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© MindTheStep
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When I met Anna, was Mother's Day. She stopped me asking what had happened to her mother, and where were her 'children', who could not see for twenty years. We talked for a while, and then she explained that

"a woman who lives alone

without a shield stained

without a history of children

is neither mother nor female

but a hybrid name that is

printed at the bottom of your page".

L'amore, quello che io cerco- Alda Merini


quello che io cerco

non è certo dentro il tuo corpo

che adagi su donne facili

senza alcuno spessore.

L'amore quello che voglio io

è la tua costante presenza

è l'occhio vigile del padrone

che arde del suo cavallo.

Così ho cavalcato cavalli d'ombra

e gli altri mi hanno

visto correre senza briglie

mi hanno considerato pazza.

In effetti una donna che vive sola

senza uno scudo istoriato

senza una storia di bimbi

non è nè madre nè donna

ma un ibrido nome che viene

stampato in calce alla tua pagina.

22 responses

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (18 Sep 2011):

    Powerful portrait.

  • Elyseo

    Elyseo gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    ottimo lavoro, la poesia di Alda rafforza la foto!brava!

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep said (25 Sep 2011):

    @Grazie mille Eliseo; sono molto affezionata a questa foto e alla circostanza in cui l'ho scattata. Dunque il tuo complimento mi è molto più gradito! :)
    @Thanks Susan, for the support and the esteem! :))

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (26 Sep 2011):


  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (27 Sep 2011):


  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Friggin' amazin'!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    Wonderful portrait!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (28 Sep 2011):

    I can not read the language?..Spanish? forgive me for my ignoirance...great portrait..

  • Mato P

    Mato P gave props (29 Sep 2011):

    very strong portrait, bravo

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (29 Sep 2011):

    very strong portrait. wonderful photo.

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep said (29 Sep 2011):

    Thanks to all of you! ;)

  • Arthur Oisín Adler

    Arthur Oisín Adler (Deleted) said (30 Sep 2011):

    that would be a fantastic addition to Nice to meet you theme...

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep said (30 Sep 2011):

    Thanks Arthur, it's a good suggestion! :)

  • Kurt Bangert

    Kurt Bangert   gave props (1 Oct 2011):

    Fantastic Portrait - and story with it

  • Dennis Watts

    Dennis Watts gave props (2 Oct 2011):


  • Niharika Sanyal

    Niharika Sanyal gave props (7 Oct 2011):

    an incredible portrait! there is so much character in that face, startling! exquisite!

  • Bernard Reznicek

    Bernard Reznicek gave props (11 Oct 2011):

    Beautiful capture.

  • Dorothy Menosky

    Dorothy Menosky gave props (11 Oct 2011):


  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (16 Oct 2011):

    Great portrait!

  • Ruzanna Shortstuffyan

    Ruzanna Shortstuffyan gave props (14 Nov 2011):

    love this portrait!

  • Vincent J. DeSanto

    Vincent J. DeSanto said (16 Dec 2011):

    Great portrait Valentina.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (19 Mar 2014):

    Compelling, emotional portrait.

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