Hello, dear wordsmiths. What’s inspiring you lately?
Last month the photography group I belong to on Facebook had Sunsets as one of the monthly themes. What astonishingly beautiful photos were shared! They lifted everyone’s spirits, as I think the beauty of nature always does.
Here is one of mine. We have such wonderful skies where I live that it would be hard to take a bad photo of them. (And, though some other members’ shots were even more spectacular, I don’t have to ask anyone else’s permission to share this one.)
Photo © Rosemary Nissen-Wade 2016
I wonder what thoughts and feelings a beautiful sunset inspires in you? A memory? A journey? A fiction? The coming of dreams? (If you're sweltering in the Northern Hemisphere, perhaps you are wishing the sun would set on all the excess heat and rise cooler tomorrow – whereas in Australia we are shivering in unusual cold and wishing the opposite.)
The optional prompt this week is to share whatever sunset may inspire in you.
Or else, please feel free to write on whatever other topic you like.
Link (below) to your post of prose or poetry, old or new, classical or experimental or anything in-between – one post per person. Please keep prose to 369 words maximum (excluding title).
The prompt will be open all week. Do have look at others’ responses, leave a comment, and don’t forget to come back towards the end of the week so as not to miss any late linkers. We welcome any comments you’d like to make here, too.
Next week, Magaly will invite us to create poetry or prose inspired by the following phrase: “to stay creative, is to stay happy and alive.”
When I wrote this post I didn't know that our dear Beverley Crawford would have gone into the sunset by the time it appears. I have now learned that she passed away very early on July 15th, peacefully in her sleep. (Some of you may know this news already, as our Helen linked a rhyming post in tribute to her last week – but it came in on Tuesday, so you may have missed that.) Bev went into care a little while ago, after which she didn't keep up her blog but did still post to facebook and sounded positive and happy as always. I have left the following message on her facebook page on behalf of us all – and of course you may add your own personal messages there if you wish, and were among her fb friends:Her friends at Poets and Storytellers United are so sad to learn that our lovely, joyous friend Bev has passed away – though glad to learn it happened peacefully in her sleep. Her poetry was always a delight, and so was she. She was much loved and will be missed. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.
Off to the Moon
If only Bev had stayed a little longer! But perhaps she knows anyway. She and many others who contribute to P&SU have also played at dVerse, and had poems in the dVerse anthology Chiaroscuro. Samuel Peralta, whom many of us know as a poet/editor/publisher/scientist active online over the years, has arranged for this anthology to go into a time capsule for the moon, and asks those in it (including me and a number of you) to spread the word to contributors he hasn't been able to reach.