Forbidden ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #68

Forbidden Places, Tantalus Mountain Range, Sea to Sky Highway, British Columbia, Canada
I sidle up
To places forbidden
Marvel and wonder
So much grander
More formidable
Than I

The places
The people
Who challenge them
Whether they succeed
Or fail

I take a step closer

And sometimes
No more than that
Is necessary
To take another step
To test the forbidden

Then rediscover
Places seem forbidden
Only to those
Who believe themselves


Forbidding Place
Tantalus Mountain Range
Tantalus Lookout
Sea to Sky Highway
Just north of Squamish
British Columbia, Canada


Last week we explored Geometry…. This week? Let’s delve into the Forbidden, or find something else to inspire your creativity in this photograph of a razorback ridge in British Columbia, Canada’s Tantalus Mountain Range.

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 — whether on WordPress, Instagram, Flicker, Tumblr, etc. — you can also:

  • Add a comment on this post to announce your response
  • Apply the tag/hashtag “Pic and a Word Challenge” or “#picandawordchallenge to your post

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: Geometry
Geometry, Morrocan-inspired Lattice Screen Wall and Light
Challenge #67 ~ Geometry
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #67 was Geometry, along with this photograph of a Moroccan-inspired lattice wall screen.

Three geometric explorations this week. Thanks everyone! =)

View all the Pic and a Word Challenges, including the current challenge, on the Pic and a Word Challenge tag page.