This week’s prompt for Sue Vincent’s #writephoto challenge is yet another gorgeous photo. Here is my response:
‘I’ve always loved this time of day’, she said,
Her hair shaded purple in the fading light.
Her heart distant as the hillside across the water,
Indifferent as the rising moon.
‘I love the way it makes me feel’, she said,
‘As though my heart were breaking
Bittersweet, melancholy, wouldn’t you agree?’
All I could do was nod, silent,
My heart breaking with hers
‘Will you be going soon?’ she said.
Words stark, pointed, like branches traced black
Against the setting sun. I nodded once more,
Leaving my heart under purpling sky,
Under darkened eaves, with her.
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That is so sad! Quiet and understated but absolutely heart-breaking. We don’t need to know who the protagonists are or why there is a separation. It’s all in the emotion.
Thanks, Jane. It just felt like there was a lot of emotion in the picture. Perhaps it was all the purple. Sue’s very good at capturing stories in her images, I think.
I think you’re right about the purple. It gives the scene a strange atmosphere. Not just melancholy, but rather brooding.
Yes, it’s almost unnatural.
There’s so much emotion in this. Beautifully written.
Thanks so much, Miriam. There’s something about that purple sky that seems so melancholy 😊
Gorgeous piece, Helen.
Thanks, Ali xx
Although there are many fabulous entries, I think I like your entry the best of all. I like the its mystery and compact writing.
Thanks so much, Bernadette – that’s so kind of you to say. There were some fabulous entries this week, I agree 😊
Beautiful, Helen…and so very sad. Heartbreak is not a florid emotion…it is felt in fragments and you have captured that feeling.
Thanks, Sue. It wouldn’t have happened without your lovely image – something about that purple sky is so wonderfully melancholy. Glad you liked my response 🙂
The colours that morning were amazing…too beautiful not to go out before the sun 🙂
Oh so this is sunrise, not sunset? There you go. That changes the feel of the image…
Yes, a winter sunrise… odd, isn’t it, how knowing that can change the perception? xx
It really is 🙂
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Beautiful, Helen 💜
Thank you 🙂
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Such a riveting piece, Helen! Beautiful. KL ❤
Thanks so much KL, really lovely of you to say xx
mysterious and disturbingly depressing…well done
Thanks, Pamela – it was a bit sad, I think it was all the purple in the photograph that inspired me.