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A Spring Awakening and the Noise that Came With It by TheSylverLining A Spring Awakening and the Noise that Came With It by TheSylverLining
A Spring Awakening and the Noise that Came With It
by RoAnna Sylver for Phoenix Online Studios

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I slipped quietly into winter with a kind of resigned tolerance:
Oh, it’s this foolishness again.

Of course everything has its season, and four months ago it was my season to gracefully bow out
And let the snow fill in my footprints still in a dance pattern across the meadow.
It always looks so white and clean and silent, so monochromatic and tame - but nobody tells you what’s really going on underneath.

We’re still alive, you know. There’s still color and noise and movement.

Even if it’s time for me to drift in and out of very cold, very quiet dreams, lulled by the sound of hoofbeats over my head (because he gets so restless; he never did learn to sit still).

Time waits for no goddess. The Earth turns, and not even a lady who sees in the dark through panther eyes and walks on wolf-pad feet and smiles with pointed teeth can slow a year’s rotation. (They always paint their Mother Nature with flowers, but my tastes have always run a little more wild. Feralism is natural too, and it’s always in season.)

So I fell asleep for a long time, and let the world turn without me. But the sun comes out again, if you remember to make it happen. Time waits for no mortals either, and soon it’s my turn.

Eventually you learn it’s time to stop being polite and silent. (I learned that lesson the hard way so you don’t have to.) I break the surface. I take a step.

I reach out a hand and light comes down to meet it; it follows my finger and melts where I touch. Slowly at first. Everything happens slowly at first, a gradual fading of the ice sculptures; they morph into new watery shapes and finally disappear.

Just for fun, I do everything properly at first. Follow the tradition, increase just a few average degrees a day (nobody tells you how much mathematics go into regulating the seasons), swell the creeks and shrink the snow banks.
But I’ve never been very good at waiting, and March is just the season for change, isn’t it?

We’re doing things differently this year, now we’re tired of being quiet and waiting for the sun to come back out, winter never fades unless you make it. It won’t get better unless you make sure it does.

So we do. The slow walk turns into a dance, the tempo increases until it’s an unseasonal fever pitch and I’m throwing off icy chains and corsets that have frozen too tight and we’re bringing color and warmth back into this chilled greyscale world, because we went out silently, not even with a whimper, and there’s only way to come back in and that’s singing.

And oh, we’re singing now, and I’m anything, everything but ashamed.

Because I think it’s time we were alive for a change- We’ve been waiting long enough.

I leaped into spring with a kind of heart-and-teeth-baring scream of shameless joy: Oh, it’s my favorite time of the year!

I won’t say I’m a goddess again
(because I always was)
But it’s always right about now that I remember.
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful Sylver - you've captured beauty, hope and new life in one fell swoop - this is so alive with new beginnings and colours, you can't help but be uplifted by it <3
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh gosh. ;-; Thank you so much sweetie! <3 I'm so happy you like this, aaahhh.
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KRM4069 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
lovely words and image.
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thenj Kevie! <3
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AsWierdAsItGets Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wow, I love this so much. I'm glad that even now I can recognize your work from a quick glance at the thumbnail alone. Your writing is amazing too :heart:
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <3
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AsWierdAsItGets Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
No problem! :aww:
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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
FUCK YOU WINTER IT'S TIME FOR SPRING. You know, it's funny: I've always loved winter, up until this last one which I had to endure without heating. The cold is so agonizing, man. I am SO ready for spring...

...so this was really nice, hah. So positive! So uplifting! So SPRINGY! You captured the energy very well, with the transition from monotone winter to the colorful spring. The swirls give it a nice bouncy look, too, and I like how her dress casts off swirls of its own. The only critique I have would be to have "woven" the green foliage into the background better, as they stand out a bit. But beautiful work overall, Sylv! aklfjklsopretty <3

(Great writing, by the way, if that's your doing! My favorite line is, "because we went out silently, not even with a whimper, and there’s only way to come back in and that’s singing")

While we're on the topic of spring, do you like Easter? Not the Christian observation, but the pastels-and-candy-and-bunnies Easter. I bet you LOVE the "bunnies everywhere" thing. =P
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! <333 I'm so happy you like this, sweetie. I really really appreciate the lovely words. And yes, the writing is mine too! :3

I LOVE EASTER. Not the Christian version; I generally prefer to think of it as Ostara, though I'm ultimately fine with any. Any celebration of rebirth and renewal is wonderful to me! :la: And YES I LOVE BUNNIES EVERYWHERE OH MY GOD. YES YES. <333 (Though I hate the practice of giving 'easter bunnies' to ill-prepared families or small children. :c Buns are friends and little beings and around 10 year commitment if you take care of them properly, not a novelty toy. Treat buns with respect and care! ;A; )
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Ribbontail Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Eeehehe, you're very welcome. Your writing really is beautiful; you should post more, once your workload has eased up!

UGH BUT YES, I HATE EASTER-BUNNY-PET-GIFTS. It's such a callous, moronic thing to do. The same kind of crap is done with chicks (chickens are my favorite animal), and it just... ugh. An animal is a living being, not a novelty. >:c That aside, I love Easter too. The light chocolates come out and so do all the garish pastel colors. YES.
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HeartLinesOnYourHand Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOOH! I love all the squiggly/curly vines and her hair and and...
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aahhhh thank you sweetie
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HeartLinesOnYourHand Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, lovey!
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Lmih Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, it look lovely the colours are beautiful :)
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TheSylverLining Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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