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  • Macabe
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    Well crafted. Awesome peace of poetry. I'm loving it!!

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    Limos

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  • D.F.Russell
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    No, not commitment... I alternate between a number of hobbies, revisiting them periodically.

    Actually, that one is a watercolor. Try using different paper and mixing in some agar etc. The effect changes. That was a 6ply bristol instead of Arches etc.

    Reading: a green, leather copy of Hunting of the Snark and an English Grammar book from from 1862

    The photo you're using as an avatar, I assumed was a professional shot with a model.
    Last edited by D.F.Russell; 04-09-2016, 12:08 PM.

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  • Suz-zen
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    What an admirable commitment to your art! I don't think I have that.
    "Do you think it's much different for (intelligent) men?"- it can be... i have experienced it both ways.
    Your observations are appreciated. For sure empathetic...emotional intelligence, yes... young/attractive? Well, that is all relative!

    Your painting shows more of your talent...oil
    I use watercolor and photography (my self portraits never show my entire face) and collage/mixed media. I read whatever I can get my hands/eyes on.What are you reading now?

  • D.F.Russell
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    Thank you. I worked on that off/on for about a year, and it's written to pull you into the last several lines.

    'Silence is a girl's loudest cry
    Her radiant smile a colorful mask
    Few can listen, most hear laughter.'

    Do you think it's much different for (intelligent) men?

    You appear to be very young / attractive, intelligent and empathetic. That's almost guaranteed to make anyone unhappy!

    I mostly work, read, paint, write....

    The painting I use as an avatar is one of mine.

  • Suz-zen
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    Haunting...
    I read twice, then sat with it. Read again... the last verse is perfection.
    And I walked away in silence
    with a sadness I could not quell;
    still hearing the wind whisper "Elsbeth,"
    through the willow in the dell.

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  • Aenigma
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    I enjoyed the lucid imagery and subtle but effective use of alliteration within the stanzas -- I wish I had such restraint! Very nice.

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  • D.F.Russell
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    Thank you. The theme IS relatively common... very few new things under the sun. Art of any sort should evoke an emotional response and to do that, it needs to be something to which other people can relate. I'll certainly not object to having it compared to the Raven or anything Poe wrote, for that matter

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  • Joculator Clavarum
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    Well done indeed. I find this very reminiscent of The Raven in theme, though the language and tone is a bit different.

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  • D.F.Russell
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    Thank you.

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  • PhoenixRising
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    Interesting cadence shifts.

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  • D.F.Russell
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    Sarah, Pamela.. Thank you.

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  • D.F.Russell
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    LOL... I've written/painted things that will only be seen posthumously. Thank you, though.

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  • Pamela Baker
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    a bit morbid but very nice

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  • Sarah
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    I'm going to start calling myself Elsbeth! LOL

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  • D.F.Russell
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    Thank you.
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