Rust ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #22

Rusted Chevy, Route 66, Joplin, Missouri, United States of America
Time seems so merciless
And malicious

Until I look again
And see the beauty
In the dilapidated
The strength
In the distressed
The resilience
In the rusted

And so I learn, again
Time is a never-ending series
Of transitions
With beauty and value
In every state
And in every transition

Rusted Chevy
Route 66
Missouri, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1997

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:

  • Use any title you like
  • Your response can be words and/or an image
  • Better if the words are your own
  • You may use my image in your post, or any image 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.

Last week we stood on the edge of a cliff… This week, let’s explore rust, in all its beauty.

Last week’s challenge: Precipice
Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon, Utah, United States of America
Challenge #21: Precipice

The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #21 was Precipice, along with this photograph of a Glen Canyon at sunset in Utah.

Four precipitous posts in the last week. Thanks everyone! This week, have fun finding the beauty in rust, or the ugliness, or the mundane.