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Lyres on a False Note

Updated on October 21, 2013

Shroud of Turin/ W. Barrett Art

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Shroud of Happy Face

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Duplicating duplicity

dual decievers

from heaven and hell

twin liars

singing through forked tongues

strumming lyres

a mesmerizing lure

up a gods stairs

and down into demon lairs

where both claim thrones

which are nothing more

than used car salesmen chairs

created by imaginations

greedy man's aspirations

and misinterpretations

of a peaceful teachers

commiserations

for the sheep

led astray

by wolves

in a carpenters clothing

proclaiming their love

but expressing their loathing

when you couldn't pay a tithe

by refusing to redeem

a poor sinner begging

by refusing him a place

on the soft ball team.




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    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Hi Erin. I appreciate the compliment.

      The art work was done with fabric paint on muslin cloth. I did the shroud of Turin first and then did a collection of other well known images that I used in the same format. Not sure If I'll ever be able to do anything with them, but it is fun.

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      Erin Buttermore 

      4 years ago from Laconia

      Great work! I am just curious, how did you create the awesome artwork?

      What medium was used?

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      This just begs to be read aloud--I would record it and embed it here---you know how to shake us up a bit!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 

      4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wayne, this was outstanding!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thanks Tony. What an honor to have two great poets back to back visit me here. I'm glad to see you're back up and going again. I can imagine how far behind you got. Between my job, hubpages, bubblews, my website, and the new book i"m working on, I don't even like to think what it would be like to lose my internet.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Vincent. I'm getting busier and busier these days, but sometimes I'm lucky enough to still capture a muse when it comes my way.

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      Tony DeLorger 

      4 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      I agree with Vincent, your take is always individual; and I love that. Scathing, thought-provoking and true. 'God' as expressed through religion has always been about humanity, not God. Great work Wayne.

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      Vincent Moore 

      4 years ago

      You come up with some amazing themes for your work, this is an exceptional dialogue my poetic friend. Yes indeed its rhythm and artwork is simply thought provoking indeed. Your subject matter is always a surprise to your reader as this was to me, bravo well done.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Kim.

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      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago from North Carolina

      Wayne,

      Love the poem for its sentiment, but also for its rhythm. The artwork is also stunning. Per always, excellent work and voted up.

      Wishing you a wonderful day,

      Kim

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Anna.

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      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Wayne.

      Very interesting and thought provoking. I liked how the meaning was open to interpretation. The last line was a surprise. Very nicely done.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Tom, and a happy All Hallows Eve to you as well.

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      thost 

      4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Very good poem Wayne. Happy Halloween.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much, Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. I always enjoy your poetry. We are always faced with difficult choices in life. Your artwork is fascinating. That smile there got me smiling.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you, Kari.

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      I appreciate the compliment Jamie.

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      Kari Shinal 

      4 years ago from AZ

      Forked Tongues lead to more than one crooked path. One cannot walk both simultaneously. Interesting and thought provoking. Thank you Wayne!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      Wow...great poetry here. Thank you Wayne. Jamie

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      4 years ago from TEXAS

      'Truth is truth', as my dear George always said when a compliment he'd given was merited and needed no defense! :-)

      And thank you for yours!

    • wayne barrett profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you again dear Nellieanna. Once again I find myself humbled by your generous compliments. I do not take for granted a positive comment from the poet of the year!

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      Wayne Barrett 

      4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Wonderful compliment Sha. I always appreciate seeing you at my hubs. Thanks for being a friend!

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      4 years ago from TEXAS

      WOW. This is intense, real, composure-shaking poetry, and all so very devastatingly true.

      When the unscrupulous pundits get into a mix, it quickly deteriorates into loathsome manipulation.

      I love your juxtaposition of lyre and liar and your artwork is phenomenal.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Wayne, your poetry not only reads smoothly but elicits thought and understanding without having to go back over the words to figure out what you are saying. I like that. I don't want to have to read twice to figure out what the writer is trying to say. I'd like to read twice because it was phenomenal. That's the case here. (The phenomenal part, not the not knowing what you're trying to say part!)

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