Monday, 28 April 2014

Shades


(a prompt from Light and Shade Challenge using the following picture)



I wake, with slumber fogging up my  head
And turn to where your sleeping shadow lies
And stretch my arm across the half cold bed
And miss your eyes, and miss and miss your eyes

Coffee for one, and while the water drips
The light moves slyly and I watch entranced,
Upon the kitchen floor, a cruel eclipse,
The moving shadows of the waltz we danced

I need to clear my thoughts, and breathe fresh air
But in the garden there’s no solace found
In silhouette a summer’s kiss hangs there
Upon the fence, and in the past I’m drowned

The car was coming fast, too fast it sped
A thunderbolt, a kraken on the lane,
Then painted new in Rorschach-inkblot red
It left you there, unmade, in shaded rain

The future’s long and cold.  How can I last
So haunted by the shadows of the past?

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Light and Shade




Born from a late and lengthy conversation with my good friend Lyssa Medana the other day we've decided to start up a joint blog with the primary purpose of providing writing prompts for any and all who may be interested in linking up and sharing their work.

 I'd love it if you'd feel able to take a look and hopefully be inspired to contribute - our aim is to get two prompts up each week, one longer and one shorter piece, each based around a choice of either an image or a quotation (or any combination that pleases).

The new blog, Light and Shade Challenge, is HERE and our first prompts will go live on Sunday evening. It would be great to see you there, and please give us any feedback you can as to what you'd like to see there as it grows.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

The Gardener

(a prompt from Studio30Plus using the phrase "It Should Pounce" in 150 words or less)



"The thing about inspiration," Simon said, "is that it is not a tame thing.  You can’t force it, it should pounce on you unexpectedly,"

"From outside?"  I was bored with his nonsense and this dire little bar.  I wanted to get home and write, but I was suffering a bad case of writer's block

"Yeah," his eyes drifted to a woman sitting nearby, shabby and reading a paperback.  "Yeah..."  She looked up and met his gaze.  Her eyes narrowed.

She strode across the room and slapped him hard across the face.

"For the last time," she said, "I am not your muse!"

She stalked away.   I looked at the shocked expression on his face and at the blossoming painflower of red on his cheek.

Painflower I thought, A garden of painflowers raising their heads towards a dying sun.

"See you later," I  told Simon, "I'm away home."

Monday, 7 April 2014

Silence

(a prompt from Studio30Plus to simply address the 3rd 
dictionary definition of "Love" : sexual passion or desire)


It is too tame a word for summer lightning
And the high winds over the moors.
Just a word,
Too small to contain new lives and dreams
And whispered forbiddens shared in smiling seething night.
A single sound
Cannot within it bind the shattering of ease
And its glorious rebuilding.
It should burn
Not sit so simply on the tongue
Lazy and heavy like an easy thing.  It should pounce
And grasp
And bite
And hold so close and for so long
That worlds could rise and fall unseen
And do.