Copyright 2009

“What’s mine is yours,
what’s yours is mine”

We have coexisted for longer
than we can remember

We were once a forest of saplings
near the shore of the red river, now
we perch above the bank
that tickles our exposed roots

The others uprooted by strong elements
fell and were washed away into the stream
that has become a wider and deeper
river of sediment and flotsam

Heavy rains and repeated floods
redistribute the silt laden clay
runoff that once held our
lateral tethers of stability

Presently an enmeshed jumble of
slender fingers and toes breathing
and absorbing sustenance when
opportunity knocks on our wood

“Yesterday, you found inspiration in one word and used it as a springboard for a post idea. Images — including photographs and works of art — can also act as starting points for stories, essays, poems, and personal musings. For this exercise, use one of the images above as the creative spark for today’s post. You might use it as the setting for a story or poem, write about how it makes you feel, or describe the memory it conjures.”


Of course, I didn’t use one of the supplied images. Why do it the easy way? I had to look through my photo library for the image I had in my head. I knew it was there. I saw it when I took the photo and I remembered it like an old essay paper. Familiar topic, but vague in the details. I couldn’t remember the exact content, but I knew it when I saw it again. Trees, nature, riverbed of shale. Thank goodness, I finally found it. I was starting to think it was from one of my dreams.



6 thoughts on “Everyday Inspiration: Day Four: A Story in a Single Image

Any thoughts on the above post are appreciated! Otherwise, I think I must be living under a rock.

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