Cinquain/XII

her blade
rips howling veins
in a radical raid,
committing misbegotten reigns
to chains

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Caravaggio’s Judith Beheading Holofernes is one of my favorite Baroque paintings.  Judith’s beheading of Holofernes is the subject of over 100 paintings and sculptures.  I recently discovered a beautiful treatment of the story by German painter August Riedel.

 

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