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Paint A Picture Black and Gray

Pull out the easel set the canvas positioned long and slender clean slate. Sketch the figures huddled and dark bound hostage to charcoal cooled coals etching images; Faceless entities slipping in and out the background earth toned sojourners accepting, alone, quiet, dying; Still the images in silence hard and disfigured grotesque horrors in place; Somber soul drained eyes skeletal socket holes buried in the heart; Let tears fall down their cheeks in wonder, awe and fear of what happens next. Acrylic primers dilute the wash in the story line flaking and cracking each soul and truth; Polyptych blended burnish bleeds quiet, soft exuding whimpered cries, Chiaroscuro collages of death from life fading to diluent breaths of an unholy silence; Graded gouache monochrome scraper boards releasing sfumatos of singular communal lives sacrificed Varnish the final rendition to camouflage the actuality of what it represents Time immemorial in genocide atrocities of Native Americans, Cambodians, Hawaiians, Jews, Rwandans, Bosnia, Darfur,. When does it stop? Life is more precious then this until change comes Paint the Picture Black and Gray and pray then act. For The Seeker - My take on the Holocaust 10/11/2016

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Date: 4/5/2021 7:54:00 AM
DM, Your touch of shadows in color danced off the page and into my heart. Well conceived, well lived, and well finished. -Richard
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Date: 5/13/2020 1:52:00 PM
Wow ~great appeal to the artists in your readers then... the parallel to the genecides is mindblowing. Bravo ~
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Date: 10/31/2016 10:45:00 PM
This poem is unique in every which way. There can never be an equal to it. It's simply splendid! Going in my fav list.
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Date: 10/17/2016 8:29:00 PM
This sensitive subject was not easy to write a worthy poem, but the way you 'sketched' your idea, was so unique, and beautifully written. What a wonderful way to handle this contest! Well done!
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Date: 10/17/2016 5:45:00 PM
The imagery of the sketching is fabulous , DM, congratulations on your win. Hugs Eve
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Date: 10/17/2016 12:23:00 PM
So true. Only love can turn the dismal to a beautiful work of art! Great job!
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Date: 10/12/2016 1:17:00 PM
Not to mention the Chaldeans (Iraqi Christians), I find it interesting and correct that you refer to all of these acts as "the Holocaust". Well expressed, although I needed a dictionary to get through it, a great read. Thank you...
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Date: 10/12/2016 7:52:00 AM
Excellent imagery, it comes alive on the page, although, a sad rendition.
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Date: 10/11/2016 11:19:00 PM
A very moving piece. Well expressed.
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