Diamond Core featured in Raw Art 1 Mar 10
Diamond Core featured in Impressionsim Cafe 23 Feb 10
Diamond Core featured in Mature Women on 14 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in The World Art Group on 11 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in Acrylic Painting Group on 7 Dec 09
Diamond Core featured in Art of Pain 6 Dec 09
Diamond Core is a collaboration between Reynaldo and Anthea that is separate to our Tribute to Womanhood Series.
Reynaldo’s beautiful paintings Diamond Core were inspired by my poem Diamond Core.
Thank you Rey for your beautiful interpretation and vision of my words. Your paintings are magnificent and deeply moving.
Paintings by Reynaldo
Poem by Anthea
2009 Acrylic on 140 lb. Watercolour paper 18×24”
A Tribute to the human spirit
Don’t you try to unsettle me
I can see through to the other side
Don’t try to demean and cancel me out
I will rise again like the Phoenix
Don’t you try to put me to disgrace
and line my face with cruelty
because I will duck and weave
the arrows of war
Don’t you try to invalidate me
because my colour will grow even more brilliant
Don’t you try to rip my voice out of my box
because my voice will scream louder
Don’t you try to eradicate me
because I will never be erased
Don’t try to destroy my spirit
because my spirit is made of the strongest fibre
Don’t try to exploit me
because my intelligence is emotional and intellectual
Don’t pressure me into the stultifcation of dutybound
because I am a free spirit and must fly with wings outstretched.
Don’t try to blacken my heart with pain
because it is and always will be red with passion
Don’t tell me to be selfless because
if there is no self there can be no other
Don’t tell me to remove my esteem with
no self respect there can be no bliss
Don’t tell me there is only one way to see and that is black and white
because I will show you a multitude of colours
Don’t try and disengage me from my inner voice
because my voice will never be silenced.
Don’t trap me into negative thinking patterns
because I will never be brainwashed
Don’t think that by removing love from me
that I will whither and die because
my heart can beat in
a raw dark place.
Don’t use guilt to haunt me into a limited life
because I have always sucked the marrow out of it.
Don’t tell me that my soul has no value
because my soul dances to its own beat
Don’t try to break me, annihilate me
because my CORE is diamond
and it sparkles and cannot be broken
and will cut through and shatter
all your glass houses into a trillion tiny pieces
and will shine on until my last breath.
By Anthea Slade 23 Nov 09