One Stormy Night

English: Lightning over St-Laurent River by a ...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cheeks damp with tears,
fears trapped
by husks of old memories;
her shoulders shook with each sob,
bringing her to exhaustion;
every corner of her heart, wounded;
bundles of nerves, raw;
she climbed into the familiar dark place
where bolts of lightning cannot reach,
yet the storm raged on.
Only ash remains.

P. Wanken


Inspired by The Sunday Whirl’s Prompt #75: damp, trapped, husk, shook, bring, corners, bundles, climbed, bolts, storm, remain, and ash. Also posted for Day 80 at “100 Days of Summer” — click here to go to their Facebook page.


    1. Brenda – sometimes a picture comes to me all at once when I read the word list and I use the words to describe it; other times bits and pieces of images flash with each word. During the latter, I have done two things. One option is to write independent lines for each word in the order given, and then I re-order the words (and their corresponding lines) into alpha order, tweaking where necessary. However, as was the case of this week’s list, I started with the first word (in the order you gave the early words) and wrote a line, building one onto the next until I reached the end. This one used two words in the last line, but you get the idea. Once I started, it all came in a matter of about 10 minutes. I haven’t been writing very long (less than 2 years) and I’m still amazed at the process I go through with each piece I write. Thank you, as always, for the words as inspiration. ❤ Paula


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