from the same time period and is considered Art Nouveau, a shoot off of impressionism. Which, since I love impressionism, is why I find these paintings so stunning.

Sensual, stunning, a ‘goddess’ to look at. There is something mysterious about them. And maybe because of all the gold used, yes, actual gold leaf applied in mosaic patterns, it looks like it should belong in a king’s palace.

Klimt’s work is stunning in my opinion, and it is a shame some of it was lost in the war. Fortunately some of his amazing works are still available to be seen.  His portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer is hung in the Neue Galerie and is open to the public, one of the stipulations of the sale of the painting by Adele’s niece.  One day, I hope to be able to see it in person.

But even if I never get to see any of these paintings in person, I can still admire  the artistry and talent of Klimt. And for those wondering, I highly recommend the film, The Woman in Gold, along with the book. I seriously think both need to be used in high school curriculum as they have so much history in them, especially regarding the Jews during WWII.