Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #30

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5 Responses to “Visual Inspiration—Photo Prompt #30”

  1. 1 Ashleah July 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    John grabbed onto the rope tightly as the ship was tossed back and forth on the rough waves. He had never seen a storm quite as bad as this one, but then, he was not a seasoned sailor yet.
    They were bound for a port in the Caribbean, and these waters were notorious for horrific storms. The wind howled around them and lightning struck the waves as the thunder roiled across the skies. The entire vessel groaned with the strain of staying afloat.
    John closed his eyes and prayed. His life flashed before his eyes..His childhood, spent at his mother’s home in Spain. He longed for the hot humid weather of home. He remembered his father, a mysterious man, and a virtual stranger to him.
    He remembered when he first saw his love, her dark hair shimmering in the sunlight. It was in his mother’s garden, the smell of Iris’s and roses was heavy in the air. She was a maid, but he had never loved a person more than she.When she got pregnant, he swore to marry her. His family did not approve, of course they wouldn’t. But if this shipment went well, he would be able to come home to his dear Maria and his child and take care of them both for the rest of their lives.
    A loud crack sounded in the air and suddenly the mast began to fall, ropes began to break, and John was ripped into the air as the ship began to shudder. The water was ice cold when he fell into it. He struggled to stay afloat as wave after wave crashed down on him. As he slowly sank into the deep, the scent of Iris’s and Roses beckoned him home.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse July 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

      Nice story, Ashleah — and so sad. Thanks for sharing it here!


    • 3 Andrew Gills August 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm

      Ooh I like it 🙂 Funny how both our characters are called home to the ocean. I read your story after writing my poem and then was struck by that similarity. And your character is from Spain while mine fights the Spanish. 🙂

  2. 4 Andrew Gills August 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    This image made me think of the recurring dreams I had as a child.


    There is a window in my dreams
    That opens to a far off place.
    A world of spray and ropes and men
    Of tides and soaring waves.

    I’m but a boy in a world of rogues
    A short and skinny pip.
    My shaggy hair is brown and wet
    My eyes a piercing blue.

    Warned of the dangers I had been
    Of pirates, whales and more.
    But the thought of adventure
    Tugged me ever forward.

    Before I grew a seaman’s legs
    I retched over the side.
    Those first few months at sea
    My hands did constant bleed.

    At first the Master’s whistle
    No sense to me it made.
    Until my nose with spray was blocked
    The galleon’s hold did stink.

    I climbed the rigging and carried shot
    The decks I did a swab.
    The Spaniard’s battles kept me tough
    On shore the ladies …

    Through the window of my dreams
    I died without a beard.
    The ocean called and took my soul
    Another life I had to lead.

    • 5 stranglingmymuse August 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Nice poem, Andrew! And I agree with you that the similarities between what you and Ashleah wrote in response to this picture are interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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