This painting is by Gabriel von Max
Thanks Jane . Definitely an interesting one.
Come out of the shadows:
You need the light more than I,
Blind as I am I can see you lurking,
Take the lamp if you dare
And see what I see.
Betrayal on the wind of change,
Something different and not understood,
These stone steps lead to my destiny,
Yet you will not come forth
To show me the way.
Are you afraid of the dark?
Or the horrors you imagine there,
Each lamp is a test for those who hide behind you,
Only four left,
This one is for you.
The branches at my feet lay beaten
Having drawn blood against my back
But I did not cry out.
Not for me to release the spirits
Entrusted within my soul.
But you and your followers tortured me,
So here I sit, with my lanterns aglow.
You are all doomed in this place,
Whilst I, like the flame,
Will rise to freedom, leaving you in the dark.