I follow the echo of a drum into the room you won with your presence to find a statue of your likeness and her though it is you who is emitting the steady thump, thump soundless but felt in the beat of my heart. She demands I sign the pact with my life A life for life, she says. So I slice my hand with a crusty knife trying not to wonder how many others had done the same. My sight goes red and hazy, the blood mist you call it, the passage into the nether between sin and virtue you say speaking directly into my mind. I see myself in your black apathetic eyes, reflecting death in a bloodless face, draining souls through empty eye sockets, your own personification of death written onto my face. You see me. And like shrapnel mincing my flesh into a fine red paste I realize that I’m stuck wading through the pools of our joined mind in hopes of finding what I lost. But I am lost, you say. And next you conjure my thoughts into bubbles, typewritten and filled with mistakes, against my will. But my fear hides within my blood, lost as it trickles down my arm and I smile knowing soon I won’t have to worry anymore. I remember when I first saw you from the back of a classroom, drawing in the margins of a notebook the back of your head, having trouble with the waves in your hair, lacking the ability to mimic the wind’s skill, and in the end there was only left a mess of pen scribbles that was no longer you. One day I will stumble upon that drawing and it will be like looking at you from a distant star. As it only shows you in the past, an image containing all the ideals I thought you were.
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Corroborations 2013 was held at the University Libraries, The University of South Dakota, from January 28 – May 3, 2013. The Corroborations 2013 exhibition paired USD visual arts and poetry majors in order to create new collaborative work and to both broaden acceptance and appreciation of alternative art disciplines.