Fleeting ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #98

Old Man at Station, New Delhi to Agra Express Train, Uttar Pradesh, India
The express train rumbles through
town after town
station after station

Fleeting moments
in the picture of India
forming in my mind

out of the corner of my eye
stopped in time


Imperfect brush strokes
on a moving canvas

Image emergent
A picture from a moving train

But what do I know
of India
any more than I know
of one old man
barely framed
in a moment
nearly missed

the image

New Delhi to Agra
Express Train
Uttar Pradesh, India

Taken during travels, 2017

Last week we flowed with the Current, or swam upstream. This week? Let’s grasp at the fleeting moments of life. Or find something else to inspire your creativity in this photograph of an old man standing at some unknown rail station I passed through at speed in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Pic and a Word Challenge is a weekly creativity prompt offered Sundays.

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: Current
Ganges Current, Laxman Jhula Bridge, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
Challenge #97 ~ Current
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #97 was Current, along with this photograph of bicycle rickshaw drivers waiting for fares at a busy New Delhi metro station in India.

The Current flowed rapidly this week with 7 bloggers taking the challenge. Thanks everyone! =)

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