Sunday, July 15, 2007

Liberty throws a surprise party

- a belated Bastille Day poem

The President is there, and the press, but she doesn’t show.
Where is she? Where is she hiding? She’s always late.

Liberty sleeps when she can. Liberty never smiles.
Liberty cries at weddings, but never at funerals.

Liberty digs her fingers like a mighty rake into the cobbled streets,
Tearing up stones and more stones for a stage to dance on; the barricade.

When Liberty has an orgasm ships go down at sea,
And the walls of great cities tremble and collapse.

Liberty sports a smart Phrygian cap, as does her sister, Barbarism.
Liberty paints her toenails with the blood of tyrants.


Blogger mrtn said...

Not to mention: Liberty has a *great* rack. And of course she cries at funerals.

12:56 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

You can't prove that.

3:26 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Sure I can, just look at the picture.

9:40 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Are we looking at the same picture? The one where she's tap dancing over a pile of corpses and the dying are clawing at her feet but she doesn't even offer them a glance? Look at the expression on her face: Where's the pity? Where's the compassion? This is a leader without mercy or remorse. Wait, let me just find another picture.

10:16 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Here is one of the paintings that inspired Delacroix, a painting by Gros of Napoleon on the Russian front. Notice the similarities; the Emperor aloft, the dying hussar (braided hair) reaching for his saber pouch, the positions of the corpses etc.

10:27 am  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Delacroix's painting is from the 1830 revolution, not the 1789 one. The monarchy had been reinstated, and paintings from the Napoleon era had not been shown in a while. Here is a painting by one of Delacroix's teachers - it's actually Delacroix we see lying face down in the foreground. Notice the guy without the pants, to the right of him. Clearly pants were in short supply in those days.

10:35 am  
Anonymous camilla said...

yup, the guy in the liberty painting too has no pants. Is that because he had no pants to wear or because he chose to take them off or because somebody else decided to take them off? art is actually quite intriguing

10:40 am  
Blogger anon said...

... or, chère Camille, the artist was simply implying that this is a brave sans-culotte (un personnage emblématique de la Révolution française) fallen in combat ...

10:29 pm  

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