Somber ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #34

Grey Coastline, Pacific Coast Highway, Oregon, United States of America
A somber shore
Caught in an endless grey sky
Descended down to the sea
Held there by whisperless calm

I hear the roil of white noise
Waves crashing through the broken rock
Source obscured and muffled by darkened boughs
Clinging thickly to rising land

Thoughts wander here
To other times
To other lands

Times lived
And not yet lived
Lands seen
And not yet seen

All the many shades of grey
Make this a place
Which invites me
To other places

Grey Coast
Pacific Coast Highway
Oregon, United States of America

Taken during travels, 2009

A challenge responding to a challenge: this post is also a response to this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, Abstract.

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, for the love of compassion… This week, find the beauty in somber tones.

Last week’s challenge: Compassion

Stupa, Sukhothai, Ancient Capitol of Siam, Thailand
Challenge #33: Compassion
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #33 was Compassion, along with this photograph of a Buddhist stupa on the grounds of Sukhothai, an ancient capitol of Siam, now known as Thailand.

Three bloggers explored their compassion this week. Thanks for your submissions! =)