narrow channel, athabasca falls, athabasca river, jasper national park, alberta, canada

Rapid ~ Pic and a Word Challenge #169

A chasm in my spirit formed
Through which my rage and pain now roils
Channelled through such rugged gorge
It churns and gouges rocky walls
With ill effect upon my soul

I hold on tight
This tiny raft
Upon the raucous
Seething froth
Ride the fury
Through the pass
All the while
Seek inward calm

For only then
Will ire abate
The rapid’s run
Is fueled by hate
While narrow walls
Are blinders worn
To keep my mind
In raging state

So now a breath

And then one more

I breathe in deep
And close my eyes
To see a shore
Upon which gentle ripples lap

Breathe again and then again
Let the waters now subside
Beneath this sturdy hull
Which holds me safe
When in the grip
Of anger’s wrathful flood

After many calming breath
What once was torrid white rapine
Dwindles to a churlish stream
Which meanders while I breathe

Until with open eyes I find
My boat becalmed upon a breezy lake
Now I take up vessel’s oars
Serenely row for farther shores

Athabasca Falls
Athabasca River
Jasper National Park
Alberta, Canada

Taken during travels, 2017

Last week we crossed some Bridges. This week, let`s get Rapid or find something else to inspire you in this photograph of the rapids below the Athabasca Waterfall in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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.

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Last week’s challenge: Bridges
Athabasca Bridge, Athabasca River, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Challenge #168 ~ Bridges
The word for last week’s Pic and a Word Challenge #167 was Bridges, along with this this photograph of a pedestrian bridge spanning the Athabasca River rapids in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Seven bloggers crossed the Bridges this week. Thank you, everyone! ❤

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Happy Creating!