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© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

No Cure

Deep inside my roiling gut sits a gremlin
that will not name its name.
It laughs at me as I clutch myself,
arms wrapped tight around the fraying bandages
that splice my soul and spirit together.
If only this were a fairy tale
and Rumpelstiltskin was its name!
If only I could shit it out once and for all
and be done with this mad parasite
that sucks my strength,
infects my vision,
sours the juice from the sweetest of fruits
blights the brave green seedlings sprouting every spring.
But no –
it seems I am condemned to harbor this unwanted guest
forever and a day.
Is there no charm, no philter – no matter how bitter –
that will exorcise this monstrous chancre?
Where is the Prospero who will draw this Caliban
from deep within my desiccation
and remove it into exile?
I know, I know –
it is a thing that must be done by me alone.
No magic, no magus could pry this blackness loose.
It is my charge to find the chemistry
that will finally flush this poisonous microbe
from my vitals.
I have not found the formula with which to weave
my cloak of redemption.
I am not cured.
The gremlin laughs.
I shudder.

© 2011 RC deWinter

Digital oils; figure taken from an original photograph shot October 2, 2011.

Tech specs: Photoshop, Filter Forge, Arkvis
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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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  • Reynaldo
    Reynaldoalmost 3 years ago

    like the write the D treatment

  • Curtsying in appreciation…

    – RC deWinter

  • mmargot
    mmargotalmost 3 years ago

    What is left to be said? Truth in writing and image.

  • Love your thoughtful feedback, thank you.

    – RC deWinter

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