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Cannot look at it without being moved.
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Powerful work, Harry.
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Thanks to all who have commented on various iterations of this work. Your comments are always encouraging.
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The 3rd poem of my 3 submissions to the Art and Poetry Show was for "Empty Swings," which aroused considerable attention. The image speaks for itself in terms of my anti gun violence message. The poem is directed at those who grieve over a heart wrenching loss to violence in that hate must not remain in one's heart. Here is the poem and I repeat the image.

The heart is ever full
Love or hate contain
Swinging to and fro
Love or hate remain
Emptiness never stills
That which we must let go


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Very powerful image, Harry. I'm especially drawn to the simple colors and the gloved hand, which makes the race of the shooter unknown. Violence is not specific to any group of people so this is so appropriate.
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Very powerful image, Harry. I'm especially drawn to the simple colors and the gloved hand, which makes the race of the shooter unknown. Violence is not specific to any group of people so this is so appropriate.

That is a very astute observation. My first version of this was of a gray hand with the idea that I wanted the hand to be race neutral. However, no matter what I did the viewer interpreted this as a black hand. I did not want this to be about black on black crime but about the use of guns for violence regardless of race. So I used a glove.
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Great piece of art and superb poetry. I really like your message and the way you've conveyed it Harry.

There is a massive difference in the gun laws of America and Australia. Here of course we aren't immune from the odd random lunatic carrying an illegal weapon and doing irreparable damage, but the incidents are few and far between. In the states, things are drastically different with such easy access to legal and illegal weaponry. Every time I mention this I get some apologist saying stupid things like "it's not guns that kill people, it's the people that kill people" as if these people would still kill if they didn't have access to lethal weapons. Sure, the odd imbecile would, but the majority would be stopped. The American consitution allows for the ownership of guns and in fact encourages it, and crime has ended up at such an extent that people will trot out lines such as "I need a gun to protect myself" without the faintest idea that this only exacerbates the situation. Fortunately (actually very unfortunately!!) in Australia some lunatic called Martin Bryant decided to shoot dead 35 people back in 1996 in a rural area and this set in motion the gun control laws that we now have in place. If you want a gun, you need to show a valid reason, you need to do a rigorous course and you need to keep your gun and your ammunition locked up and separate to each other. You also are not allowed to give them to anyone else since it is you who are the licence holder. I could go on but I'm sure I'll inflame someone - suffice to say, we have relatively little gun crime here.
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Grand Finish . Excellent interpretation through literary and visual depiction

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Wow, just wow! What a powerful piece, especially paired with the poetry. Incredible work!
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Thanks Venkat, Melissa and Patrick. Powerful statement Patrick.
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Strong imagery! Strong poem! And thank you Patrick for the strong statement. I do wish some people in this country had a little more common sense.

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I will not soon forget the first time I saw this work soon after the Sandy Hook shooting. It was heart wrenching! I am pleased you carried on and finished it, it must have been difficult. I agree with the change to the ambiguous glove, the implied threat becomes more universal. You brought it to a powerful finish, Harry, congratulations!
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Very powerful piece and poem. Quite a statement.
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Thanks so much GardenMaven, Lorna and Diana for your comments.
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