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// Friday, December 31, 2010

Monarch in the House (Monarchia in Domus)

Monarch in the House (Monarchia in Domus) Copyright (c) 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. tagsandtendrils.com
 
Tendrils

The seemingly haphazard flight of the butterfly is a lack of understanding on behalf of the world that is observing it; judging it.

 

A flood of light and a wing in a dream,
A thought transforms, from a tear to stream. . .

 

Don't allow your ideas to remain compressed between the image files on your computer.

"Monarch in the House" is dedicated to Captain D.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

Dawn Once More

Dawn Once More (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

 
Soundtrack

If DOM had a soundtrack, then it would be Bill Nelson's "A Bird of the Air Shall Carry Thy Voice," from the two disc release, Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights (1988, Enigma/Cocteau).

I've lost track of Bill Nelson's work over the years, but for a period of time I really got into his instrumental releases, because they were unlike the Metal and guitar-oriented instrumental music that I enjoyed (and still enjoy — I love the shred and furious dexterity of the "guitar gods").

"A Bird of the Air Shall Carry Thy Voice" remains one of my all time favorite instrumental pieces.

This piece is an offshoot of the sessions related to "Monarch in the House (Monarchia in Domus)."

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

Life in Too

Life's too short to walk the long path of despair.
    Write your pain on a piece of paper,
       Then tear it into a million pieces.

Life's too precious to cheapen it with lies.
    "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth;
        Keep watch at the door of my lips." Ps. 141:3

Life's too open to box yourself in.
    Lift the lid;
        Let in the light.

Life's too big to go at it alone.
    Be guarded, but not isolated.
        Let someone in, eventually.
            (Other than the undertaker.)

Life's too easily missed trying to "do it all."
    Stop and smell the roses.
        Trite, but true.

 
About

What began as three simple lines, all starting with the text "life's too," ended with a longer look at the world outside the window — and a longer look in the nearest mirror.

Life in Too is part of a loosely coupled series, titled, Life in 2 (+ 2).

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

Too Easy

Too easy to rationalize acts of unkindness.
Too easy to bury the wrongs.
Too easy to forget those that are suffering.
Too easy to dismiss out-of-hand,
      without concern or remorse.
Too easy to blame "they" and "them,"
      from beneath the sanctity of a black veil.
All too easy to pretend that the little things don't matter,
      even though life itself is but a collection of little things.

As we flatten the world,
      we mustn't allow our souls to be flattened in the process.

 
About

Articles in news periodicals about the abuses of children, of political power, and of "divine guidance" were the impetus for this piece, then extended to apply to everyday (and any day) behaviors.

Too Easy is part of a loosely coupled series, titled, Life in 2 (+ 2).

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Tendrils 11

I would sooner believe in the gremlins of the mechanical world than disbelieve in the angels and demons of this world.

 

Chivalry neither diminishes nor invalidates equality, but celebrates the natural, God-given differences between a man and a woman.

 

It's not the color of someone's skin that you should worry about, but the color of their heart.

 

To teach is to truly learn.

 

A reasonable, sensible, and respectful level of political correctness is tolerable, so long as being "PC" doesn't trump chivalry or romance.

 

Stir the controversy stew, salt and pepper to taste, serve steaming hot in a sugar bowl, and wash it down with a witch's brew.

 

Absolution: A word, a weight (a wait), a wish, a want, a worry, a responsibility, a sign, a cycle, and the soul of serenity.

 

Tension can be a pivot point, a yoke, a gag, or a pair of handcuffs.

Choice separates them.

 

The trouble with deciding between the lesser of two evils is that you're dealing with the Devil either way.

 

We tend to treat the familiar linearly; as just another vanilla point along the highway of commonplace.

 

Beware the long shadows of complacency and apathy, because they often contain predators.

Alternate Version
Beware the long shadows of complacency and apathy, because they hide—in plain sight—the silent beasts of our demise.

 

About

This collection contains a few of my favorite Tendrils: #1, #9, #11.

#2 is dedicated to all those don't regard chivalry as a bad or dirty word.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Love/Hate

Love-Hate (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

Thinking about love and hate led to this piece.

Love and hate have more in common than we care to realize.

In the end, though, to love or to hate is a decision.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Saturday, December 18, 2010

// Monday, December 13, 2010

// Sunday, December 12, 2010

Today's Tendril

Numbers don't lie.

The number wranglers, on the other hand, are another matter altogether.

© Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Friday, December 10, 2010

Fallen 2010 A - Mistified

Fallen 2010 A - Mistified (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

Leafification 2010 — reality...focused.

To view all works in the Fallen 2010 series, select the label, "fallen 2010".

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

Fallen 2010 B - Up Close and Personal

Fallen 2010 B - Up Close and Personal (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

Leafification 2010 — vivid unreality.

To view all works in the Fallen 2010 series, select the label, "fallen 2010".

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Thorn

Thorn (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

This work is a branch from the sessions that produced the piece, The Golden Ratio (ASCII Face) (TGR (AF)).

This scene was imagined as a series of comic book panels: A shadow of a figure walking slowly (and without purpose) down the dirty streets of <your favorite metropolis here>, hands in pockets, head down, and lost in thought...at sunset...in Autumn.

This piece is a glimpse into what this imaginary fellow (in my head it was a guy) was thinking.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

The Golden Ratio Guy

The Golden Ratio Guy (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

This work is a branch from the sessions that produced the piece, The Golden Ratio (ASCII Face) (TGR (AF)).

Soundtrack

If this image had a soundtrack, then it would be "Supercrush!" from the fantastic album, Addicted, by the Devin Townsend Project.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Monday, December 06, 2010

Time is a Lie

Time is a Lie (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
Time is a Lie Cdr 3:17 (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 

Time is an illusion—a visual lie—perpetuated by calendars and clocks.

And we are just rabbits being pulled from the hat of perception.

 
About

This piece was inspired by a moment in time, literally, and brought to the surface through the unsuccessful attempts at trying to fit a week's worth of tasks, to-dos, chores, and responsibilities into a weekend.

The text in the second image was the simple, original text that appeared in the idea mock-up. That text was preserved as the opening bits of text in the first image.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.