The Art Challenge #20 ...Of He and She...steemCreated with Sketch.

in artchallenge •  7 months ago

The She and the He are within us all.

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She is....
The dream, the imagination, the unconscious desire,
The exquisite beauty of soul,
The birthright of innocence,
The playful,
The peaceful,
The receiver,
The answer,
The naked truth of life's energy.

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He is...
The will,
The decision maker,
The impossible made possible,
The readiness,
The action,
The question,
The choices we make every day.
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She lies in rapture on the red rug of bodily form.
With this red He creates the reason to appear,
He manifests the breaching of the deep unconscious waters,
He springs forth,
While She closes her eyes in pleasure.
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Together they exist but in one moment.
One moment that plays out for all eternity.

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oh gosh!

Aha! I see what you did there ;) I can't believe my mind didn't go there when I first saw the image, but now I can't get it out of my head! I imagine this being spoken with hush tones, like those 80s arthouse stuff. The words are striking and straight to the point. Those last lines of the second to the last stanza ooft! Absolutely splendid!

It's funny how the price for this art challenge is significantly less than what I offer for my own contest, yet the participation is so high haha! This has my vote, and I wish you the best of luck in nabbing the grand prize, my friend :D


Haha! Thank you, I'm glad you like. :) I love the idea of it being spoken in hushed 80s arthouse style tones!

You know I was thinking about your challenge. It really does seem crazy that there are not more people entering. I guess sometimes on Steemit things fall through the cracks a little bit.

I have noticed that the contests that are popular often ask you to resteem the original post, and create a new post of your own as part of the rules. Perhaps this is what helps them to gain traction?


Maybe it's my name haha! I've seen others getting a lot of readers, but when it comes to me there doesn't seem to be a lot. I'm getting used to it, but hence the insecurities I've told you about :)

This doesn't only happen on Steemit, even in real life I seem to just skate by undetected, which is great whenever I do espionage or smash-and-grabs.

Hmm.. it could be, but those usually get some comments in there too. I don't want to force follows or resteems that's why I took it off the rules. Perhaps the rules are quite confusing? Did you have trouble when you first read it?


Definitely not the name... well, I think your username is very cool anyway.

Makes me think of a jedi!

Yeah I know what you mean about asking for resteems etc. You could offer it as an option though?

Hmmm did I have trouble when I first read it...? I did read through your post, I think, 2-3 times to fully understand the rules of the competition.

It is actually a very simple contest though when you understand it.

Right, I actually love to analyse things, so seeings as you've asked....! I've just had another look at your contest details page.

When I was studying copywriting, we were told about these studies that showed when people read online, 9 times out of 10 they will first skim read a post. If something hooks them or draws them in, they will then go back to the beginning and properly read it. Otherwise, they will pass it by.

So in order to get people to take action, you need to make things as clear and as simple as possible in those first few seconds of reading.

And by 'clear and simple' I mean the level at which an 8 year old could understand it... !

So your contest page is very well written and very engaging as an article. When it is read properly, it is clear what to do. But only if someone takes the time to stop and read it properly... On first skim read (the first few seconds of glancing through), it is perhaps not obvious that there's a contest to join now, or what the rules are.

I think on my first skim read, I thought you were proposing a project for the future, that would involve a contest...

Visual flow really helps with making things clear on first read. So breaking up the paragraphs in to short, medium and long sections and mixing these up really helps.

So when you look at the page, it isn't blocks of words... the pattern is more in and out and in and out with the sentences... does that make sense?

People skim over blocks of paragraphs a lot!

So yes, clarity is the thing. And very, very clear instructions.

So perhaps, for your contest rules, creating sections may have helped...

Big heading - This is a contest starting now - every one welcome!!

What you can win.

Instructions... and then bullet points of step by step instructions.

Other Details (like what a koan is)

Something like that!

And then at the end of each daily koan post, rewrite the instructions in bullet points again - and what people can win. So the instructions are the last thing people read before reaching the comments section. Again - think of the way you would instruct a child!!

So yes, sorry for the essay!! But yes, I think perhaps going for a very simple and clear layout (easy for an 8 year old to understand) would increase participation.

Of course... these are just my thoughts.... feel free to disregard them haha!!


Oh wow!! This is very helpful!! Thanks for taking the time to outline this! :D I'll take all of these under consideration for when I write the updated rules! I really do hope that increases participation.

I did say that resteems are encouraged to increase the payout, didn't I? I remember including that. Also, I link to the contest details at the very beginning, thinking of the very same thing. Would placing it at the end really make a difference? I'm out all weekend, so I've already scheduled some of the next ones. I might be able to squeeze in the changes when I get back.

What I meant about my name being a repellent, is my posts (and most everything I do) aren't really huge draws. Not many people read, so it's not a matter of keeping people's attention, rather it's about getting them to the door. I've always had trouble with that. Back when I was a child, I was very anti-social, little did I know that I was an extreme introvert. So, when I grew older, I really tried to open up and become very social. Well, as you can read from the posts I linked to you, that turned out with mixed results.

Jedi Master is what people often tease me back in school haha! I had a very sharp memory, so I easily faked being somewhat pretty good with academics haha!


Aw well I'm glad it's helpful... I was a bit concerned that I may have overstepped the mark with that huge dissertation!

I was going to say that you could, kind of, shout a bit louder with your contest. The link to the contest at the top of your posts is quite small.... But the thing is, I guess, you've gotta write how you want to write. That's part of the whole 'identity' thing that you talked about in your post. And at the end of the day, I think this is more important than anything else.

I don't remember seeing the part about resteeming, but that's probably just my memory not being jedi-like!

I love what you're doing and how you do it, just as it is!


In any case, it's their loss. I'm giving away free SBD and it's up to them whether to take it or not. Writing the revised rules as we speak! :)

Wow. Just read your interpretation out of curiosity and had the good surprise to read "The She and the He are within us all".
Not much people would agree with that.
I like the poetry you write then.


Thank you, I'm so glad you like it! :)

Great interpretation, you are so talented. Wish you the best in the contest


Thank you, very kind of you!

So creative! You have quite an imaginative side to yourself which is such an amazing quality. :D


Thanks very much! :)

Very good. Up-voted