The silver thorn, the bloody rose lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

1 The silver thorn of bloody rose lies crused and broken on the virgin snow sm

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless head on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in the ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will…

~ “Vincent” by Don McLean

While he is best known for the iconic hit, “American Pie,” my favourite Don McLean song has always been “Vincent.” His ode to Vincent van Gogh is haunting and beautiful, sad and filled with regret. But it is also a song of forgiveness; an understanding of how this genius grappled with his demons and ultimately overcame his struggle. The fact that the world was deprived of his brilliance is pardoned, knowing that this master finally knew peace.

This post didn’t begin being about this song or this artist. It started with the dress, a group gift from Salt & Pepper for her one year anniversary as a designer. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with a latex dress, so I zeroed in on the colour. I knew the starkness of a snowy background would create drama; the props came as an afterthought (although anything from [ keke ] pops to the foreground when I think of adding something pretty to a scene). It was only after I “planted” the bush that the lyrics to the song came to mind.

I haven’t listened to this song in years. But creating this photo, the lyrics came back to me as clearly as the beauty of van Gogh’s masterpiece.

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Sleep well, Vincent, underneath the starry night.

Pretty stuff I’m showiong off:

*Dress: Salt & Pepper S&P Dress Annie maitreya exp by xxSaltandPepperxx (group gift at the main store)
*Shoes: fri. – Macey.Platforms (Cherry) – Maitreya by Darling Monday (available at Uber through February 23rd)
Hair/pose: *ARGRACE* Akane – Cherry by rika Oyen
Eyelids: Slink Mesh eyelids (alpha) (photo prop) by Siddean Munro
Ears: [MANDALA]SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU by kikunosuke Eel
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: [PXL] Creations Shara Winter NAT Makeup 03 REB C2 by Hart Larsson
Tattoo: [White~Widow] Legend – Henna – RARE by Julie Hastings (gacha prize at The Epiphany January 2016)

*Book: [ keke ] book of magic by Kean Kelly (available at Shiny Shabby through February 10th)
*Bush: [ keke ] winter flowers – shrub 1 by Kean Kelly (available at The Seasons Story through January 31st)
*Petals: [ keke ] winter flower ground by Kean Kelly (available at The Seasons Story through January 31st)

Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 by Stefan Buscaylet

7 thoughts on “The silver thorn, the bloody rose lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

    • PeepSideshow Darkward January 29, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much, Salt and thank you for all you do for me ❤ Happy Anniversary!

  1. caoimhelionheart January 30, 2016 / 2:56 am

    Crap! do you need that CPR thingy ma-jiggy? WAKE UP PEEP!!! It’s the weekend, you can sleep on Monday! ❤

    • PeepSideshow Darkward January 30, 2016 / 7:13 am

      I’m ok, Cao! Just had to have a little lie down…this dress is tight and these heels are high!

  2. chericolette January 30, 2016 / 9:35 pm

    Happy 1st Anniversary xxSaltandPepperxx. Great post Peep…I was singing along in my mind as I was reading (and yes thats very hard to do) and I realized, while I knew the words I had no clue to the meaning nor the tie up with Van Gogh.

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