An atmosphere I choose
An atmosphere within which
All events occur
And through which
All events are perceived
It is the atmosphere
Of life itself
An atmosphere I create
Which flows all around me
Which I breathe in
Which I express, with every breath
And every action
That atmosphere is as much
A manifestation of me
As the body
My spirit inhabits
British Columbia, Canada, 2014
I’ve been blogging since 1995, when I began posting the photographs and writings from my travels as my “eJournal” (no one could agree on what to call ‘online diaries’ at the time — the word “blog” wouldn’t be coined for a few more years) … I’ve started several other blogs since then, with a variety of themes. These all lie dormant now. I just couldn’t sustain the words they called for.
But something about this format of bringing words to my own photographs has really sparked my creativity — not to mention transformed me into a poet. In the 366 days since I began this blog I have posted 659 poems, short stories and essays. That’s an average of nearly 2 posts per day. Of these, 577 are poems.
It has been quite a satisfying year. And I’d like to thank you all, my readers and visitors, for reading, for commenting, for following. I am in your debt; I’m not sure I could have sustained this without such an enthusiastic and generous audience.
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.
- 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:
- Add a comment on this post to announce your response
- Apply the tag “Pic and a Word Challenge” to your post
Last week longevity… This week, let’s create some atmosphere.