A Tale of Two Towers-Christine Ray & Eric Syrdal

An extreme honor to write with Christine! She is a woman for whom my love, admiration, and respect continue to grow every day.

Please take a look at some of her other work. It really is amazing!

Brave & Reckless

Locked away in stone tower

rest of the world


becomes dim memory

time loses meaning

becomes shapeless



spent in solitude


only by whether

I read precious books

by sunlight

falling soft through windows

that no longer open

or dancing candle light

by this halflight

I read the words

of Tennyson

and his Lady of Shalott

in her lonely spire

whose shadow would fall

likewise across my

bitter landscape

but I’ve no magic mirror

to scry upon the world below

I search my embattled memory

to remember golden fields of rye

and green waves of grasses

against sapphire summer skies

here in this place

my color palette

is reduced

to the colors the melancholic

grey and brown


across flagstone and wall

and mortar in shades of ash

There was technicolor life once

music and dancing

intimate conversation

easy laughter

food delighted palate

wine danced on tongue

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22 Responses to A Tale of Two Towers-Christine Ray & Eric Syrdal

  1. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. What you two have painted is heavenly.

  2. beautiful collaboration!

  3. thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

    A beautiful duo, indeed. 😊

  4. Eric– Thank you so much. It was an honor and a privilege to write with you my friend.

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