Under a Mexican Sky by Lidia Chiarelli

(to Frida Kahlo)

“I paint flowers so they will not die.” –Frida Kahlo

It was perhaps the trace of a future
already marked
your eyes were looking for
among the frayed clouds
of a Mexican sky.

It was a swirl of colors and golden threads
of your tahuana skirt
while you
-hurt and never won –
challenged the world,

They were lipstick kisses
with which you signed your letters
in the torpor of an unusual quiet
that surfaced slowly
from a limbo of pain.

It was perhaps an elusive dream
a regret for the lost days
for the life
stolen from you
on a distant morning
on a bus
suddenly gone mad



Lidia Chiarelli was born and raised in Turin (Italy), where in 2007 she founded with Aeronwy Thomas the Art-literary Movement: Imagine & Poesia. In 2014 she started an inter-cultural project with Canadian writer and editor Huguette Bertrand publishing ebooks of poetry and art online.

Lidia’s passion for creative writing has motivated her to write poetry, and she has become an award winning poet since 2011. Pushcart Prize Nomination (U.S.A.) in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, and 2019. Her writing has been translated into more than 20 languages and published in poetry magazines and on websites in many countries.

After visiting the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2010, Lidia was inspired to create installations similar to Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree, hanging poems and art cards on the trees. Lidia Chiarelli has exhibited her “Poetry&Art Trees” in Italy and abroad. She is also an appreciated collage artist.

For more, see her website.