Sunday, July 31, 2011

Cry the Sorrows

Canyon of Sorrows

Cry the Sorrows

Weep for me mournful cliffs
Let the wind sing of sorrows
And on this day filled with loss
Of promise gone
Whisper words 
I wish I had said.

Cry sorrows
Of loves and lives lost
And those that have gone
Beyond the canyon walls
Sing of the memories
Etched in the past.

Let the cliffs weep
For all who have passed this way
Oh, cry Sorrows
Faces of stone
For all that has been cast off
Weep tears for love gone.

J. Binford-Bell
Revised July 31, 2011

Note: I originally wrote this poem, and painted this picture in October 2010. Showing the painting to a customer at my studio yesterday I noticed I didn't even have a final photograph of it for the portfolio, just the one above taken as a record of work done. When I pulled up the poem this morning I noticed it was also lacking. It sorely needed editing. I should write an ode to the distance time provides.


  1. We must or we won't be able to stand strong, well done!
    enjoy the potluck!!!

  2. there is a eery haunting quality about this poem that really speaks out.

  3. Distance does indeed provide perspective. I'm often surprised at what I missed the first time around, though I go over work often and often.

    Nicely done. It resonates and both peom and painting are evocative of primordial feelings. Lovely and true. Thank you!

  4. Haunting painting. And an equally captivating poem.

  5. Canyon of sorrows is a good theme and a nice looking picture. I was thinking of how the tears were going to help the people down the river though.

  6. The artwork reminds me of the Superstition Mountains or the red rocks of Sedona here in Arizona. Your poem is just as magical. Thank you so very much for sharing it! Blessings~

  7. Love both the painting and the words. The faces are amazing.

  8. Awesome painting AND poem. You are truly gifted with wonderful talent. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  9. Your words are so like your painting. Both pull us into your world. Beautiful writing.

  10. So evocative... and full of sadness .... and pain.. I could relate to it..
    Loved your ending...
    I personally believe that the moment of emotions should be reflected... one should edit the verse to refine it but not change the color of that particular moment...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya

  11. powerful.

    masterful word composition.

  12. I don't think I have been here before. This is a beautiful piece and you art is amazing. I have found myself gaining a new found appreciation for art lately. I will be letting people know about your work :)


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