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Nomad

There is great freedom in detachment. When I chose to allow something to bind me to it I become it's prisoner. I have often marveled at the lives of Nomads. Everything they own travels with them. There are no imaginary lines drawn on a map that describes the dimensions of their property. They own everything by owning nothing. They live within this remarkable paradox. They are like the birds of the sky or the fish in the sea. Wherever they go they are at home. Deeds and documents are nothing more than scraps of useless paper upon which lie the erroneous description of perceived ownership. Eventually I will become a Nomad as will everyone else. It is upon my death that I will leave behind everything I own and travel as a wanderer. It has been said to me that a "shroud has no pockets" and truer words were never spoken. Yet, since the very beginnings of humankind we humans have placed in the graves of the departed many trinkets, baubles and riches in the false hope that when the deceased awakens on the "other side" they will have their booty with them. It is the greatest of ironies. It is a nice and reverent gesture to place with the departed relics of their former self but it is just a gesture, nothing more nothing less. So,I hope that I remember to use wisely that which I have. And I pray that my God will "save me from my wants and allow me to have my needs". This has become my prayer, the prayer of the Nomad. visionary imagist "Joey"

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shenur masters 24 Jun 2012

beautiful work, great expression!!!

Gabrielle Stahlie 29 Dec 2007

Joey, a nomad is always on the way to better places, to purer water and food, that's why he travels so light so nothing can stop him to reach that goal. It is a ongoing journey to the next oase. It can be be seen as a spiritual metaphore. A wonderful intense painting.

Artist Reply:  I value your words and appreciate you taking the time to share your kind remarks with me. I look forward to seeing your new artworks as well. Thanks again my friend.
Artist Reply: your words are so true. wonderful insight my friend. thanks for sharing with me all your kind remarks and your artwork as well.

Nikolay Semyonov 29 Dec 2007

looks like you loved reading Arabian Nights. wonderful work as always, Joey. Happy new 2008!

Artist Reply: thanks my friend. and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours.

Jean M. Laffitau 29 Dec 2007

Just.....BREATHTAKING!!

Artist Reply:  I value your words and appreciate you taking the time to share your kind remarks with me. I look forward to seeing your new artworks as well. Thanks again my friend.

John Fish 28 Dec 2007

I love this moody haunting depiction of a nomad life and the accompanying message is fascinating and inspiring

Artist Reply: John: I did enjoy painting this oil. thanks again my friend