The Witch’s Well

Happy Halloween! I hope you enjoy this poem inspired by the work of
Edgar Allan Poe . . .

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“The Witch’s Well” – digital artwork by Arlene G. 

I made a wish
At the Witch’s Well
Unswayed by
Dark tales
The villagers would tell
Of well wishers
Who died
Under its spell
One wish and
One drop
Of my blood
In its black water
Were all I would need
To bring back
My beloved Evangeline.

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I waited
An hour
Maybe two
Watching for her
In the distance
Owls and ravens
High above
In the broken trees
Looked out too
But sadly
Evangeline
Was not in view.

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It was after midnight
When I finally left the well
I felt foolish
Waiting by its side
I regretted
I had no horse to ride
When suddenly
I saw
In the dimming moonlight
A pale fair maiden
In a long white gown
It was she–
My lost Evangeline!

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She beckoned me
To follow her
Down a misty path
We walked together
Hand in hand
She was warm
Despite the October cold
Her dark hair
Scented with lilacs
As it was before
I could not believe
That she was
No more
Until suddenly
I saw
Her eyes
Afire
With a deep red glow
And from her sweet lips
Cried the voice
Of a fiend
Deep and low,
“Say good-bye
To Evangeline
And all you know
This is your end
To hell you will go!”

 

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Happy Halloween!

Movie Poster Misadventure

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This is a movie poster that I created for a film that has not been made yet. It is supposed to be a fan fiction film based on a well-known fantasy film.

I stopped working on this project because my client wanted me to copy another artist’s work and combine it with the background of my poster. I told him that making an almost identical copy of another artist’s work could be considered copyright infringement. I also told him that it might be okay to do a derivative work if you have permission of the original artist, but this is a legal gray area that I did not want to get into. I don’t like the idea of copying other people’s work in general, and I certainly don’t want to get sued for doing so.

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Transition

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As the bright heat wanes
And the wind builds
Dreamy cloud kingdoms
In the late September sky
I watch
The summer daylight
Slowly engulfed
By the growing darkness
I feel
The pull of fall
And think of
What it brings –
The muted vitality
Of oaks and maples
Apple trees laden
With the last summer fruit
And the stillness
Of butterfly and dragonfly wings
As autumn frost
Descends
Upon the fading green land.

 

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I am sorry that I have been away from my blogs for so long.  As some of you know, I take care of my elderly father who has a variety of health problems related to diabetes. I spent many days in August taking him to the hospital for both his regular doctor appointments and for some additional tests for a new health problem. I may have to disappear from my blogs again if more health problems arise.

In addition, I came across what seemed to be a promising freelance illustration gig in early September, but unfortunately things did not work out well in the end. I will talk more about it in my next post, which will be a reblog from my artwork portfolio.

Escape

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Cubicle free
In open air
My mind ascends
Toward
That patch of blue
Searching for something
Beautiful and true
A world without walls
Beyond the fear and necessity
That boxes us in
No more boundaries
Set by hate and sin
A new order
That rises
From tear-stained earthly ruins
A new meaning
That lasts
Long after
My blue reverie
Is through.