Soft Unfolding by RC deWinter

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© 2013 RC deWinter ~ All Rights Reserved

Cruel Dilemma

I was a rose so near to bloom
after a harsh and endless winter,
a season so prolonged it seemed
I’d never feel the sun’s embrace again.
And then it shone – so sudden, steady, hot –
and kissed my withered petals all along their frosted tips.
With this bright promise I awoke from my dark dreaming,
gratefully unfurling all my hidden summer hues.
Yes, I was impatient for that gold atomic kiss,
and for awhile blossomed in the sure caress of sunlight,
drinking all the welcome heat deep into my hungry heart.
Luxuriant, I glowed, vain and unguarded,
having quenched all memory of winter’s blight.
But surely as the day melts into midnight,
the sun again withdrew to clouded sleep.
I, unaccustomed now to grey enshroudment,
withered utterly and quickly from the lack.
A new year comes, following in steady course
the wheel of time; and though the season’s wrong
I feel once again the sun’s caress.
Shall I abandon my tight folds for hazy token,
soft unfolding to what may be smoke,
or keep myself enwrapped as close I can
from what may be another bitter blight?
Can I withstand the season’s cruel blows?
Will I survive a thousand winter snows?

© 2013 RC deWinter

Digital oils from a photo by Doris Atkinson.

Tech specs: Photoshop 7, Filter Forge 3,
Akvis Oils over Sketchy Painting

This is an ART for Cancer Group image.
25% of all sales of this picture will be donated
to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


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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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  • Shulie1
    Shulie1over 1 year ago

    THis is luscious, GIna – such beauty!

  • Thank you, I hope the new year has begun well for you.

    – RC deWinter

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 1 year ago

    Very delicate and lovely!

  • Many thanks, I hope the new year has begun well for you.

    – RC deWinter

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