Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt

Let this image engage your muse. Write a paragraph, a short story, a poem, a memory, a journal entry…or whatever you feel inspired to create.

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5 Responses to “Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt”


  1. 1 Seasweetie July 5, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you, Sandy, for the visual inspiration. I wanted to share what it inspired in me:

    She found it under the I-40 overpass, on its side by a concrete post that had served as a pillow a few nights before. And she breathed a sigh of ease. Yes, life would be easier now. It was cold and while the trash bags had served their purpose as luggage and mattress, she could not carry them anymore, not this season. She was tired. Too tired. But it was okay now.

    She had a cart.

    She loaded it with clothes and treasures, colors and sounds, food and her own special form of currency. She pushed and pushed, gathered and grew, gathered and lost. Pushed and pushed.

    You would not think it possible to push as far and hard as she did. You would think someone would stop her, question her, hold her. But the cart gave her wings, and the wings made her fly, and flight made her invisible to the naked eye. So she pushed with her cart and her wings and finally, finally, she pushed her way out of the cold and out of the tired.

    Into the warm. The cart did not move as easily through the sand. The wheels sunk and pulled and slowed. She emptied the cart, treasure by treasure, load by load, until it was empty, but now, even empty, it was so very heavy. As if her wings had folded.

    She parked the cart for the last time. She stepped out of the only clothes she had left. She breathed for the first time in a long, long time. She watched the water wash gently around the ruins before her eyes.

    She walked into the endless cool of the sea.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse July 6, 2010 at 10:56 am

      This is beautiful, Seasweetie — I love it! You’ve created such a powerful story in a few brief paragraphs. The flight imagery is gorgeous, especially “…the cart gave her wings, and the wings made her fly, and flight made her invisible…” Also, “As if her wings had folded.” Poignant.

      Thanks so much for sharing this!

      ~Sandy

  2. 3 emjaycampbell July 8, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    My life à la carte:
    I can’t tell you about it—
    Try pushing; you’ll see.

    • 4 stranglingmymuse July 9, 2010 at 7:35 pm

      Great play on words, Matt — I love how much you convey in such a short piece, and how well it fits with the visual prompt (that cart would NOT be easy to push…) Thanks so much for sharing your creativity here!

      ~Sandy


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