Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Ode to breast feeding.



 A mademoiselle from Le Havre
Was heard to say; ‘I was in love!
But my man departed
Now I’m broken hearted
But at least the baby won’t starve!’

This must have been a bit risqué in 1898, but we know from art going back many thousands of years that the female form has remained a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

Take a look at what real Magpie poets have to say about this lovely Degas image.

15 comments:

  1. Oh sure, Stafford! You are thinking about the baby...

    I am still around. Decided to work on French poetry while I take a break.

    Do take care and please work on your projects - do not let it slide!

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  2. and it stays that thing of beauty for sure...what an interesting tale you tell...i am glad the baby has the mom to care for it...

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  3. Let's have a vote ~~ think she would take him back?

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  4. Ah, the beauty of breast feeding. Yes, the female form has been the subject of many an acclaimed artist, up until the present puritanical age.

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  5. hahaha that is terrible Stafford ;)

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  6. Her position as wife was at best, Titular!

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  7. By the way tou heard of this David Tacey bloke at Latrobe university. Just read a fearless vook of his called "reenchantment" about the salvation of us secular and godless Australians, he golds up Patrick White as our prophet dor the new milennium , fascinating stuff. Its hard to know you live in an apartheid rationalist racist patriarchy when everyones singing from the same hymn sheet !

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  8. Witty and wise Stafford! I think women are lucky- I loved nursing my babies not to mention it was very convenient! Those quiet midnight times are precious to me.

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  9. Ah, yes. The good old breast feed. Comes in handy in traffic jams, it does....... ( o Y o ) ..........!

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  10. Beautiful painting. Wry poem. But I'm laughing, Ford.

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  11. Like bees to the flower....

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  12. I like that you used a specific place name in it - Le Havre - to lend it a feeling of authenticity!

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