Blood Rose Tears by Sybille Sterk

Illustration for the poem Blood Rose Tears

The Blood Rose Tear

determined and aware
she has me peeking
behind curtains

when not running
from tree to tree
in the forbidden woods
where she now resides

I’ve no choice but to follow
her hand in mine
I am pulled

it is dark
I run blindly

(one day I will guide
and she will know
the light
she has forgotten)

for now
black blood ink tears
drip and stain
I cannot look at her

the way is blocked
she knows lies
I will never believe
except…I do

in my nightmares
she reins queen
cutting deep
bleeding me

leaving me to seek
only one salvation

it is written in abstract
on the canvas
not many can read it
or want to

or awake
the premonition of dread
dances with the devil
in my head

these thoughts
have no real words
yet I see them
in violent shapes and colors
dominant lines
bold textures

is this written?
aligned under the stars
or is there choice
within my power

there has been so much death

subduing profound birth

abundant beauty

seated beside evil

but there is hope…

and this is, after all
it’s season

I shall catch
the blood rose tear
tend to its garden

we shall see what grows

© Shar


Model, Face 1, Psamathides

Crow, Phatpuppy

Bird Cage, MRanum
and MRanum

Cloud brushes, Leboef

Grasses and Plants PS Brushes, Redheadstock

Background, Moonchild-ljilja

On Crack, dazzle-textures

Backblech 04, Sundel

Paper Texture, Night-Fate-Stock

all other stock/textures are my own.




107 views 1st April 2010

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • tulay cakir
    tulay cakirabout 5 years ago


  • Thank you so much for your lovely comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Barry W  King
    Barry W Kingabout 5 years ago

    this is incredible MM

  • Thank you so much Barry. I am just glad it works… LOL I wasn’t sure.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • MaryK
    MaryKabout 5 years ago

    LOVE IT!

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • lianne
    lianneabout 5 years ago

    Oh my Syl – this is dramatic and powerful. What a fabulous image for the poem! Terrific work!!

  • Thank you so much Lianne. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 5 years ago

    oh my gosh – you always seem to manage to capture the true essence of what I am feeling by my words. haunted, trapped yet with that knowing look – I mean there is so much here, the roses, the tear stained face – just wowed and completely honored once more. you have made my dreary, miserable day bright – you have no idea. thanks sweet friend for – what a gift you are to me!!! warmest thanks from my heart. love, shar xoxoxo

  • Phew! I wasn’t sure about this one at all and what you’d think of it. LOL It’s just the way it wanted to be… So glad you like it and it made your day :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTabout 5 years ago

    great work

  • Thank you so much. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Andrew  Bailey
    Andrew Baileyabout 5 years ago

    Good job, Magpie, good jopb . A Fave for me

  • Thank you so much for the lovely comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarabout 5 years ago

    Wow!!!! There is magic in this pic!!!!! xooxxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sally. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Donna Ingham
    Donna Inghamabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful haunting composition!!

  • Thank you Donna. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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