© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Song of the Anchorite

Once upon a time
I had a place in the world
I knew as mine.
It disappeared,
fading as quietly as the fog
at the approach of the sun,
and I did not notice
until it was too late
to charm it back to life.

Now i wait,
directionless – homeless really –
with no safe place to claim.
This bleak cell is my domain,
with none for company
but those persistent ghosts
that roam at will
throughout all hours,
waking and sleeping.

An endless plain
of sameness,
a silence
so profound
you hear your blood
through your veins:
surely that must be

What happens
to the painter
who cannot see,
the poet
who cannot speak?
When visions evaporate
and there is no other life
the soul – like the fog –
fades quietly away in the sun.

© 2013 RC deWinter

Self-portrait in digital oils from an
original photograph shot April 4 2013.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, DAP


portrait, woman, bedroom, sunlight, room, self portrait, older woman

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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. The digitally-composed works are created using a variety of software. If you enjoy my work, please spread the word, and thank you for stopping by.

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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeabout 1 year ago

    Excellent Portrait:-)

  • Thanks so much, Robyn.

    – RC deWinter

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 1 year ago

    Beautiful portrait of you!

  • Thanks so much, Stephanie.

    – RC deWinter

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshabout 1 year ago

    Your EXPRESSIVE Image is on DISPLAY Here

  • Many thanks as always, much appreciated, Kanages.

    – RC deWinter

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 1 year ago


  • Honored, thank you kala.

    – RC deWinter

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyabout 1 year ago

    Lovely work.

  • Thanks for the kind feedback, happy summer.

    – RC deWinter

  • barnsis
    barnsisabout 1 year ago

  • Much appreciated, thank you.

    – RC deWinter

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