Frida Kahlo painting “Las Dos Fridas”, 1939. Photo by Nickolas Muray
Frida, bright red flowers in her hair,
head tilted, off-white earrings dangling
paused to look at Nickolas/
brush and paint-blotched palette held
in her left hand she is two places at once:
caught on film in this snapshot moment
and the next stroke of her brush moving in her mind,
the large canvas of Las Dos Fridas
behind her, two stately-postured versions of herself
holding hands, clouds in a dark blue sky behind/
Nickolas wonders at the three Fridas before him
at the striking woman paused on her stool
the other two of her sitting in front of sky/
it is too much!
these many versions of one/
does holding hands prevent disappearing into clouds?
her painted selves live in her mind freely
till anchored in paint and canvas
Nickolas is confused for a moment
Which Frida is real?