Tuesday, September 24, 2019
L'inconnue De La Seine
See the smile, forged from the deep cold waters
of the Seine, and now fixed forever within a tranquil frame.
Enigmatic, sleeping contentment, no trace of life's impromptu end
Unknown to all but God, and yet now beloved and kissed by unknown lips
Named by men.. L'inconnue de la Seine
Her death mask a call to recognition, so common in the day
It's gentle, beauty imprinted in his mind, so immortal the image,
he created the mannequin in her likeness.. now so familiar
The maidens dead lips bringing to life, those once lost,
renewing precious breath and being.
Her anonymity in death now illustrious in the living
and forever revered in her new form
Sleep well ma petite, 'Unknown Woman of the Seine'
Topic(s) of this poem: death,immortality,unknown,woman
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
This is the death mask of a young woman who drowned in the Seine in the 1880'.To help identify unknown persons a death mask was made in the hope someone would recognise her. This particular image was so powerful that many copies were made. Many years later a young man, developing what would become known as a CPR doll, wanted to give his mannequin a natural appearance and herememberedthe image he had seen of the ‘Unknown Woman of the Seine and she now graces the apparatus that has brought lifemany many people and she probably has the most kissed face of all time.