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Hanged Man's Heart by RC deWinter

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© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Hanged Man’s Heart

The hanged man’s heart, suspended upside down,
swaddled in the straitjacket of stasis,
aches to be released from its torment.
It has burst through the heavy door adorned with locks
but cannot let go of that crossbeam holding it captive.

“Oh to be free to feel, to reclaim all those parts of me
I’ve crippled for so long,” he thinks,
“but I’m afraid that maybe I’ve forgotten how to.
I bartered my humanity for sanity
but what a heavy price I’ve paid.”

It will take a mighty blow from the axe of hope and courage
to loose him, and with his hands wrapped in rope
like twin prisoners in a gibbet, who will heft it for him?
Even if some worthy steps forward and cuts him down,
will he be grateful or merely snarl in an access of self-pity?

© 2013 RC deWinter

Digital oils; elements from an original photograph shot
February 24, 2013.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge 3, VP5 Oils




*I have been a photographer for over 25 years, using both traditional and digital SLR equipment, with pictures published in print as well as in online publications and galleries. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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Comments

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    Reminds me when I once imagined purgatory, and all the undulated souls looked like skeleton trees imbedded in barren earth. Great image, RC.

  • Thank you…this poor innocent piece of a botanical arrangement has become a tortured soul.

    – RC deWinter

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