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Here is another Caravaggio for inspiration, “Salome with the Head of John the Baptiste.” In this painting, Salome holds a plate with John the Baptist’s head – something she requested, while the executioner and a maid look on.


It almost looks like the maid is growing out of Salome’s neck, like Salome is quickly losing her youth as she accepts the severed head. The juxtaposition of youth and old age, in what almost seems to be a transition, is striking. Is this a metaphor for loss of innocence?

How can opposites be drawn in micro fiction to indicate something deeper? When using this kind of imagery, how do you deliberately craft a layer that can be peeled back to reveal meaning?