Such a deep and thought provoking write! Congrats on the win!
I love the images of the sadness, shadows and sketching.....how sometimes art is unable to capture the moment, capture the emotion we see with our eyes.....how vulnerable each of us is, so many feelings invoked with this one! Nicely done!
<A softness only pain can bring> this played out very well in my mind, and I can imagine how this must feel. The feelings you've employed are stupendous, and really a joy to read.
<A want to preserve
Just one small piece
Beyond this body> BEAUTIFUL! :) I loved that stanza. Something about it just sparked something inside me, and I felt like reading your poem twice. It's wonderful. Really, it is. :)