Pic and a Word Challenge #8 ~ Desert

Challenge #8: Desert
In the desert
Where only death
And the earth
Linger long

In the desert
I strip myself
Bare of conceit
Bare of ego

In the desert
I find myself
What is not me
Slips away

In the desert
I become the earth
I become
The desert

In the desert
Where even death
Is beautiful
I am reborn

Monument Valley Navajo Park
Utah, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1996

The Pic and a Word Challenge is a weekly creativity prompt offered Sunday mornings.

Each week I provide a photograph of mine along with a single word. The challenge? Use the pic and/or word as points of inspiration to create something — a photograph, a painting, prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, longread or just a few words. You are welcome to use these two elements (photograph and word) literally, thematically or metaphorically. If you create both images and words, all the better.

To participate:

  • You may use any title you like.
  • Your response can be words and/or an image
  • You may use my image in your post, or any image that you have created.
  • Place the challenge’s Pic (If you use it for inspiration) and Word prominently in your post
  • Mention that you are responding to the Pic and a Word Challenge
  • Add a link to this post in your response

To help us find your response, you can also:

Each week, I’ll list the previous week’s responses at the end of the new challenge. I may also share some on my social media: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, etc.

Have a great week!

Last week’s challenge: Footprints
Pic and a Word Challenge #7: Footprints

The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #7 was Footprints, along with this photograph of the desert sand dunes of Ming Sha Shan, in China.

Three great responses this week. Thanks everyone!: