Sketches for Mannikin Dreams and Despair
© 2010 by Duane Kirby Jensen

Note: Text in sketch is rough. The content below shows revision and my be revised again once moving to the painting stage.

Broken and destined to stay behind, he devours and disseminates knowledge he gleans from each page preparing the others for their exodus beyond the boundaries that confine them. He realizes that his kind are perched upon a teetering point in time that is precariously balanced between becoming and backsliding, that point where loss of forward momentum, will send them tumbling down the metaphoric hill they are climbing until they merge back into that which they once were. Failing to evolve, failing to have thought, striped of the ability to feel and crave more, they will cease to exist as beings, and once again become objects to be poked and prodded, assembled and dissembled, bent to whims of others, or simply dropped and shattered through neglect or disinterest.

He fights off despair of knowing he will never process the mobility of limbs working in unison, of striding into a new land, of bathing in the process discovering new territories or standing within the embrace of the wind. That is not his path, but that through his strength now, others will live the life he can only envision, and that is enough.

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