Withering ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #54

Stone and Wood and Time, Kata Tjuta, The Olgas, Northern Territory, Australia
Look at you!
Said the stone
Sun has had his way
Now you are naught
But gray
And withering
While I?
Sun has burnished me
Patinaed stone
Bright red, you see

Aye! Look at me!
Replied the wood
Sun has taken
Leafy green
And soft white bark
He made me old
And lifeless, stark

But long ago
I spread my seed
Upon this earth
And when rains came
My children grew

For water is
Your withering
Depleting you
It nurtures me
And though I’ve died
I’ve left my flock
Who feed on earth
Which, once, was rock!

Stone and Wood and Time
Kata Tjuta
(The Olgas)
Northern Territory, Australia

Taken during travels, 1994

Last week we felt Blue This week? Discover the beauty of Withering, or find some other topic or theme in this photograph of withered wood and rock at Kata Tjuta in Australia’s Red Centre, the Northern Territory.

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

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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: Blue
Deep Blue Sunset, Point Imperial, North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States of America
Challenge #53 ~ Blue
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #52 was Blue, along with this photograph of a dead tree and the weathered stone of Kata Tjuta in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Just one glorious Blue this week. Thank you CJ! =)
(And a late edition from Jennifer, too. 😉 )

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