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Blue Ishtar

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Painting and Poem Blue Ishtar Copyright  To Anne Frandi-Coory 

All Rights Reserved 19 August 2016

Painting Blue Ishtar  100cm x 100cm acrylic on canvas 

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Read my poem *Blue Ishtar* 

here in DRAGONS DESERTS and DREAMS

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Author Anne Frandi-Coory

 

In 2010 I wrote a book ‘Whatever Happened to Ishtar?’ – A memoir and family history told in two books entitled  ‘Italian Connections’  ‘Lebanese Connections’ … My Catholic childhood filled with fear, abuse, and gross neglect.

“Give me a child for seven years and I will give you the [woman]”

Anne in convent clothes

Anne Frandi-Coory at 8 years of age – just removed from Mercy Orphanage for the Poor in Dunedin

 

ishtar-front-cover

The theme running through the book relates to my passionate quest to find answers for generations of defeated mothers on both sides of my family tree. It’s about the brutal men in their lives, the endless pregnancies, and the women’s strict adherence to CathoIicism. In the end, the patriarchal Catholic Church betrayed their trust. Would Ishtar the Babylonian goddess have been a better role model and protector of female rights than the Virgin Mary turned out to be?

I know that in my mother’s case, if she had sought help from professionals rather than endlessly praying to her imaginary god, her life would have been far different.

I now live in Melbourne with my partner, Paul.

 

jesus's real face

The real face of Jesus

Oh Christianity!

a long history

forever arcane to us

mostly fantastical

no son of god he

a mere mortal, Jesus! 

 

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twittering

A coterie

of twittering friends

yet no exclusive club

are we

writers

painters

bloggers

poets

story tellers

a mere clique away

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coal fired power

In OzLand

Boondoggle

Coal Mine

opened

by the Abbott

‘To save Our Sun

from expiration

we’ll use coal

to power our nation’ 

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Great-Horned-Owl-tree

towit towoo

did wise owl coo

up in a tree

across from me

scilicet good evening

as he sits a-preening

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graduate

Modern day

ephebe

is stalked by a

cougar

whose only notion of

war

is the one she’s having with

 wrinkles

lichen

Ephebe?

I wouldn’t  lichen

that to any Greek god;

it’s just some

parasitic type of

fungus

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craquelure cropped

Like a Master’s

aged oil painting

craquelure

can’t conceal

the beauty

of a woman

or

her sensuality

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calypso

Odysseus

was always

open to seduction

therefore was

Calypso facto

incapable of sailing

away from

Ogygia

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helen of troy ships

Helen of Troy

raised a few

prows

when she launched

a thousand ships

but on the face of it,

that’s just a

figurehead

of speech

Christine Keeler

Christine Keeler (Profumo Affair)

oh

beautiful woman,

ultimate

plenipotentiary,

has launched

one thousand ships,

started wars,

brought down

governments,

made powerful men

cry

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whispering-angel

Psithurism

practised by

Greek gods;

their slanderous

gossip

filling the air like

the whispering

of trees

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Oh Sun God

you who warms

my very soul

and imbues

evening skies

with purple

orange yellow;

heavenly hues

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Funny how a scurrilous remark like

“my god’s words are more powerful than your god’s words”

can start a war that lasts for thousands of years!

holy bible

Bible

 

quran

Quran

Goddess Ishtar (Esther)

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Song of Ishtar – Descent to the Goddess

Me the woman he has filled with dismay

Has filled me the queen of heaven

with consternation…

I, the woman who circles the land-

Tell me where is my house,

Tell me where is the city in which I may live…

I, who am your daughter…The heirodule,

who am your bridesmaid

Tell me where is my house…The bird has its nesting place

But I – my young are dispersed

The fish lies in calm waters,

but I – my resting place exists not,

The dog kneels at the threshold, But I – I have no threshold…

– Ancient Anon.

Eventually statues of Ishtar, mesopotamian goddess, along with other pagan goddesses, would be taken from her grottos and replaced with statues of the Virgin Mary. The ramifications for women would be nothing less than catastrophic.

See post:  Catholic Dichotomy of the Female

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