The Madness of doors.

The talent Geoff LePard posted about an exhibition he visited at Tate Modern. The exhibition was of the work of Dorothea Tanning. I was so taken by what Geoff had to say about his visit not only the artwork but also an over heard conversation in the cafe. You can read the post here. The Surreal in the Here and Now.

Below is one of Dorothea’s paintings it really took my eye and I had to write a mirror Etheree about it. This is just my interpretation, I am probably well off of the mark. I don’t care because it spoke to me. So thanks to Geoff we have.

The madness of doors.


You say

I am mad

This demon here

Knows better than that

I just gave birth to it

Don’t dare look at me like that

Mad, no I have opened the doors

Madness lies in closed doors, teathered souls

Clawing at the wood screaming to be free.

Don’t approach, this fruit of my womb may bite.

If you disturb it, it will take flight

Madness lies that way you must know

I’ll not take your food or drink

It will sully my milk

My child needs to feed

To sate it’s greed

I know I

Am not



The painting is by Dorothea Tanning. It is called Birthday, 1942, Oil on canvas.

I wrote about a birth before I found out it was actually called Birthday.

40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:54:20

    Great poem sis!


  2. Jane Dougherty
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:37:13

    Surreal is the word! I think you captured that aspect of it beautifully πŸ™‚


  3. Colleen Chesebro
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:44:20

    Willow this is very good. You took on the persona of the woman. ❀️


  4. TanGental
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 11:56:28

    A perfect evocation..


  5. Violet Lentz
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 12:42:30

    What an excellent read in to the image! i wrote a post called The Door for tomorrow, and this leaves me hoping madness is not waiting for me on the other side! Wonderful write, Willow.


  6. TanGental
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 12:56:14

    I think you have taken flight with this


  7. JT Twissel
    Apr 24, 2019 @ 19:20:44

    Nicely done. We’re all a little mad but some are really trapped.


  8. robertawrites235681907
    Apr 26, 2019 @ 16:39:35

    This is a great poem, Willow. I was also quite taken by that post and this particular picture.


  9. Betty Hayes Albright
    Apr 28, 2019 @ 19:27:10

    Interesting painting, and I like your poetic interpretation of it, Willow.


  10. Robert Matthew Goldstein
    Nov 06, 2019 @ 20:17:36

    This is such a well-written poem, Willow. Thanks you for leaving the link.


  11. roughwighting
    Nov 09, 2019 @ 18:14:33

    W O W. I’m glad you included this link to your birthday greeting to Rob. I love love love this poem. She is NOT mad, and may she (and we) always open those doors (and feed the demon).


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