Photo manipulation to illustrate my poems There’s a hole in my heart and There’s a hole in my heart Part II

There’s a Hole in My Heart

There’s a hole in my heart
the sunlight shines through
and sometimes the moon does too.

    I’ve tried to
        sew it shut with a black inky pen
        and knit it together with brush and paper.

Nothing seems to work because

There’s a hole in my heart
starlight flickers in its depths
and butterflies dance in and out.

    I’ve tried to
        stuff it with words written in blood
        glue the edges together with a song and a prayer.

Nothing seems to work because

There’s a hole in my heart
the dead lights glow deep inside it
and crows shout their misery from one side to the other.

    I’ve tried to
        fill it with witchcraft and curses
        stuff it with tears and the petals of a rose.

Nothing seems to work because

There’s a hole in my heart
seems that’s part of me
and who I am.

    So I embellish it
        with flowers and stars
        with flourishes and ribbons
        with pretty words and wings
        with a spider’s web of songs
        with the colours of my mind

There’s a hole in my heart
don’t worry,
that’s just as it’s supposed to be.

© Sybille Sterk


Model: My 2nd STOCK image by livyer


Butterflies, moon by Alison Ashwell

Moth by amptone-stock

Despair Wings – Object Stock by shd-stock

Backgrounds and textures:

dead tree stock by 2BreedStock":

Stormy by SheisprettyStock

Antique1 by SheisprettyStock

texture015 by buzillo-stock

Backblech 02 by sundel

Fractal Galaxy-stock by FractalAngel-Stock


Sparklies Photoshop Brushes by redheadstock

Music Notes Brushes by missedyn

Sheet Music Brushes by KnockStock

Hair brush set by para-vine

Tickets and Labels Brush Set by FidgetResources

All other parts of the image are either handpainted or my own resources.


MCN: C6946-6WV5B-VPD17

May 2010: 102 views


altered art, butterflies, grunge, heart, hole, magpiemagic, manipulation, model, moon, space, textures, tree, universe

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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  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityover 4 years ago

    Superb work MM- really mysterious and beautiful xx

  • Thank you so much sweetie. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 4 years ago

    Oh, love the magic and mystery…tells it’s very own story!!!!!! xoxoxox

  • Thank you so much Sally. This one had a life of it’s own and came out totally different from what I had in mind! :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindover 4 years ago

    oh – ok, I am speechless. I think – although I am not sure and it is very difficult – that this is my fav. you know the old Police song “Hole in My Life” – I keep hearing it ever since the poems – and now it is blaring. Outstanding, incredible creation here. I remain in awe. hugs, shar xoxoxo

  • Thank you so much Sweetie. This one made itself and turned out very different from what I’d planned. LOL xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Perfection, words, poetry, vision, artistic creation!! Love this Sybille and I can so relate! Though I wish I couldn’t sometimes!! :)) Depends on where one’s mind is at the time, aye?!! :))

  • Thank you Vicki, I know what you mean. Some things just are…. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 4 years ago

    Fabulously beautiful!! I love the colors, the texture, the tones. . . I love all of it!! FAVED!

  • Thank you so much. :-) xo What a lovely comment!

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellover 4 years ago

    yes I too am speechless…..

    and close to my bone.


  • :-) Thank you so much Sweetie. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    So very mysterious and intriguing – beautiful work Sybille :)

  • Thank you so much Trish. It’s a mystery to me too. This one had a life all of its own…. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • linskudd
    linskuddover 4 years ago

    Just incredible. I love your work. Ties in so nicely with the poem(s) but also stands alone. Thank you for the larger images alongside – they show the true depth of work.

  • :-) I can’t thank you enough for all your lovely comments. Greatly appreciated. xo

    – Sybille Sterk

    JUSTARTover 4 years ago

    fab work

  • Thank you so much. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Tarnee
    Tarneeover 4 years ago

    I love the beautiful mystery and darkness very well done

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

    – Sybille Sterk

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