Burn ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #38

Sunrise at Sunset Point, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, United States of America
Sometimes, the fire
It burns too hot
Can’t douse the flames
Can’t put it out

I walk away
And let it burn
It follows me
Burns up the world

But if I stay
And let it burn
It burns away
The fuel it’s fed

I feed it hate
Feed it anger
I feed it fear
Feed it anguish

And so the fire
It feeds on me
Burns my weakness
Burns it away

Then it withers
The fuel all spent
Gone the anger
Gone the anguish

What’s left is me
My being fertile
Where there was fire
I now can grow

Sunrise at Sunset Point
Bryce Canyon National Park
Utah, United States of America

Taken during travels, 1996

A response to a challenge, within a challenge. I am delighted to realize that this post is a perfect response to Jennifer Nichole Wells‘ One Word Photo Challenge which, this week, happens also to be Burn! Yay!

Last week we explored the mystery… This week, let it burn!

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
  • 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’s challenge: Mystery

Dusk, Howe Sound, Britannia Beach, British Columbia, Canada
Challenge #37 ~ Mystery
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #37 was Mystery, along with this photograph of my beloved Howe Sound at dusk.

Four bloggers explored the mystery this past week (two of them featuring cats!). Thanks for your beautiful submissions! =)