Description 'Farewell To' by Francis Duggan: Farewell to the young women I used to knowWhen I was a younger man decades agoSome of them are ageing grandmothers todayAnd some of them childless and single did stay.Farewell to the first feelings of love I knewThough the one that I loved to another was trueShe did not know I loved her 'twas better that waySince I've always found words like 'I love you' so hard for to say.Farewell to my childhood friends the girls and the boysWe had fun together and we played with our toysWe grew up too quickly and got to know careAnd we found out about life in the big World out there.Farewell to the Town Park where we played footballAn old memory fading that's nice to recallStill in my flights of fancy the old Town I seeThough life in the old Town goes on without me.To the old stream that flowed by my old home a tearful farewellAnd those old fields that will long outlive my doggerelAnd on the leafy hedgerows in the prime of SpringThe songbirds of Nature did whistle and sing.Farewell to the past since the past is long goneAnd without me life in the old Townland goes onBut fond memories of my boyhood years with me remainAnd I often go back down memory lane.
I.M. Spadecaller, Tampa Bay Member Since March 2010 Artist Statement Matthew Schwartz (AKA Spadecaller) is a grateful survivor who conveys his convictions and serenity through visual art, poetry, and video.
As a child, he was trained in traditional oil techniques and later attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City (1970-71). During the 70's up until the late 80's he exhibited acrylic and oils in New York, and presently resides on the west coast of Florida.
Since the advent of image editing software, he has turned more to creative digital hand painted images and photos striving to fuse these into an art form worthy of the distinction traditional painters deserve.
Spadecaller showcase his digital paintings, poetry, and other mixed media images by creating videos; these are available for viewing at: http://www.youtube.com/user/Thespadecaller.