The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.09.21

The Best of Mad Swirl : 01.09.21
"Truth is so rare that it is delightful to tell it." Emily Dickinson ••• The Mad Gallery ••• Bethemoth 45 - Alan Murphy Mad Swirl welcomes back Alan Murphy to the Mad Gallery with some collage work that truly is a treat to take in. Each piece almost feels like a scavenger hunt when you look at it - taking[read more]

New Featured Artist: Alan Murphy

New Featured Artist: Alan Murphy
Bethemoth 45 by Alan Murphy Mad Swirl welcomes back Alan Murphy to the Mad Gallery with some collage work that truly is a treat to take in. Each piece almost feels like a scavenger hunt when you look at it - taking in both the entirety of the image portrayed and all the other parts and[read more]

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 01.06.21

Note of Gratitude to the Mad Ones : 01.06.21
To ALL ye yin & yang hangers, ye yang & yin winners, ye lookers for the new, ye bookers of the blue skies beyond the auld lang syne… ye transformers & reformers & resolved heart warmers came & shook the old & new together to make a “now” like no other at Mad Swirl’s New[read more]

Stelliferous Heavens

I’d glide away into the cosmic flow
in quiet of the canopy of night
to leave the tumult of the world below
with wishes having wings to guide my flight.

In quiet of the canopy of night
the stellar orbs cast light in shining beams.
With wishes having wings to guide my flight
their faces seem a universe of dreams.

The stellar orbs cast light in shining beams
as days recede with final au revoirs.
Their faces seem a universe of dreams
in skies awash with myriads of stars.

As days recede with final au revoirs,
to leave the tumult of the world below
in skies awash with myriads of stars
I’d glide away into the cosmic flow.

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