Frida’s Reality

“I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” Frida Kahlo

Mexican heat invades
each night, pervades
the frangible seams
and transmutes dreams
to nightmares,
thickly oiling the barren
landscape vivid,
livid with pain.
Morning arrives again
with the promise of reality,
a canvas to daub with certainty
self-portraits of her truth.

Kim M. Russell, 3rd May 2018

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Without Hope, 1945 by Frida Kahlo – image found on

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Bits of Inspiration ~ Frida Kahlo  also linked to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night

Today Susie is inspiring us with the life and art of Frida Kahlo. She has given us a short autobiography, as well as quotes from Kahlo, and says that there is much to learn about this amazing woman. Susie says that she is drawn to her because she was a woman who suffered incredible pain, and chose to let it be her muse, her inspiration to create art.

For today’s challenge, Susie asks us to choose a quote, a photo, one of Frida’s art pieces as inspiration or like Frida, paint a new poem with words.


50 thoughts on “Frida’s Reality

  1. “Morning arrives again with the promise of reality”.. this is so raw, so eloquent.. You describe beautifully the pain that envelops one with indomitable force.💞

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  2. I discovered Frida Kahlo back in the 1950’s when I was in Art school. I don’t think any artist has been more honest in her art, knowing that her talent would be a memory of her life. It is so good that we honour the truth of her life and art. Your chosen picture of her vomiting the pain of illness is a great choice to accompany your poem.

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  3. Wow…..This is an amazing post to the painting. These words
    “transmutes dreams
    to nightmares,
    thickly oiling the barren
    landscape vivid,
    livid with pain.”
    I think it’s especially the “thickly oiling” that makes this so visceral….we feel the pain with those words.

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      1. I hope not. Her bio said she had polio, a bad wreck that sent a metal rod (surgical device, i think), through her body, a bad marriage, affairs, etc. I think she was pretty close to bed ridden in her twilight years.

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