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Looking beyond my mind I see
A world expanding joyfully

My limbs sweeping across the sky
Loose the leaves that withered and dried

And from my perch so high above
Among the mourning of the doves

I sift the swirling frosty breeze
That used to drop me to my knees

Reaching across the world I do
Release all that I ever knew

And glance below to watch the sheep
At home upon their compost heap

Some baying at the moon like wolves
While others flee the sun in droves

Yet standing on a hill I see
A man who looks a lot like me

Raising his collar to the cold
While cursing life and getting old

He turns his face against the wind
Wondering who’s forsaken him

So loosed leaves that withered and dried
Against his weathered skin collide

And dance upon the frosty breeze
That forces him upon his knees

But turning from the sun he sees
His shadow shaped just like a tree

Then glancing up he looks at me

My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

Copyright © Richard G Witham

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  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261about 2 years ago

    wonderfully complementary, the verse and the image. both are really well done, richard!!

  • Thank you Michael. I started playing with shadows and things just seemed to flow :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 2 years ago

    Wonderful image and writing Richard!

  • Thanks Pauline. Can you see the face in the upper branches? Maybe it’s just my wild imagination, but I saw the face while editing this and then of course I couldn’t ignore it and had to follow up with a story.

    – Richard G Witham

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 2 years ago

    a delight in verse and frame ~ a wonderful way to view the contrasts of Selves in your tripping verse and your shadow play serves so very well ~ together a treat for my morning, Richard, a new fav for me xx

  • Thank you so much Linda. This was fun, from the initial playing with shadows to following the story instigated by the textures and images in the leaves. I’m glad you enjoyed it too :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosabout 2 years ago

    Touching the shadows is not like touching the flesh or the organic essence, though dreams are there with a dimension that is touched and yet….cannot be aprehended…is there a likely blasphemy for our reasoning body?
    Guess you need that perching on shadows…or there is a releif to our tension. We need to paint with colors all things…and when perching on shadows…we simply relax that need and let the Soul to the rest…so that we may change of color…or opinions without any strain.
    Love your “shadowy world” Richard.

  • Oh, what a great idea, and an easy vision – to be perched on a shadow and let the soul explore without tension. Intentional design of ones life can be fatiguing at times, so it’s nice to relax and watch it from the branches of a shadow tree.
    I found a face in this image while I was editing, looking down from the upper branches, and I had to follow the string of thought it provoked. Thus, the contrast of one self looking down from the horizon at another feeling the pressure of being under the shadow. Of course, it is the same person in two different states of mind, or intention.
    Thank you so much for your thought on this piece Rosa.
    Un abrazote para ti :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • linaji
    linajiabout 2 years ago

    clever Richard… I don’t know if you set this up but I just love it!
    Poem to die for… wow how do I miss so much? still not on enough!

  • Thank you Lina. I too have been away for a while and only on for short bursts. I took the photo while leaning against a round bench built around a tree. Then later on the computer I noticed an abstract face in the center of the upper branches which seemed to be looking back at me – thus, the poem :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...about 2 years ago

    I hadn’t noticed the face Richard so I had missed the whole point of this – thanks so much for mentioning it.

  • It’s very subtle, and I only saw it while editing – and looking closely at a zoomed in view. I tried to emphasize it more with lighting, but it’s still too subtle. Thanks again for dropping by and for your great comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • monaiman
    monaimanabout 2 years ago

    wonderful work Richard

  • Thank you Mona

    – Richard G Witham

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