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Los Angeles, CA - United States

A thought provoking image.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Ana! :)

Seeley Lake, MT - United States

All I can say is "Wow"!! This is remarkable Bob!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Janie! :)

Munich, Ba - Germany

Congratulation!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Hannes!

Bay Area, CA - United States

Congratulations on your sale!!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Xueling!

San Francisco, CA - United States

Powerful image Bob, congrats on your sale! v

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Kate!

Hampshire, IL - United States

Bob, congrats on the sale of this brilliant work...

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Dave!

Dallas, TX - United States

Bob...I have just returned to my place in this world after reading the wonderful words connected to your beautiful depiction. When the visual and written arts come together in such a way...it's magical. v/f

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Alec!

Dallas, TX - United States

Such a beautiful, thought-provoking image from a master of the arts; many congratulations my friend! f/v

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks B! :)

Voorhees, NJ - United States

Congrats on your sale, Bob :)!! v/f -Kim

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Kim!

Male - Maldives

many congratulations on the sale of this poetic image, Bob, glad to here such news! :-)

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Jenny!

Littleton, CO - United States

Congratulations, Bob, on your sale of this thought provoking photo! -- Joe.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Joe!

New Orleans, LA - United States

Bob, Congratulations on the sale. So glad that the announcement brought this profound work to my attention. Perfectly illustrated. This is, indeed, art. V/F

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Cheri!

Colorado Springs, CO - United States

Congrats on your sale!!!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Ernie!

Long Beach, WA - United States

Congratulations on your sale Bob, well deserved!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Pamela!

Shelton, WA - United States

Congratulations Bob! So happy for you! This is wonderful!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Judy!

Galveston, TX - United States

Wonderful! Voted

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Tisha! :)

Lakeland, FL - United States

had to reitereate Bob, This is wonderful my friend...

Bob Orsillo replied:

Sharon Thanks so much my friend!

TAVERNIER, FL - United States

Stunning arty photography, and I love this particular Khalil Gibran poem! F/VSU+1

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Elizabeth!

Worcester, MA - United States

You never cease to amaze me Bob! This is an outstanding creation on so many levels. Subject matter like this is beautiful in its own right. Fav/Vote

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Luke!

Palm Bay, FL - United States

This is very powerful! v/f

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks Roger!

Peñaflor - Chile

A work of great poetic intensity! I love it!! F/V

Bob Orsillo replied:

Madalena Thank you! ;)

Enterprise, Or - United States

Great image, again clever and creative voted and promoted:))

Bob Orsillo replied:

Amy you are so kind - thank you!

Palmetto, FL - United States

This is an instant favorite! So GREAT! VF

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Skip! Very much appreciated!

Capitola, CA - United States

nice work

Bob Orsillo replied:

Chris - Thank you!

New York, NY - United States

Bob, this is an instant favorite and vote. It is beautiful and haunting at the same time. Art at its' best!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Madeline, Thank you very much!

New York, NY - United States

Bob, this is an instant favorite and vote. It is beautiful and haunting at the same time. Art at its' best!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Madeline, Thank you very much!

Warwick, RI - United States

Gibran is a creative genius in his ability to portray feeling and emotion in an artistic way. Beautiful depiction of his great piece! V/F

Bob Orsillo replied:

Lourry - Thank you very much! :))

Castrop - Rauxel, NR - Germany

Great mood and very touching work Bob......just excellent - Chris (F&V)

Bob Orsillo replied:

Chris - Thank you! :)

Ebensburg, PA - United States

Bob This is very moving ,great work.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Jeff - Thank you! :)

Fort Worth, TX - United States

Lovely! V & F

Bob Orsillo replied:

DiDi - Thank you! :)

Sherbrooke, QC - Canada

What amazing, awesome image can a great visual artist AND a poet do with this modern technology (which is important but not essential)! This is an extraordinary exercise in that "bitter futility" we call art, an exercise (an "etude" as Vincent named most of his paintings) which, surprisingly, is and ISN'T bitter or futil. Fav. vote & congratulations, Bob! BTW, do you think that "people of the city (will) arose from the diseases slumber of ignorance and (will) saw the dawn of knowledge" ? Anyway, we live interesting and exciting times and you contribute to make them interesting (in the Chinese sense) and exciting! Thanks!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you ion, I am honored by your comment. To answer your question - At one time I believed people would, In the late 50's and early 60's it seemed like that would happen - then it slipped away. As historian you might see the pattern better - as I look back through history , people start to wake, it only lasts a few years - then something happens, and back to sleep. Think of your friend Vincent. (he has always been dear to me as well ) Even back then - I can not imagine anyone looking at his work and not seeing the genius of it. - But I keep hoping. :)

Sorel, QC - Canada

Simply captivating work! f.v.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Good Day Sophie - Thank you!

Wynnewood, PA - United States

Beautiful work and poem, Bob.fv. JS Bach wrote an exquisite work called, "Come Sweet Death"...I think it would go well with this.

Bob Orsillo replied:

After you mention it - I put "Come Sweet Death" - you are right! -- Thank you Byron.

Viborg - Denmark

Wonderfull Art Photography with a great history Bob ,perfect in every sence!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Colette!

WICHITA, KS - United States

absolutely stunning! the words, the art, oh my, Bob..this is masterful work..an immediate fav and vote..bravo, my friend, wow!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Tyler, Thank you! :)

Tokyo, to - Japan

Fantastic work, Bob!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Eena, Thank you!

Calgary, AB - Canada

WOW! Brilliant illustration! So deep in the interpretation of the Drama and the Poetry of Death!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Anna, Thank you!

London, mi - United Kingdom

lovely piece the tale is in its sheer beauty fv

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you so much Gloria! :)

Toronto, ON - Canada

A master's interpretation with such finesse ! I really doubt if anybody else can do it better than you, Bob! F,V,SU

Bob Orsillo replied:

Oiyee! I greatly honored - thank you! :)

Filey, No - United Kingdom

Brilliant work and something to think about :)

Bob Orsillo replied:

Svetlana, Thank you! :)

San Jose, CA - United States

So thought provoking and beautiful, Bob! One of your best by far.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Pat, Thank you! :)

Dagsboro, DE - United States

wonderful use of light

Bob Orsillo replied:

Jeffery, Thank you! :)

Miami (USA), Rio De Janeiro (Brazil) - United States

This is absolutely fantastic, it's one of your brilliant creations, I simply love the composition and title! F/V SU

Bob Orsillo replied:

E! Thank you! You are very kind! :)

Male - Maldives

Such a mystic mood you created here, Bob! Something very poetic and sad... Excellent piece of Art, congratulations!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Jenny Many thanks! :)

Bucharest, Ro - Romania

Magnificient and so moody and touching....... Love the deep metaphysical sense of this work, Bob. F,v. ______ Ana

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you so much Ana! :)

Yokohama - Japan

Bob, you have just raised the bar for the rest of us by a couple of metres or so. Excellent work, V/F!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Dean you are to kind - thank you!

Prievidza - Slovak Republic

I'm sorry I can not say enough good English so I would understand the whole story, but eventually I'll be able to even and then I read it more than once, the picture speaks for itself, words without the accompanying. ... V / F

Bob Orsillo replied:

Vielen Dank Renata! Eines Dichters Tod ist sein Leben IV von Khalil Gibran Die dunklen Schwingen der Nacht hüllte die Stadt, auf die Natur ein reines weißes Gewand von Schnee ausgebreitet hatte, und Menschen verlassen den Straßen für ihre Häuser auf der Suche nach Wärme, während der Nordwind sondiert in Betrachtung zu verwüsten die Gärten. Dort, in der Vorstadt stand eine alte Hütte schwer beladen mit Schnee und an der Schwelle zu fallen. In einer dunklen Nische des Bruchbude war ein armer Bett, in dem ein sterbender Jüngling lag, starrte auf das trübe Licht seiner Öllampe, machte durch die Eingabe von Wind flackern. Er ist ein Mann in die Quelle des Lebens, die voll war vorgesehen, dass die friedliche Stunde befreite sich aus den Fängen des Lebens war schnell nähert. Er war in Erwartung des Todes des Besuchs dankbar, und auf sein blasses Gesicht erschien die Morgenröte der Hoffnung, und auf seinem lops einem wehmütigen Lächeln, und in seinen Augen um Verzeihung. Er war Dichter Untergangs von Hunger in der Stadt leben reichen. Er war in der irdischen Welt gesetzt, um das Herz des Menschen mit seiner schönen und tiefen Worte zu beleben. Er als edle Seele, von der Göttin of Understanding geschickt zu beruhigen und zu sanft den menschlichen Geist. Aber ach! Er gerne hieß der kalten Erde Abschied ohne Empfang ein Lächeln von seinen seltsamen Bewohnern. Er war in den letzten Zügen und hatte niemand an seinem Bett speichern Sie die Öllampe, seine einzige Gesellschaft, und einige Pergamente, auf denen er sein Herz Gefühl geschrieben hatte. Als er geborgen die Reste seiner vernichtenden Kraft, die er hob die Hände gen Himmel, er bewegt seine Augen hoffnungslos, als wollte er die Decke eindringen, um die Sterne hinter dem Schleier Wolken zu sehen. Und er sagte: "Komm, oh schöne Tod, meine Seele ist für Sie Sehnsucht Komm nah zu mir und lösen Sie die Eisen Leben, denn ich müde Ziehen am Komm, o süßer Tod, und befreie mich von meinen Nachbarn, die aussahen.. auf mich wie ein Fremder, weil ich ihnen die Sprache der Engel zu interpretieren. Beeilen Sie sich, oh friedlichen Tod, und führe mich aus dieser Menge, die mich in der dunklen Ecke des Vergessens gegangen, weil ich nicht bluten die schwachen wie sie es tun. Komm, oh sanften Tod, und umhüllen mich unter deinen weißen Flügeln, für meine Mitmenschen sind nicht in von mir wollen Umarme mich, oh Tod, voller Liebe und Barmherzigkeit,. lassen Sie Ihre Lippen berühren meine Lippen, die nie geschmeckt einer...

Wesley, ME - United States

You have brought Gibran's writing to life with your hauntingly tender image, I am in awe.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you so much Susan!

Cambridge, ON - Canada

Bob, you've managed to bring me to tears.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Hanne, no finer compliment - Thank you!

Kamloops, BC - Canada

I love this - very compelling and poignant. The only book I have read by Khalil Gibran is "The Prophet". I'm glad you took the time to type this out. ;-) f/v

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Theresa! :)

Hampshire, IL - United States

Bob, a classic combination of a master illustrator and a world treasure Philosopher/Poet...f/v...

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks so much Dave! :)

Sydney, NS - Australia

Yes, Bob...ignorance is so cruel, Gibran has it right there. But...your beautiful image has uplifted and supported Gibran so visually poetically...you are getting very 'deep' these days , my friend. This is wonderful.

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thank you Vivian! :)

Richfield, OH - United States

I agree with Sharon, Bob. I cannot use words to describe this accomplishment any more eloquent than she did. The mood, the tone and the story are excellent!

Bob Orsillo replied:

Thanks so much Joan! ;)

Lakeland, FL - United States

wow! just to have read the story was moving but then to see the beautiful image you attributed the muse was even more so. This is art in two spectrums Bob, And you have accomplished it like an artist and a poet. beautiful

Bob Orsillo replied:

Sharon, thank you! :)

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Death Is A Poet

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Bob Orsillo

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Death is a poet - art by Bob Orsillo

A Poet's Death is His Life IV by Khalil Gibran
The dark wings of night enfolded the city upon which Nature had spread a pure white garment of snow; and men deserted the streets for their houses in search of warmth, while the north wind probed in contemplation of laying waste the gardens. There in the suburb stood an old hut heavily laden with snow and on the verge of falling. In a dark recess of that hovel was a poor bed in which a dying youth was lying, staring at the dim light of his oil lamp, made to flicker by the entering winds. He a man in the spring of life who foresaw fully that the peaceful hour of freeing himself from the clutches of life was fast nearing. He was awaiting Death's visit gratefully, and upon his pale face appeared the dawn of hope; and on his lops a sorrowful smile; and in his eyes forgiveness.

He was poet perishing from hunger in the city of living rich. He was placed in the earthly world to enliven the heart of man with his beautiful and profound sayings. He as noble soul, sent by the Goddess of Understanding to soothe and make gentle the human spirit. But alas! He gladly bade the cold earth farewell without receiving a smile from its strange occupants.

He was breathing his last and had no one at his bedside save the oil lamp, his only companion, and some parchments upon which he had inscribed his heart's feeling. As he salvaged the remnants of his withering strength he lifted his hands heavenward; he moved his eyes hopelessly, as if wanting to penetrate the ceiling in order to see the stars from behind the veil clouds.

And he said, "Come, oh beautiful Death; my soul is longing for you. Come close to me and unfasten the irons life, for I am weary of dragging them. Come, oh sweet Death, and deliver me from my neighbors who looked upon me as a stranger because I interpret to them the language of the angels. Hurry, oh peaceful Death, and carry me from these multitudes who left me in the dark corner of oblivion because I do not bleed the weak as they do. Come, oh gentle Death, and enfold me under your white wings, for my fellowmen are not in want of me. Embrace me, oh Death, full of love and mercy; let your lips touch my lips which never tasted a mother's kiss, not touched a sister's cheeks, not caresses a sweetheart's fingertips. Come and take me, by beloved Death."

Then, at the bedside of the dying poet appeared an angel who possessed a supernatural and divine beauty, holding in her hand a wreath of lilies. She embraced him and closed his eyes so he could see no more, except with the eye of his spirit. She impressed a deep and long and gently withdrawn kiss that left and eternal smile of fulfillment upon his lips. Then the hovel became empty and nothing was lest save parchments and papers which the poet had strewn with bitter futility.

Hundreds of years later, when the people of the city arose from the diseases slumber of ignorance and saw the dawn of knowledge, they erected a monument in the most beautiful garden of the city and celebrated a feast every year in honor of that poet, whose writings had freed them. Oh, how cruel is man's ignorance!

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