Gently Weeps

The Other Side.

The world gone wrong.

“One of the bloggers that I read posted a funny meme. It said something along the lines of, “2020 sounded so futuristic. Today, I traded a handkerchief for a carrot.”

Besides the huge irony, those words struck me as being one of the funniest things that I’d read recently.

There’s always a little truth behind every joke.

We aren’t to that point around here. Yet. But, it doesn’t seem so far away to me. Especially if people keep hollering about their constitutional rights and storming leaders’ houses with large military grade weapons. Yes. Military grade. I saw a picture of some wannabe human being holding something that could only be a reloadable RPG. Where the hell did he get that?

More to the point, what did he think he was going to do with it?

See what I mean about wannabe human? I’m willing to bet if this country brought back the draft, he would find some way to get out of it. You know, like bone spurs.


We live in an unreal time. Truth isn’t the truth. Facts aren’t facts. And, the current president wants to blame everything on the past president. Now, he’s dreamed up something called, Obamagate. Yes. Everything is Obama’s fault. The truth is that he’s trying to rewrite history. He thinks that we have short memories. Like we’d forget everything he said the day before.

That isn’t helping.

Stay focused on the task at hand. It’s a really big task.

He isn’t helping that either.

I guess it’s all on us. We, the people. We have to look after each other. We have to rebuild. We have to begin again.

In a way that’s a very good thing. If chief bone spurs doesn’t want to take responsibility, that means we can do whatever we want. We can do the right thing. And, we can vote. If the last three months haven’t convinced you that the Republican leadership doesn’t care about us, nothing will.

I promised that Storyteller would not become political. I’ll try to keep it that way. Mostly. There are days when nothing helps. I’m pretty sure that happens to you.

The picture. I’m out of new work. Really. So, I’m reworking some newer imagery. When I started playing with the picture that you are looking at, I didn’t have real clear intentions. I shipped directly to OnOne without even trying to work on it on my phone. That gave me a lot more options.

I worked this way and that. I didn’t like what I was seeing. Finally, I found some filters that allowed me to invert colors. From there I was off to the races. Some of the purple flowers are blue. Others are red. I have no idea how the AI function reads color, but it left me with the start of what you see here.

Even if you don’t like it, you have to admit that it’s something different. Real diferent.

Stay safe. Enjoy every sandwich.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

4 thoughts on “Gently Weeps

  1. You’re right, it is all on us. We do have to take care of each other and rebuild. I still have confidence in the spirit of many Americans to do so.
    It’s hard not to be political.


    1. Thanks for the pass on politics. I promised my readers that Storyteller would be about art and not politics. But, I’m influenced by the world.

      I think we can go much further than just rebuilding. Maybe it’s about time to get organized.


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