This week I came across oddly enough from many different directions the idea of abandonment. For Friday Fictioneers January 24th challenge, Bjorne Rudberg offered the photo for the challenge (and I invite you to go and look at it, a true beauty) of a mountain farm situation which can be found throughout Europe and indeed the world…the land abandoned for urban affluence.
On January 25th Leanne Coles’ post entitled: Weekend Wanderings – Woomelang, Land Worth Saving was published. Leanne here caught the reality of a small Australian village that as so often happens, in time, is being abandoned as people move on where they can make an easier living.
I often find photos I’d like to use for either a story or poem, but I always feel a little shy asking. In this post though there is a photo of an old church in disuse that particularly interested me, and I mentioned it to Leanne, who has given me the permission to use it.
Churches are symbols, whether someone is a follower of a religion or not, of belief, of hope and transcendence…a temple of course would have done…like Angkor Wat :-) .
I could imagine the congregation a few decades in the past, gathered of a Sunday morning singing hymns, dressed in their special Sunday clothes. Perhaps flowers on the alter and a children’s choir. This morning, following Kerouac’s suggestion, I wrote an “off the top of my head” poem inspired by this church…and a friend :-)
leaning and swaying a bit.
In need of a mending…
yes, a bit dilapidated
in ruin and corrugated.
a symbol of belief,
in a distant youth
song and pomp!
Now just memories
in need of a
or a conversion.
Some bright new idea,
would lend new energy
and purposeful meaning
to your life.
Here’s to you, my friend
your 72nd year
Prompt: What I’m looking for this week is a photo ( from your phone or camera will do), or perhaps a poetic image (maybe even a bit of flash fiction) or drawing, of an “abandoned past”… an old house, a ghost town, maybe a bicycle on a curb, or some object that attracts your eye as being worth while saving like a wooden cradle. In a word show me something worth saving.
P.S. if you should wish to use Leanne’s photo, please be sure to leave proper attribution by providing a link to her page and not only here to Pixelventures… thanks!
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