The Rise and Fall of Hydref (Autumn)


Mixed media sketch: pencil, pastel, charcoal and acrylics. 740mm W x 590mm H.
Autumn was written as an ode to poet Dylan Thomas. It tells the story of Hydref who struggles through life (seasons), but constantly rebirths herself to start the journey once again.

Shipping size incl. packaging

Height (CM) = 74

Width / Diameter if cylinder (CM) = 89

Depth / Diameter if cylinder (CM) = 17

Weight = 7kg

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‘The hiss and rustle of the leaves
on gently swaying trees
like the sigh of a vast creature

The smell of fresh morning dew
on moistened soil and rolling mist
embracing only few

Soon warm rain will fall in sheets,
spattering and steaming
washing away the now usual, miasma

Her last beams caught in sheets of rain
forming split-second works of art
in torrential sky

Unseen, undisturbed,
Hydref will be snuffed like a candle
to once again be surrounded
by gentle echoes of her own breathing’


VaL Smit ©

Published: Literary Garland, September 2020