Sadiqullah Khan

Impromptu - Poem by Sadiqullah Khan

Women in ice you four maidens,
Frigid cold, whose curse though!
Found naked by, none know,
Or the beloved who had become,
Rock with unkempt grass your hair
A woman who wished to become stone,
When revealed her out to the lover's gaze -
Shed the ice, and slowly melt,
Your exterior in silk be your sublime grace,
Or walk the walls, of centuries old,
Your pitcher break, refuse to fetch,
From down the hill waters though
Create and spin, your fertility,
Rites of birth, celebrations unbridle,
O break the tides of the ruinous now
Invent a future, on liberty's throes.

-On an impromptu call to write on four women iced, by Nadine Jessel.

Sadiqullah Khan
January 24,2016.

Topic(s) of this poem: love and art

Form: Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

In 2009, Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo created 1000 men and women figurines made out of ice for the completion of her Public art installation, The Minimum Monument (Melting Men) . Throughout its life in the outdoor space, the ice figurines slowly melted until their disappearance. Originally placed in Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt Square, the piece was to bring awareness of Global Warming. Minimum Monument was then installed in Ireland as part of the Festival of Queens; there, the artist, recreated the original in order to visually remind people of the melting ice caps in Greenland and Antarctica. Since then, the installation has travelled to many cities around the world and it remains internationally known as ‘climate-change art'. @ beautifuldecay

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, January 25, 2016

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