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Remember Me by pbird12 Remember Me by pbird12
What do you see, what do you see,
what are you thinking when you're looking at me?
A crabby old woman, not very wise,
uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes.

I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still,
as I do at your bidding, as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of ten with a father and mother,
brothers and sisters, who love one another.

A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet,
dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.
A bride soon at twenty - my heart gives a leap,
remembering the vows that I promised to keep.

At twenty-five now, I have young of my own
who need me to guide and a secure happy home.
A woman of thirty, my young now grown fast,
bound to each other with ties that should last.

At forty my young sons have grown and are gone,
but my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.
At fifty once more babies play round my knee,
again we know children, my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead;
I look at the future, I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing young of their own,
and I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm now an old woman and nature is cruel;
'tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigor depart,
there is now a stone where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells,
and now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
and I'm loving and living life over again.

I think of the years - all too few, gone too fast
and accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, open and see,
not a crabby old woman; look closer - see ME!


This is my entry to the Remember Me contest over at #PortraitClub The theme is an interpretation of the phrase 'Remember Me' my thoughts on this was to not be made invisible in old age and hopefully, this poem (which is not mine but I edited it a little, the original author is unknown) sums up what I was trying to say with my drawing :)

Materials used:
A4 Mellotex
Graphite - 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B
Erasers
Blue Tac
Tortillion
Time: Approx 16 hours

Print available in my shop - www.etsy.com/shop/BrighteyesAr…

Ref - A random clock face and an image from Erika Barker www.erikabarker.com/photojourn… This very talented and lovely photographer allowed me to draw one of her photos.

Also a huge big thank you to =SvenjaLiv who helped with adding the cracked window effect (to show age and damage and imperfection) to my reference, she put up with my pathetic ineptitude in anything digital, so this one is dedicated to you Svenja :love:

Thank you so much for looking and bless you if you read this far :blowkiss:
Paula

WIPs -

EDIT: Thank you so much to *PutYourBraveFaceOn for suggesting this drawing for a DD and to ^Astralseed for being good enough to choose it. Thank you :love:

FURTHER EDIT: It seems that I have offended by not putting the link to the poem in my comments. I clearly stated it was not mine and the author unknown, but to save any further confusion, I will repeat it here. IT IS NOT MY POEM AND THE AUTHOR IS UNKNOWN! I googled and the poem can be found on many many websites, this is the link the first I came across if anyone wants to see www.poeticexpressions.co.uk/PO…
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-08-10
The suggester said: Time catches up with us all, but its swift touch doesn't have the necessary power to erase the echo that we leave behind in this world, in one way or another. Every wrinkled face has countless stories to tell and even more feelings to share. Remember Me by =pbird12 ( Suggested by PutYourBraveFaceOn and Featured by Astralseed )
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your artwork has been featured here. :D
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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ChaosKatie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My pleasure! ;)
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HRMech Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That is aaaaaaawesome!!!!!!!!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your very kind comments, I really appreciate the support :)
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scott466 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Artist
you are so awesome !
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:blush: Thank you very much, thank you too for the fave and watch, I appreciate it :aww:
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This drawing is sooo wonderful!! I love everything: contrast, texture, concept and title! This drawing made me cry, so beautiful!! :heart:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad you like it, I loved drawing this one .. thank you :) Aw, I'm sorry for the sadness though :hug:
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DariaDzyuba Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe you're very welcome! :glomp:
No problem, it's just life :aww:
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh... Em... Gee!

I never realised this had been granted a DD... I haven't been paying much attention on here as of late, been busy. Sorry.

CONGRATULATIONS!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :blowkiss:
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aRtUSSELL Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the DD! :clap: I only now saw that you received one^^' Anyway, this is a wonderful drawing, and the DD is well deserved! Keep up the great work and just ignore anyone who tries to ruin it for you!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :heart: I going with your advice and have forgotten about it now :nod:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! :hug: Good to hear :)
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HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
congrats for the DD :clap:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Belated congratulations on DD, dear Paula! :party:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Mayumi :tighthug:
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're most welcome! It was a well deserved one! :D
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Jeanne-Lui Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:boogie: Yeah, congratz on the DD! :glomp: :love:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :huggle:
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CaroleHumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD Paula! I'm a wally, I hadn't realised you had just recieved the DD when I read your comment about the person who had tried to rain on your parade, sadly there's always one ... a case of sour grapes I guess :clap: :hug:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :hug: No worries, I wasn't sending out the poll for that at all, all of my watchers would have seen it already, so no need to advertise it again :giggle:

There is always one, without fail ... ah, whatever, if that's what makes them tick, they can't have much else going on :no:
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VahnKira Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW A DD Paula :love: You deserve it !
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :hug: :squee:
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robdolbs Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Paula, i didn't even know you got a DD you lucky girl! although you obviously SO deserve it!!! :love: :worship:
you must be very happy :aww:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks lovely :hug: It was a lovely surprise :nod: :happybounce:
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
The detail and expressiveness is just stunning. A DD well deserved!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :heart:
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
You are so very welcome!
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eajna Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Traditional Artist
woow, this is one of my absolute favourites from you and it got a DD!!! :happybounce: congrats dear! :hug:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :huggle: I so loved drawing this one, it really made me happy :squee:
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww... I missed this DD!!! Congrats, Paula! Well deserved. I don't know about the poem though-- because it's sooooooooooooo important to me to know who the author or I'll drop dead.. literally. Just go off yourself already. All I care here is Paula got a DD!! Yay! :D
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, it was a lovely surprise but there's always one stinker who comes and tried to put a downer on it :shakefist:

I've seen it happen to so many people and I still replied when it happened to me, I am annoyed at myself :D
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mehh... it happens. I don't blame you for being annoyed. I get random dumb comments once in awhile. I get annoyed at first, then I just turn it around and do whatever I can to piss them off more by being very condescending, dismissive and/or mocking (one of three of those works every time in real life and especially on the internet). I keep pushing them until they block me instead. I'm really good at getting under people's skin and I feel no remorse for it. I know, I'm such a psychopath.

But please do enjoy your DD-- of all people you totally deserve it!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lol, I'm so glad your my friend! You know, I'm quite a sarcastic person in real life, but people can see my face and know I'm just kidding, but I rein that in when text talking, because I know how wrongly it can be interpreted ... maybe it would be nice to let it run free every now and again for the special cases :D

Thank you again, I did enjoy it, people are generally very nice and that's what to focus on :nod:
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahaha.. I'm glad we are friends. Trust me, you don't want to be on my hit list-- I will make your life miserable by all means. I have supervisors, managers, human resource personnel and even people who sign my paychecks that are afraid of me at work. My poor supervisor breaks out in hives every time she has to have a one on one meeting with me. I'm also very sarcastic and it's always in a way where it's haha-but-there-are-some-truth-behind-it kind of sarcasm. And if you can't tell that I'm being sarcastic, then OBVIOUSLY you don't know me THEREFORE you mean nothing to me HENCE I don't care what you think or feel. Oh, and I loveeee back-hand compliments.. love them!

Well, aside from being an awesome artist-- you are a genuinely great person and people just need to get over themselves. I expect to see more DD's from you. ;)
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You know why your so scary? It's because you look so lovely! I can't believe that comes out of your pretty face :giggle:

Bless you for being so kind, that means a lot :hug:
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disdaindespair Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha.. you flatter me Paula-- now you're really being sarcastic. :D I am very intimidating and I make sure people do find me as a threat if need be. But I'm probably the least violent person you'll come across-- I won't lay a hand on you but I can break you limb to limb with words.

Also I'm eagerly waiting for you to complete your current project. :D
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, this is a sarcasm free zone tonight :D

Oh gawd, I am eagerly awaiting it too .. it's taking forever :faint: I might pop a WIP on later, I've done a good bit more now :)
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MouseMakesMess Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD hun.:hug:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much :tighthug:
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acjub Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh so I missed that you got a DD :faint:
About bloody time I say! :D Congratulations! :glomp:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks lovely :hug:
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SoulSaped Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow really cool, I love it!
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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Twins72 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
awww congrats dear you really deserved it :party:
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pbird12 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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