© 2011 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Unconditional Conditions

Gazing steadfast into your green eyes
as deep and quiet as a woodland pool,
I’m so afraid!
The new-healed cuts,
and feral depredations
from my last encounter
with that wild beast Love
still adorn me,
sticking-inward spines
that pierce the inner being,

You ask me to expose this flesh again,
to turn it out into your hungry hands;
to lay it,
’neath your hopeful heart.

And if I do,
will you be true
not just in tongue
but also in the soul?
Or will you
like a vandal false
roughplunder all my lace,
ripping it ruthlessly from whence it lies –
limplucent –
on my life?

I ask you for the sun,
I ask you for the moon;
and bring with them the Pleiades,
Orion’s jewelled belt,
Cassiopeia’s silver crown.

I ask you for the truth –
not to be said
but to be lived –
not for a fierce hot tropic season,
but forever and a day.
© 2011 RC deWinter

Digital oils from a photograph by Canadian
artist and friend Constance Widen.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Time Machine, Arkvis Oils


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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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  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellalmost 3 years ago

    This is so pretty. RC!!

  • May thanks for the kind words, Scott :-)

    – RC deWinter

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful image!

  • Merci beaucoup!

    – RC deWinter

  • teresalynwillis
    teresalynwillisalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you, Teresa.

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks, francis.

    – RC deWinter

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omaralmost 3 years ago

  • Many thanks, Sally, much appreciated.

    – RC deWinter

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work!!!

  • Honored, thanks so much. Monica.

    – RC deWinter

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

  • Thanks, Rene.

    – RC deWinter

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 3 years ago

    Wonderful image. GIna

  • So glad you like it, Stephanie, many thanks.

    – RC deWinter

  • cclaude
    cclaudealmost 3 years ago

    Superb lighting and an excellent point of view. Great image.

  • Thank you. Constance’s photo was a delight to adapt and paint.

    – RC deWinter

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 3 years ago

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  • Many thanks for the feature and the fave!

    – RC deWinter

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