Monday, August 17, 2015

To Be Frida Kahlo

A poem by Daniel A. Olivas

Never conventional
about anything she did.

Never apologetic
about who she was.

And it was not easy.

From paint,
she did art and poetry.

From the infidelities
of her husband,
she found freedom.

Frida was the only woman
that kept challenging Diego

: for the right reasons

: she always surprised him

: he truly believed she was a genius

And it was not easy.

SOURCE: In creating this poem, I borrowed and restructured phrases from a Salma Hayek interview conducted by Rebecca Murray and Fred Topel around the time of the 2002 release of the film Frida

IMAGE: Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo in the 2002 film Frida.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:  For many of us who grew up in the Mexican culture, Frida Kahlo has been part of our lives since childhood. Her “rediscovery” by the general public was somewhat surprising (for some) but quite welcome. If she were alive today, I believe she would have used the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, etc., as yet another canvas. I Googled Frida Kahlo and found an interview with Salma Hayak who played Kahlo in the 2002 movie Frida which was based on the truly remarkable 1983 biography by Hayden Herrera. 

[This poem was first published by Silver Birch Press.]

1 comment:

Sabrina Vourvoulias said...

I've admired her work forever, it seems. Here's a a link to an interactive article I put together, asking women — Latinas and non-Latinas — why her work and life speak to us so vividly: