The Only One

Today at Toads Susie asks us to find inspiration in the life and art of Frida Kahlo. I admit, I never knew that much about her. Since I have googled her and found out quite a bit. Susie gives us quotes and pics. I chose a different quote and a portrait she painted of her husband, Diego. The indomitable spirit of Frida inspired this poem.

The Only One
“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.” Frida Kahlo

I thought when he left I would die.
Die of pain.
Die of grief.
Die of emptiness.
Die without passion.
Then one day I woke up.
Self sez to me:
Do you think you are the only person who has ridden
this train wreck to the end of the line?
Do you think you are the only person to have someone
who spoke to the darkness in your soul?
Do you think you will never again scream in ecstasy
and rake your nails across someone’s back?
Get back on that trolley
and pay the fare again.
Don’t pull the bell until you are past your stop.
Then walk back and open the door.

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vivian Zems
    May 03, 2018 @ 16:31:32

    Love what you did here…these pep talks always help 🙂

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  2. clayandbranches
    May 03, 2018 @ 16:42:27

    Love the self-affirmation in this poem. We do have these kind of inner conversations and the self usually knows what to do right off the bat, but doubts decision or fears action… Glad the speaker is about to open that door.

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  3. Sherry Marr
    May 03, 2018 @ 16:50:35

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! I resonated with and loved every line.

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  4. coalblack
    May 03, 2018 @ 17:43:12

    Yep, spoken like a gf who has been there.

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  5. oldegg
    May 03, 2018 @ 20:22:32

    Yes, I really loved the way you wrote this.

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  6. sanaarizvi
    May 04, 2018 @ 03:29:25

    Love this!💜 We often forget to pick ourselves up after falling in sorrow and at that moment a pep talk (especially one as effective as this one) is exactly what we need. Beautifully executed.💜

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  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    May 04, 2018 @ 06:39:31

    I think this speaks for all those relationships that work like an accident… there is always something that urge that makes women to climb back on the train again….

    “.. rake your nails across someone’s back”… yes there it is.

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  8. ladynyo
    May 04, 2018 @ 09:55:52

    Really like this, Toni. Diego was the typical Latin macho man who disregarded women and especially Kahlo. I remember reading about his behavior and thought. Ugh. I don’t want to associate myself with such. Pain comes in so many forms….and a narcissistic and brutal man is the worse. Like especially the line,…get off past your stop and walk back. You did a marvelous job with this sad subject.

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    • kanzensakura
      May 04, 2018 @ 11:20:21

      Yes. And for all the hero worship, she was just a woman with great vulnerabilities. Like most of us. Insecurities, physical pain, mental pain….The whole nine yards. I always found most of her work to be a bit creepy. I’ll take Georgia O’Keefe any day.

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      • ladynyo
        May 04, 2018 @ 14:53:07

        I’m with you, Toni. I also find her work rather creepy. Didn’t know why I avoided her work, but I think you sum it up very well. Prhaps the pain is too apparent. It scared me away. I was very uncomfortable viewing her works and I never really could tell why. Diego was a monster but a monster that was celebrated in many then.

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  9. Kerry
    May 05, 2018 @ 05:16:08

    Good advice but not so easy to put into effect.

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    • kanzensakura
      May 05, 2018 @ 10:26:26

      This is exactly the advice my best friend gave me when a love of 13 years folded in on itself. I had taken to my bed. She let me wallow in my pain for a few days and then she cane and lowered the boom. I got out of bed and began the long slow walk back to life. Not for nothing has she been my best friend since 1973. I returned the favor when a few years later the sane thing happened to her. Yes it is hard to take that advice. But I had two choices: stay in bed and die or move forward. I moved forward.

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  10. dgkaye
    May 07, 2018 @ 22:27:08

    Powerful poem. I read the life story of Frida and this poem is exquisite and fitting. 🙂

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