Shadow in the Sand, Ming Sha Shan, The Mountains of Singing, Sands, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, The People's Republic of China

Shadow ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #52

Meeting my shadow
Surprised me
Not for his darkness
Nor for his pain and scars

He is a shadow
That is his essence

It surprised me
That I admired him

For his perseverance
For his tenacity
For his will to exist
For his endurance

I realised

No matter how bright
The light in me burns
I am incomplete
Without my shadow

I realised

I only loved the half of me
If I could not love
The half of me
That is darkness

My gratitude is boundless
For the shadow who endured
The pain of this existence
So our light could shine

So brightly

Shadow in the Sand
Ming Sha Shan
The Mountains of Singing Sands
Gansu Province, The People’s Republic of China

Taken during travels, 1998

Last week we explored Guardians This week? Turn your torch on the Shadow, or find some other topic or theme in this photograph of my elongated shadow in the dunes of The Mountains of Singing Sands at Dunhaung, Gansu Province, China.

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: Guardians

Monolithic Sphinxes, Sandstone Rock Formation, Canyonlands National Park, Utah, United States of America
Challenge #51 ~ Guardians
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #50 was Guardians, along with this photograph of twin sandstone monoliths in Canyonlands National Park, Utah, USA.

Two standout responses this week. Thank you! =)

View all the Pic and a Word Challenges on the Pic and a Word Challenge tag page.