© 2012 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved


You ask me now to shed my tattered cloak,
array myself in garments chose by you,
to cast away my silver and my smoke,
to paint myself in Brigid’s fiery hue.

“Throw off the shadow, put on cloth of gold,
let me design a countenance more fair,
more pleasing for the world to now behold
than that dark ink that stains the skin you wear.”

You would sand smooth the rough and ragged edge
and chisel clean the motley pitting there.
To all improve my future, do you pledge,
refashion happiness from my despair.

But this I say to you and listen well,
hold my instruction close, I beg you now:
I own my path to heaven or to hell,
it’s none of yours to scorn or disavow.

I’ll tell you not which forkèd road to choose,
nor strip the feathers from your daylight wings,
nor which cup to accept, which to refuse,
so leave to me my dark and needful things.

© 2012 RC deWinter

Self-portrait in digital oils from an original
photograph shot December 6, 2012.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, DAP over Akvis 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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  • mmargot
    mmargotover 1 year ago

    truly spoken; well done!

  • Many thanks, much appreciated.

    – RC deWinter

  • Scott Mitchell
    Scott Mitchellover 1 year ago

  • Thank you so much, Scott, for the feature and the fave. Bright Yule blessings to you.

    – RC deWinter

  • ChasSinklier
    ChasSinklierover 1 year ago

    FEATURED on December 12, 2012

  • Thank you so much, Chas, honored.

    – RC deWinter

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonover 1 year ago

    January 1,2013 “Happy New Year!” Congratulations!

    Wonderful image!

  • Thank you, Ann, bright blessings for the new year.

    – RC deWinter

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