© 2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Letter from Limbo

Cradled here between your two states,
the one indifferent, the other regretful –
what am I to feel?

You now, apparently, regard me as a kindred spirit.
Have I been, then, relegated to such a bloodless eminence
in your marrow, in your guts?

Cold comfort for such a one as I,
whose insurgent embers, carefully banked,
are withheld from wildfire only by the resolution
not to self-immolate before the carnivorous, waiting eyes
of the world.

Broken spirits, blackdog hearts are not the fashion now.
Such antiquities, relics of dramatic youth,
evoke scornful laughter from the
hoi polloi
those smooth slick automatons we are expected to become
in this new Gilded Age –
encrusted not with golden hopes but an impenetrable alloy
of cynicism, ignorance and greed.

I will not be fodder for relentless gears that crush romance,
deny the soul,
mock that which should be, if not is.

But neither will I lash myself, bleeding,
to the stake of ridicule.
Only here, in these pages, will I ooze that fluid that betrays my fissures,
belies my tempered exterior,
consumes me to the core
(if I allow it)!

You know the feeling, in remembrance if not in fact.
Visceral memory is not so easily obliterated,
even by will or martial stricture.

So you languish, nonchalantly fainéant,
confident that the road you choose is the rational passage
for a hero;
while, off to the east, glinting in the setting sun,
I sparkle, burn and fade,
only to resurrect, rekindle, at each stray wireless transmission
from the ether.

© 2012 RC deWinter

The lifeblood of love drips slowly from a vibrant rose.

Digital oils; the rose is a detail taken from an original
photograph shot in Omaha, Nebraska, May 2006.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge 3, Subtle Additions,
Tonage, Xero Clarity, Akvis Oils


bleeding, blood, buds, flower, love, red, rose, square, still life, surreal, surrealism

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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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  • shadowlea
    shadowleaover 2 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Thank you so much for the kind feedback.

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

  • :-)

    – RC deWinter

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaover 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 01/17/2012
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  • Honored as always, Deborah, thank you.

    – RC deWinter

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    congratulations for your well deserved feature in the GROUP !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Many thanks, Francis :-)

    – RC deWinter

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago

    Congratulations with the feature!
    Lovely work!

  • Many thanks, Qnita :-)

    – RC deWinter

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    Anna Shawabout 2 years ago


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  • overwhelmed, thank you

    – RC deWinter

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