“The worst part is not crying. The worst part is wanting to cry but not being able to.”
~Leah Matchett

For all the children not allowed to cry and express true emotions, for they become part of the “Walking Wounded”, desperate to be heard!

Vintage image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, public domain images.
Image has been retouched for color of eyes and lips in Photoshop, painted in Twisted Brush, layered, and textured in Photoshop, removing partial opacity of texture overlaying facial features.
Textures are original.

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much my friend!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • dales1
    dales1about 2 years ago

    Pamela, what a beautiful capture. Love the mood and presentation.

  • Thanks kindly Dale!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful Pamela! I love your wish for all those children whose voices are not heard. I have always had a special place in my heart for those kids. You captured that wish beautifully in this image. It reminds me of the days when photography was new and NO one ever smiled in them…as if it were the height of indecency! Excellent piece, Pamela and very touching…

  • Thank you Karen, it is an important part of my life to witness some special children who must live as such, my heart is saddened.

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 2 years ago

    I look at this and see such deep hurt and sadness. Your description is just to true. The unfortunate thing is that it has gone on forever and is till going on. Hurts!

  • Indeed what you say is true, but there is always Hope…I Hope! Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandabout 2 years ago

    Awesome post my dear friend!!!

  • Thank you JR!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • swaby
    swabyabout 2 years ago

    Wonderful work from your kind heart Pamela, its sad that some people have to be cold enough not to allow crying!

  • It goes on all too often, thank you Tina!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyabout 2 years ago

    Such sad eyes – beautiful work

  • Thank you Chris!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 2 years ago

    wonderful work Pamela Great dedication to all unfortunate Children .. I was one of them a long time ago

  • I was as well, and unfortunately it passes through from one generation to another! Thank you Maggie.

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Shiva77
    Shiva77about 2 years ago

    amazing work Pamela, you have capured an expression that has so much meaning!

  • Thank you so much, was meaningful to me as well!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 2 years ago

    A wonderful portrait!!! Bill

  • Thank you Bill!

    – Pamela Phelps

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