Belle du Freak


“Six coins to poke the freak,
twelve coins to make her scream!”
Gold covered the announcer’s teeth,
silver clinked in his hollow breast.

Having heard the man speak,
the Witch sold her wagon,
paid ten coins of silver and of gold three.

“Do not poke,” she told the stick,
“real tales aren’t told through shrieks.”

Pure of soul and of flesh, she was.
One of a kind, thought the Witch.
Not half woman and half spider,
but one of Nature. Whole. Complete.

Carving Flesh Tales, Part 2 of 3
Spelling Brightness, Part 3 of 3

One day, I will write the story of how she spider-woman goes free and becomes anything she wants. Maybe she will get a magnificent red dress and eight stunning boots, like the beauty in Madre by Ray Caesar.
Tomorrow night, the circus comes to town. Won’t you wear your best smile, and join the The Moonlight Party under the Big Top? I will be there with 13 coins, rooting for the spider-woman, wishing her free. 

 

60 comments:

  1. That is an awesome image...and I too would have paid them NOT to poke her...before ripping their heads off and freeing her :D XXX

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    1. I'm all for the "ripping their heads off" bit, but I would wait until after rescuing her and until she regains her strength. I have a feeling she would enjoy the sight of their entrails on the ground ;-)

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  2. What a wonderful fine art doll!! What a sad tale!! I can see why it inspired you so
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. The funny thing is that that tale is not even about the spider-woman. She only gets a few paragraphs. The story is about an winged old man who might or might not be an angel. They abuse the poor creature just as much. I hurt with the thought of what people do to each other and to things they don't understand.

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  3. He is my favourite writer. The story you mention i have n't paid much attention until my favorite song writer wrote a beautiful very touching song based on that story. I cried over that song a lot!
    Blessed be!

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    1. What song!?! Do tell. I've read all of Gabriel García Márquez's books, and I mean ALL of them. I'm excited because I didn't know of a song, to think that there is something new of him I can enjoy makes me all giddy. I will be doing some research today!

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  4. Great poem and post! Nice play on "Belle du Jour" by the way.

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    1. I had never heard of Belle du Jour *shame* so I googled it. What a powerful story. I was a bit wild-eyed thinking about the way certain motifs project through time and culture.

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  5. I am not familiar with this author. I feel as if i have missed something important because the image of the spider woman is a powerful one. Does she have a vulva between each of her legs Magaly? Definitely an image of the Goddess. I was comforted by your last lines, "One of nature. Whole. complete." Lovely to read for anyone who has ever felt different or on the outside looking in.

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    1. Francie, I think you would really like Márquez. The man's mind is full of wonderful things. His fiction is full of critical thinking, humor, and he has a very interesting way of analyzing politics and history. Some people can't deal with magical realism, but knowing you are a Catholic tells me that you might find it to your taste. If you ever read any of his work, do let me know. I would love to read what you think about it.

      The spider-woman in the story is not described at length, for it is not her story. But you are right, if her biology followed your thought patterns then she would be a magnificent example of the goddess. Then again, aren't we all? Even the two-legged ones ;-)

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  6. I've never heard that tale before, but you've got my mind racing with visions of beautiful spider women. Maybe I'll put her on paper sometime. :)

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    1. The spider in the story is not portrayed as a beautiful creature, just one that is abused and displayed. Oh, how I would love for your to make her gorgeous as she should be ;-)

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  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pleLTekteQ 8 minutes in, is what I picture as a SpiderWoman. ;)

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    1. I'm still laughing at the hair curlers lol

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  8. "One of Nature. Whole. Complete." Sigh...and so, Peace found me at last tonight. Your Spider Woman is so hauntingly beautiful, Magaly, and your words even more so. Thank you for the gift of your Creations and the Peace the "spell" of Peace you managed to turn them into.

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    1. Thanks you for those kind words. They remind me of something a person I much admire once said, "I wish every person had an old and blind soul. People who can see and those who have lived long know that everything is beautiful in more than one way."

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  9. you're awesome my dear!!!this was wonderful, thank you:)

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    1. I'm glad you like it. It was a pleasure to write. I can't wait to write what comes next.

      And your "Magaly and Celeste" put the biggest of smiles on my face ;-)

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  10. "Six coins to poke the freak,
    twelve coins to make her scream!” yikes. poor spider woman. damn freak shows. i'd like to hear (your take) on her escape!!!! (and her revenge on those that tormented & took advantage of her!)

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    1. Oh, I'm sure her come back will be... interesting. Some things shouldn't go unchecked ;-)

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  11. Oh, I like Laura's idea - could you continue the story? I love your writing and am always in awe of your posts.
    The spider woman I used was from a 1927 movie. The Show

    You have given me more to look into for my winter reading time.

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    1. I love the face of your spider choice. And I think Laura, you, the spider and I will get our wish ;-)

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  12. Very interesting. I have never heard of the spider woman but will have to check it out now. And what a great image you found!

    Hugs
    Caroline

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    1. It is a short story, and you can get it only for free, yay!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this story with us! how Sad it must be to be a spider just the word inspires fear and dread! Julie x

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    1. I share your feelings, and have been wondering about the story she so enthusiastically share with people. I might have to write it ;-)

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  14. wow what a wonderful art doll and story i went to read some and it is sad but a reminder that we all need to be " angels" and help those who can't help themselves... I hope you give her a happy ending thank you for joining us
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    (¸¸¸.•*¨`*•.•´*.¸.•´* .•´*¸¸.•*¨`*• ♥♥ hugs wendy

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    1. I just thought about the old angel in the story and how everyone treats him, too. You would think that the sight of something incredible would inspire curiosity and some kind of kindness, but no, people rather sell it and poke it. Sad. But it is such a good story ;-)

      Thanks so much for the great party!

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  15. Very interesting spider lady. Those boots would be wicked to wear!!! Thank you for such a unique post... and thanks for visiting my Circus:

    http://www.moonlyf.com/2012/09/moonlight-party-under-big-top.html

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    1. I do like those boots, particularly the color. I would love a pair in the same shade of black/red. I might have to get some nail polish that color to amuse myself ;-)

      I shall go and ride again!

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  16. Oh that poor spider woman. I would cry for her as well. I think that story just touches on a very real dark side of humanity. And your poem...what beauty. I love the ending. "...one of Nature. Whole. Complete." How we all should feel about ourselves and others. That gorgeous woman with the amazing eight black shoes is breathtaking! Warmest hugs, sweetie.

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    1. I see that I'm not the only one lusting after the shoes. Aren't they wonderful? Maybe we need to get us a pair. Then we'll use it to kick the butts of the abusers ;-)

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    2. I've been searching for red boots!

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  17. I'm usually scared of spiders, but I would rescue her and together we would conquer our fears and then the world. Come on by and take a carousel ride. http://mividalocacalistyle.blogspot.com/2012/09/moonlight-party-under-big-top.html

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    1. WoooHooo! That's a plan. I will grab my super-witch bag and get to it. After we are done liberating and conquering we should have a blast ;-)

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  18. your spider woman is really scary!

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    1. Really? How so? I'm always interested in this kind of things. I don't find her scary. The one in the story is a victim, and the one in Caesar's piece is super hot. Which do you find scary?

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  19. I love the image and I love your poem! Poor spider woman! I love how you wrote, One of Nature. Whole. Complete ;o)

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    1. You know me. I can't stand when people label something that is different as unnatural. I think they are just complete and perfect in their own way.

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  20. I had never heard of the Spider Woman, but as chance would have it I stumbled across an old "trick" photograph of her just hours before I read your entry! I love your writing. I will have to come back more often!

    The All Hallow's Grim party sounds delicious, though I'm not sure I will have the time to come up with something until then. English is my second language, to say my writing nerve is rusty is an understatement, and these months are crazy for me... Hmm, maybe just a spooky poem though..? :)
    I'll get back to you!

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    1. My lovely Ms Misantropia, English is my second language, too, so we can be ESL Queens together ;-)

      I've always found the myth of the spider woman quite intriguing. Ever since I read about Anansi the Spider (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anansi) for the longest time, I thought he was a girl lol.

      Just so you know, I've been dreaming of pink moneybags, creepy faery princess, and the fact that "We Can Kick Ass!"

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  21. Leave it to you to come up with something very special and powerful for this party. Kudos!

    Lovely party post -- to check out mine, please click here.

    Hugs,
    Birgit

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    1. You know me, always trying to bring weird back and make as sexy as it should be ;-)

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  22. Interesting and delicious Spider Woman.

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    1. Thanks for taking a bite ;-)

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  23. Magaly, you MUST write the story of how the spider-woman goes free...you must!!! Free spirit here.
    Loved this from beginning to end. Touched my heart too.
    By the way, I really like your confidence over at the shop regarding our party favor. hahahaha I LOVE it! Made me laugh instantly.
    Thank you, love.
    On to more circus celebration.
    XOXO's,
    Marcia

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    1. I don't think the spider-woman, the witch, and certain girl and her elephant would leave me alone if I didn't write this story. Maybe it will be the one for All Hallow's Grim: The Darker Side of Faerie... or maybe earlier than that. I hate knowing she is trapped.

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  24. I feel bad for the spider woman but I'm torn between saving her and running away. The way I see it, she's not being treated very well which means she's not fed very well. So, if I'm the first tasty morsel she sees, I'm lunch.

    The picture of the spider woman with the boots also split me emotionally. Yes, she's scary in a cool fashionista sort of way but then my X chromosomes activated. It saw her boots and said: "Nice! I hope she got them on sale!"

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    1. The best heroines are those who are afraid of saving the day, but push through their fears and save the world in the process. Even when they might think they'll be lunch.

      Your reaction at the shoes made me roar!

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  25. As in all things you do, I can see your path to writing was felt first in the heart...

    This poem is touching....and the doll image fantastic!

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    1. I always grin--with pure happiness--when I read comments like this. I've always loved words, but I didn't start writing until very late in my life, and when I typed the first words, I knew it was meant to be ;-)

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  26. We are all "freaks" at some time or other - poked for the amusement and ego boosting of another. It is the kindness of a few that saves us.

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  27. Love this--very fresh and real--might need a little tweak here and there, but not much rewrite--I agree though that one wants to re-do one's best old work--sometimes one can, sometimes, it is too strong the way it is.

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    1. I think I will just tweak the format... a bit. This was the 10th or 11th poem I ever wrote--I love the motifs and the character, but the structure and execution and clunky (my terrible attempt at rhyme is an example, lol).

      I am really, really, really excited about this. If four years ago, anyone would have told me that I would be feeling this way right now, I would have laughed my butt off.

      Life happens, and so do we, right? ♥

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  28. This is quite a coherent and clear poem, as well as a magical one(in *all* senses of the word)and there is little trace of beginner's trepidation--only, I would say, beginner's luck. And I agree, it works even better as a story-poem collaboration.

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    1. Beginner's trepidation and then some! :-D

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