|Sybille Sterk 1485 posts||
Here in England spring hasn’t quite arrived yet. True, the days are longer and there is the odd sunny day, but mostly it is grey and dark, or at least so it feels to me. I am one of those people suffering from the lack of light in the winter and quite happily would I spend my days hidden in some cave until spring arrives once more.
Hence the theme for the features this week is leaving the dark behind and welcoming the light with open arms. However, to get to the light we are starting in the dark. Without the shadow the light would be nothing….
Starting off with our current Featured Artist – if you haven’t checked her feature yet, please do – we begin with the eternal sleep; this so reminds me of Snow White and her poisoned sleep after eating the apple. There is beauty in the dark and no one shows it as well as Strawberries.
This prose touched me deeply. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy, we trust that there will be a hero to rescue us, when all along this knight in shining armour hides somewhere else entirely.
Fear never leaves you. It just lies under your skin like inspiration, waiting for the opportune moment to slip into your eyes and show the mirror what you always are and always will be. A child. scared and wondering what’s going to happen and who’s going to do it. It always comes back, and when it does there is no more man there is only fear and the cover that holds it. You. You cannot hope to have people understand why fear looks the way it does in your eyes because it certainly looks different in another’s. That’s why the only person that can really save you is your own self. There is never going to be a knight in white armor. You must be the Knight, the sword, and the armor. And you must understand that you need to get broken and dirty and ugly to save the thing you instinctively find the most important. Yourself. Fear isn’t the enemy it’s the motive and you must be your own effector and savior.
We hide who we are, we keep silent about how we feel and we linger in the shadows….
Worlds secreted away deep in the recesses of our mind shining and flowing when we dream,
Painting nocturnes in the pale moonlight
The liquid darkness sunsets before me
Come quickly as the incuba of thought is like a dying comet,
O just look at those unimaginable shapes!
The tempestous dawn came all too effortlessly
The memories, the hurts and the pain we experience weigh down our hearts and make it difficult to move on, but move on we must, because the world never stops and carries us on into the future, and how can we decide what this future will be if we don’t take part in shaping it?
What can I say? Where there’s life there’s hope….
How can you appreciate the light if you haven’t seen darkness; how can you be found if you haven’t been lost?
And so the journey into the light begins with a single step and the yearning to find what will make us whole.
Following the road ahead
That you called
Was all I needed
Strolling through the trees
I thought i saw
It was only a shade
Lost in the fever
Blind by the vision
Clad in clouds and mystery and the hope for light we soldier on.
We search for signs of those who came before inside us and carve out our own path.
I gaze into the photo of those
I wonder if her handwriting drips
I gather photos of her the way
What I like to believe is
We dream our dreams and sometimes like caterpillars they become butterflies and go out in the world to make it a better more beautiful place.
Finally, here is the hope that what we do and who we are matters.
Is who we are
The path that we
Hopefully this brightened a dark and grey day and lead you all back to the light and creativity. Please tell the artists and writers featured here if you felt better for viewing or reading their work.
|RhythmImpulse 8 posts||
Again, I feel so lucky to be featured with these amazing female writers and artists <3 Everyone’s work was truly inspiring. It’s grey and rainy in Michigan today, so needless to say added some sunshine to my day :) Great work everyone! :D
|Rhenastarr 211 posts||
Awesome collection Sybille, thanks so much for including mine. Congrats to my fellow writers, it is an honor to be among the likes of you.
|Jenifer DeBellis 1301 posts||
Yes, Michigan is a gloomy, icy expanse today. The grey is not only beginning to close in, it’s reflecting back in subdued shades of grey upon grey. But enough about that.
Great thread, Sybille. Congratulations to every woman whose work is featured in this collection. xox
|Anna Shaw 7388 posts||
This is a terrific collection with a super theme and write-up. Every piece is both moving and inspirational. Thanks Sybille for such a treat.
Congratulations to all the artists and writers featured here. I will pop in to you all to say congratulations personally.
|Lissie EJ 201 posts||
Thank you so much for featuring my work! Congrats to everyone else who was featured too
|autumnwind 7546 posts||
Awesome presentation Sybille! Congrats to all artists and writers on your exceptional features! XOXOXOXOXOXO
|strawberries 391 posts||
this is an amazing collection of works.
|Beautifuldreamer 81 posts||
Looking forward to spending time perusing this newest collection—looks great!
|su2anne 1545 posts||
well what a collection… what a week we all must have had!
|v m 17 posts||
This is a heartwarming collection…Absolutely love the story behind it.