Poetry: Carl Scharwath

Artist: Carl Scharwath

Artist Statement:
I use photography as a means of self-expression. The most important quality of a photograph, as in all of art, is to evoke an emotional response. I prefer to capture surrealistic moments when I can, the play of light and colors and unusual situations as they unfold. As a passionate runner, being aware of my surroundings tends to produce some surprise scenes instead of forcing an image of time with my camera. Currently I have been concentrating on collaborations with other poets who interpret my photos with their powerful words creating an art form that compliments each other.

Black Starlight

I shall embrace through collapsing cities
her sweet madness- beautiful as snow
that by starlight star which is melting

her pale flowerlike cheek slipping  of worlds
on a journey, down the lingering black river
To the evening zephyr in each soft corner

Black -
where heaven is sleeping, streaked by the
heavy waves embroidered with black moss
her great veils rising mount in my soul yet


A curtain, shroud-like
Sheds dust falling gently
Like an early morning snowfall
To disappear on the dingy floor.

The man looks around
The walls peeling and stained
Seem to compliment his
Old and almost useless furniture.

Living alone, the room seems
To wrap itself around him
Tighter and tighter until
Anxiety and solitude are the new daybreak.

Night Cemetery Vision

Moonlight bathes headstones
In elongated shadows,
Casting a cynical glow.

Perfectly aligned mercenaries
Long ago legions,
Covenants to life’s carnage.

Brittle cement markers
Forgotten names etched and
Adorned in plastic flowers.

Resurrected in moments,
Dream state paralysis-
Are you remembered tonight?


Every baby is born to greatness
there is a stainless beauty
installed in a clean heart
love and tolerance
wired into the soul

The Latin Vulgate
an icon of purpose
imbues and cicerones
the steady hand
of a mother and father

Lost in luminescent daylight
and memories of thermal water
to what end
humanity awaits
its glorious creation

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