Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Ophelia embraced by a swaddling divine
Within folds cradled beauty sublime
In hues of lambent blue, gray and white
Is seen the grace of spirit, a questing light
Hers be a fate, a story fraught with pain
Love and loss, loss and love bear her name
Each shed tear now aflow in waters be
Her spirit and beauty cresting in waves of the sea.

Rose Marie Raccioppi

Ophelia, David Goteiner, DDS, www.artofperio.com


  1. lovely words and image, this touches me. the last two lines especially, so graceful. I know it isn't how exactly how you wrote it, but my tongue wants to say, "in waters be her spirit and beauty cresting in waves of the sea." mm

  2. I too, can feel your words, Thank You. I first saw this work of art this past Saturday. It is the original work of a dentist I went to for a dental surgical procedure. When viewing it, the words became known. Dr. Goteiner, the dentist, the artist, was most pleased with my poetic response. And is that not what we are about - creation and expression...

  3. You've found a gorgeous image to accompany with gorgeous and sorrowful words. I've just read your comment and see that this isn't a sculpture, which it appears to be. It is lovely, and isn't it wonderful that inspiration can be found even in the dental chair? Who would have thought?

    I love the repetition of the words "love and loss, loss and love." That's what Ophelia was all about. I've always felt so sorry for her; she was so confused by her losses.

  4. Thank you Karen. I have been most fortunate in those I have found to give me the dental care I am in need of - process not yet complete. David J.Shuch, DDS in addition to his dental arts is also an artist and author. (Do see post of April 7, 2009, Charm Carver) He is my primary care dentist. Dr. David Goteiner, was referred to me by Dr. Shuch for a particular surgical procedure. Yes, indeed, "Who would have thought?"

  5. Ophelia is a powerful symbol,often associated with how women feel about themselves.

  6. Rosaria, Reflecting upon your comment brought the thought, indeed, "love and loss, loss and love" define so much of a woman's experience and may well define how she views herself.