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
Copyright © DM Babbit | Year Posted 2016
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