Emperor of the Dawn

For Real Toads, Kerry’s Art Flash/55  An American Sentence.

Emperor of the Dawn
Quincy Washington
used by permission



Emperor of the Dawn
“Loneliness will sit over our roofs with brooding wings.” ― Bram Stoker, Dracula

Bat winged dawn awakens me –  among the nightmares lonely flowers bloom.

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.

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