~ atop the Manhattan skyline her similitude descends as rain we see her wonderwork we see her water-standing her very abandonment of draperies unassuming and artless where the heedless moths settle with bodies of mystic warmth colored with rose and a dash of flame ~ – for Audrey Munson
Audrey Marie Munson (June 8, 1891 – February 20, 1996) was an American artist's model and film actress, today considered "America's First Supermodel." In her time, she was variously known as "Miss Manhattan", the "Panama–Pacific Girl", the "Exposition Girl" and "American Venus." She was the model or inspiration for more than twelve statues in New York City, and many others elsewhere.
A face, a form and a surface ready to be scorned. Features, edges, texture, lines- all part of something bright in spite of putting up a fight. Restless, stoic, agitated are words to combine in order to express the world which I call mine.
Sitting, staring or a mere passerby thinks as though I'm a puzzle to entangle and intertwine but rather I am a piece that has paid her lease in order to attain what they call peace.
An art called by hardly any two; strange and displeasing said by a few. Deep down I know I'm remarkable even if the flicker of intensity from my eyes are invisible.
Mary Seacole Black nurse sculpture Your determination points To injustice. Your struggle To serve, be accepted. Why were you shamed and denied? This is the broken land where we live. Your courage, your stride Takes me to our weakness
To the ache in my chest like a broken blood vessel. And trace the lines in my hand To a bad rotting root. How many wounds did your hand with compassion soothe?
Behind your certitude I imagine pain. Did your hurting Search out injury and loss?
And as you nursed those violent lacerations, Patiently waiting whilst the pathway beat its course, Did you see as if through a veil, Your own fractured self, Fusing with your patient’s, Both your Injuries restore back together All the way towards their good health?
This poem is inspired by the sculpture by Michael Jennings which is of Mary Seacole which stands outside St Thomas's hospital looking over the river Thames and towards the House of Parliament.