Breakdown by Sybille Sterk

Tto accompany the lovely poem of the same name by Shar


my dreams of late
are but whispers of dark madness
sparkling demons kiss my name in the howling wind

the resonating shriek razor thin
pierces deep the lines of cerebral logic

awake is only temporary coherence
fear dangles it’s ice picks above
poised to plummet and shatter
my fleeting grasp on reality

I am an optical scream perceived
distortion of violent overbearing colors
reverberate their haunting torment
weighing me down

a desperate prisoner…help me.

© Shar



Erisa 14 by Faestock (image on the far left)

Butterfly, spiderweb, ice crystals by Alison Ashwell

Textures and Background:

66 by sullenstock

Barbed Wire Stock 1 by texurestockbyhjs

adult about this by CKdailyplanet

texture015 by buzillo-stock

fire textures by shin-rhys

Backblech 04 by sundel


Ice Ice Baby by Shiranui

Crack Brushes I by hawksmont

All other images and textures my own.



106 views 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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  • abnoba
    abnobaalmost 5 years ago

    love it

  • Thank you so much Ruby! :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    Oh so do I. This is wonderful Sybille – one of your best for me.

  • Thank you so much Anna. I am really pleased with how it turned out. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 5 years ago

    As always – your work is exquisite – instant fav :o)

  • Thank you so much Kira. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTalmost 5 years ago

    fab work

  • Thank you so much. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RosaCobos
    RosaCobosalmost 5 years ago

    Untouched by her own thorny pain.
    The heart is a lost butterfly.
    Closed senses…..out of love.
    Rosa (wonderful presence…mystical and strong)

  • Thank you Rosa, I am so glad it works for you. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • RoyAllen Hunt
    RoyAllen Huntalmost 5 years ago

    Outstanding work. Love the almost medusa like barbed wire seeming to extend from her hair.

  • :-) Thank you. My favourite is the butterfly.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindalmost 5 years ago

    oh the butterfly, the butterfly…the closed eyes hiding yet showing the torment. oh dear Sybille when you put art to my words I am speechless (although I could go on for quite a while) truth is you capture what I feel and cannot express. you honor me – truly, you are such a gift. thank you so, so much. I am beyond loving it. : )) xoxoxo

  • Oh phew!!! I am so glad it works for you. This was a ‘coincidental’, subconscious manipulation. I just let it flow with no plan whatsoever and it came together all by itself. LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • eoconnor
    eoconnoralmost 5 years ago

    WELL DONE MYSSERIOUS AND wonderful butteercfly LIZ

  • Thank you so much Liz. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampalmost 5 years ago

    beautifully painfull strange combination but it definately works magical and dreamlike

  • :-) Thank you so much Charlie. It was magical the way it just grew on the page. Seemed to want to come together. :-) I love it when that happens.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Marta Tesoro
    Marta Tesoroalmost 5 years ago

    Oooooh! is that barb wire? Love it!

  • :-) Yep, definitely barbed wire. :-) LOL It was the most interesting pic of barbed wire I could find. I like it too. There’s something so menacing and scary about it. Thanks for your comment. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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