Poetry (23)

Hello Escritori,

I watched a John Wayne cowboy movie a long time ago, exploring with one character an American Indian phenomenon of ‘the white painted lady’ – now I’m not too sure how anthropologically reliable a John Wayne movie is – so forgive me if I err.

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White Painted Lady*

In the ash grey dawn

You,

Unlikely squaw

Your face

Wild with

War-paint

Must make

A choice

And seal

Your fate.

 

The mask

You crafted

Will be

Stripped away soon

And you

Must ask the question:

Lyca,**

Will you run

With the pack,

Or howl at the moon?

 

What will you do?

Will you tell them

That small, destructive truth?

I painted

Myself

In this holy state

For

Him

And 

Not

For

You.

 

(© Copyright Pola Negri 18/11/2015.)

KEY: * A young squaw, face painted white, probably on the cusp of puberty, but considered to be at the height of her shamanistic powers: a holy person at that point in time. ** Lyca is a Blake reference, a girl’s name and is also a spelling variant of the word ‘wolf’ in Greek.

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Poetry (23)

  1. Squaw: there’s a lovely word! 🙂 I skim-read this (As I was in a hurry) but have bookmarked it for a closer read. :)))

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