Desert Heart

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RC deWinter

Fairfield, United States

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Small 8.0" x 8.0"
Medium 12.0" x 12.0"
Large 16.0" x 16.0"
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Artist's Description

© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Reviving the Heart

Falling in love:
such a soft and easy phrase,
like tumbling into a featherbed
or a stack of newmown hay.

But when one has been without –
the heart a desert, dry as dust –
falling in love’s akin to the violence of birth:
everything’s narrowed,
shut up tight,
needing to be forced open –
not to expel, but to accept the thrust of emotion.

It’s not like riding a bike, you know.
You can forget how to love,
both in the giving and receiving.

Falling in love – like birth – is work,
not a cheap and easy talent nor a skill once learned
that snaps right back the next time you attempt it.

The heart has no muscle memory.
Once neglected, the elasticity evaporates
and leaves a barren chamber.
You can’t jumpstart it.
No storebought wire will send forth revivifying juice.

Rather, the heart must be massaged,
persistently but gently, from inside and out;
coaxed back to life through effort, perseverance.
Falling in love – after so long a drought – is work.

© 2011 RC deWinter

Digital oils of claret cup cacti growing in the high desert of Pawnee Butte
National Grasslands; taken from an original photograph shot in May 2004.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge, Xero, Arkvis Oils

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