Kid Fears (image & poem) by Rhonda Strickland

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Sometimes the past haunts us, even when we think we have it hidden safely away.
Kid Fears a poem by RestLeSsD

What did you think?
That you could just forget?
Forget those things so scary,
I don’t think so. No. . . not yet.

Forget the monsters living
Secretly under your bed?
Forget the thunder and lightning
Which filled your heart with dread?

And what about the fighting?
The arguing that you could hear?
The wishing it would just be over,
So you didn’t need to fear.

Retreating into your sadness,
Holding onto a lifetime of tears.
You still push down those memories,
Those deep rooted, frightening, kid fears.

Did you really think?
That you could just forget?
Forget those things from long ago?
I don’t think so. No. . . not yet.

a rhonda original 2010©

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Image & poem inspired by thinking back to things that caused haunting fears. Also by this Indigo Girls song Kid Fears (below) which reminded me of scary dreams from childhood.
One in particular was a recurring one of me walking down my street at night and seeing my very long shadow reflected on a wooden garage door. It just scared me and I would start to run not knowing where I was running to. I might have been running from. . . a neighborhood kid who was mean… Vaughn Neal… could that be it?

Digital manipulation created with PSCS2 along with a fractal created in Apophysis 3D Hack plus 12 blended image layers & 3 different texture layers. Also used PS brushes, native filters and external filter plug-ins.

Kid Fears – Indigo Girls

Stock images used:
Scary House
Overlay textures:
Forest from Rob Brook
Web in my stock file,
PS Brushes: redheadstock

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Images are copyrighted © 2010-2011 by RestLeSsD Graphics. All rights reserved.
All photographs, images, and text by RestLeSsD Graphics is the exclusive property of RestLeSsD Graphics and is protected under United States and international copyright laws. Please note that copying, displaying or redistribution of this image without the express written permission from RestLeSsD Graphics aka Rhonda Strickland is strictly prohibited. No images are within Public Domain. Use of any image as the basis for another photographic concept or illustration is also a violation of copyright

Hello, I am Rhonda aka RestLeSsD & I am a graphic & web designer. My main media is Photoshop & Dreamweaver. I create 3D art & images using Fractals from Incendia & Apophysis. I use these in my creations formed in PS. I also use Picture Window Pro and Paint Shop Pro.
I am also a poet & I have been writing since I was about 10 years old. Since being here on the Bubble I have fulfilled my goal of illustrating my poetry & writing as well as writing new works…

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  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 5 years ago

    Absolutely fantastic work! OMG!

  • Thank you Kim!!! :o) -♥Rhonda

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • kevinmawson
    kevinmawsonabout 5 years ago

    Awesome work!


  • Thank you Kevin, :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandabout 5 years ago

    very cool and creative image

  • Thank you for the kind words Rita…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearabout 5 years ago

    fantastic image, message and song Rhonda – Bravo!!!

  • Thank you Tammy. . . I am so happy that you like this and thanks for faving it too!!
    Hope you’re keeping warm up there…

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopabout 5 years ago

    Great work Rhonda, well done.

    David xx

  • Thank you David :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 5 years ago

    Stunning, fantabulous – and one of your best!! It has stirred up so many memories for me – and you have captured the fears so incredibly well, both in your art and your poetry. This is magical, wonderful and important at the same time.

  • Thank you my friend. . . this is been stirring in my imagination for a while and I was finally able to put into art & words.
    So glad you see it

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic imagery and poetry BRRRRRIiant

  • Thank you so much Kelvin. . . :o) – glad you like it. . .

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Terrapanthera
    Terrapantheraabout 5 years ago

    Super Rhonda!

  • Thank you my dear ;o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

  • Catherine Wood
    Catherine Woodabout 5 years ago

    Brilliant work, Rhonda.

  • I missed this comment… so sorry Catherine, thank you :o)

    – Rhonda Strickland

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