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All Night I Rose And Fell As If In Water | by Gale Franey
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All Night I Rose And Fell As If In Water

I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.


- Mary Oliver


I dedicate this graphic to Froggie, ( Frogmuseum2 ). He introduced me to this incredibly beautiful poem by Mary Oliver. The moment I heard it, I knew I wanted to make a graphic with this theme. I began last evening and finished this morning at 6 a.m., with no break in between, because this amazing poem inspired me.

Thank you Froggie.

Here is a link to his wonderful photo stream:


p.s. Here is a link to the original image I used for the body. It is from Sinned-angel-stock (their deviantart name):


The face I made myself in Photoshop, merging various pieces and molded it into just the shape and facial expression that was required for this piece, using the now infamous Liquify tool.

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Taken on May 18, 2006