O thou dystopic diagram of shadows wherein we see the frame of us and hunt the breakage. Where wert thou hidden, method and artifact, before she birthed and named you? On the precise edge of language changing from reverent cases and declensions to scientific lists, and as if to mark that cross-road between French élan and Polish with its rubicund elegance you sit. Maria Salomea Skłodowska! Her name like Revelation’s horn sprung via Uniwersytet Latający from under the Russian thumb to become Madame Curie wife of Pierre, but you you were her muse whispering: Patrzcie! Maria, Patrz. And Niech pani Maria zatańczy. Let the Lady dance as if with Red Shoes stolen from another wisdom no less true in Paris or Warsaw: what you begin to pursue may in turn capture you. Model of womanhood, life given to something useful: perhaps her spirit whispers now in the hum, her touch soft as lead aprons: Show me where it hurts.
Today’s image is by Helga Kattinger, found on the mighty pixabay.com – a beautiful image of the Marie Curie rose.