At the frida kahlo exhibition

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
Trip End Dec 18, 2006

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

There is a reason we are built the way we are
Our bodies designed for forward motion
deliberately linear
With a straight forward piecing gaze
Like so many of her self portraits

There is a reason this gaze cannot seem to penetrate the future
Imagine seeing your life all at once
Blasted onto the beige wall of a temporary museum exhibit
With all the gentle delicacy of a machine gun.
What someone else has deemed significant
It doesn't even fill much space.
Accomplishments might bring some reassurance or directions
But what of the devastations
If they were all there to see at once
Who of us could go on?
If at the time of her first miscarriage
She could have known how many were still awaiting her endurance
How could she have survived?
Our heart can take more than we realize
If each time we think that this is it.
and lose whatever perspective we might have
To linearity.

Do you see the shape of it forming
Just under the text
A body outline on the wall
This life she led
This life you are leading
Close your eyes
Feel its form
You just a pinprick in the mist
What can you see?
when there are no straight lines in sight

copywrite/copyright lisa cockburn, 2006
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