Shadow ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #125

Shadows in the Station, Random Station Platform, Delhi to Agra Express Train, Uttar Pradesh, India
He stood apart
A shadow in time

Cast by the weak glow
Of a wan sun
Frustrated by the dull grey
Of the everyday

He stood apart
Waiting for trains

For the one
Which never arrived on time
And for the one
Which would never arrive

A little After Sunrise
Random train station
From the Delhi to Agra train
Uttar Pradesh, India

Taken during travels, 2017

This was no morning mist or fog which dogged the sun, but literally the dull grey of the every day in Northern India, for the entire month I spent there. The air smelled a little of campfire smoke. Appropriate since it was cooking and heating fires (typically using cow dung for fuel) along with seasonal agricultural burn-back which filled the air with the pall of smoke.

Taken from the Delhi to Agra Express as it hurtled through the station. So,
a shadow in time in that sense, as well.

Last week we sought out Wisdom. This week, let’s explore our Shadow. Or find something else to inspire your creativity in this photograph of people waiting on a train platform, taken as I passed through on the Delhi to Agra train.

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
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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: Wisdom
Broom & Detritus, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Challenge #124 ~ Wisdom

The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #124 was Wisdom, along with this photograph of multiple layers of wisdoms painted on a wall in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Six bloggers shared their Wisdom this week. Thanks everyone! =)

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