Tuesday, August 21, 2007

BPAL Project: Bathsheba

"Your faith was strong, but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you.."

Bathsheba has a prettified sensuality that men are wont to paint in broad brushstrokes when attracted to beautiful women, the kind of women that seem a cliché to their own gender but not to the men who pursue them. Bathsheba's eyes are doe-like with mascara smudged vulnerability. She carries her extra poundage like a downy comforter waiting to enfold her admirers. Her mouth.. does she ever close it or is it always open in that half-ready, half-pout expression? She perfumes her hair with highly scented oil and the moonlight is bright in the sheen on her breasts.

Below, in the servants quarters, the maidservants speak her name with derision.

On the roof, a man watches in the shadows.

In the moonlight, she bathes.

Beauty is not always a simple thing.

Photograph "Bathsheba, 2001" by Christopher Braddock

The Seventh Daughter, Daughter of the Oath. She was King David's lover, and the mother of King Solomon. Her scent is breathtakingly lovely, exotic and powerfully sensual in its innocence: carnation, sensual plum, and Arabian musk.

1 comment:

Mr Skookum Rowdy, Esq. said...

That's a Pixies song. I think it pretty important to remember that King David, upon spotting luscious 'Sheba on the rooftop etc., most coldly dispatched her husband Uriah the Hittite into a battlefront where he, U., could express loyalty to his king, love for his rightful spouse, and commitment to the plot of the Old Testament, by gettin' promptly killed. Wotta guy!

This is a cute bum in this photo, but just having derriere-cleavage doesn't make it a blog, or a girl, or a sensual emanation, related to the Song of Songs. Jews don't do tats, for starters (is my understanding) and secondarily the ointments, perfumery and heated boffing of belly dancers while the camels sleep... well... it... Sorry, what was I saying?