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Friday Feature - 3rd September 2010

Sybille Sterk Sybille Sterk 1511 posts

I was deeply touched by a piece of writing and a piece of art today and thought they both deserved a special feature:

First, Strawberries’ Today I left my soul in the snow

I loved the desolation in the image and the way it captures your imagination with the writing in the description as much as the actual image:


Today I left my soul in the snow(Goodbye Winter)
by strawberries

Secondly, Raymondo’s amazing poem SOMEWHERE IN THE MILKY WAY

NAGASAKI WAS NINE YEARS
AND ANOTHER NIGHTMARE AWAY
WHEN I WAS BORN ON A HOT,
MEDITERRANEAN, MALTESE DAY.
MY FIRST BREATH DANCED
WITH A SOFT, SIROCCO SIGH.
MY FIRST SIGHT
WAS MY MOTHERS’ JOY.
I’D BE FOREVER
……………………….. HER LITTLE BOY!

BUT THE LITTLE BOY GREW QUICKLY,
PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY!
I BECAME AWARE OF MANY THINGS.
I SOON UNDERSTOOD WHAT HYPOCRISY,
BIGOTRY AND NARROW-MINDED STUPIDITY
COULD DO TO A MAN,
AND WHAT MAN COULD SO CRUELLY DO
TO HIS FELLOW MAN.
ALL IN THE NAME OF THE SWORD,
THE CROSS
AND THE CRESCENT!

I REBELLED!

I REFUSED TO BE BOUND BY RELIGIONS’ CHAINS!
IT COULD NEVER MAKE A GALLEY SLAVE OF THIS SOUL.
I KNEW THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MORE TO LEARN.
I NEEDED SOMETHING FINER…..HIGHER!
I TURNED TO THE EAST
AND GRAZED ON THE WISDOM
OF THE VEDAS AND THE BUDDHA.
THAT TASTE WAS SWEET BUT NOT ENOUGH TO SATISFY
MY THIRST FOR TRUTH!

I STILL LEARN
I STILL SEARCH

I FLY

I FALL

I PICK MYSELF UP AND CONTINUE MY QUEST
IN THIS ART OF WAR CALLED….. LIFE.
ON THIS MAD HELLISH PLANET
SOMEWHERE IN THE MILKY WAY………………

© Raymondo

This had me hooked from the first line and took me to surprising places. Like Raymondo (and I am sure many,many artists) I’ve always been looking for those answers. A quest for a holy grail for many of us and so beautifully and passionately described in this poem right from the first moment the quest began. Fabulous!

Enjoy!

Berns Berns 3053 posts

Superb works! CONGRATS guys, have a great weekend everyone!

Anna Shaw Anna Shaw 7671 posts

Both works are simply stunning. Congratulations Raymondo and Strawberries.
xx

lilynoelle lilynoelle 1061 posts

Great choices; congratulations on your special feature; well-deserved. <3

raymondoantonio raymondoantonio 27 posts

THANK YOU SO MUCH MM FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL FEATURE! IT WARMS MY HEART TO KNOW THAT MY WORDS ARE RESONATING WITH KINDRED SOULS!!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

raymondoantonio raymondoantonio 27 posts

AND CONGRATS TO STRAWBERRIES FOR " TODAY I LEFT MY SOUL IN THE SNOW "

Sybille Sterk Sybille Sterk 1511 posts

Glad everyone agrees that both pieces are wonderful and so worthy of a special feature. :-) xo

strawberries strawberries 383 posts

wow thanks so much! and your writing is brilliant raymondoantonio
xoxo