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Free Write Friday #19: Image Prompt

on February 15, 2013


Welcome back to FWF. If you are new here, feel free to read the intro. Otherwise, let’s get started.

Here is your prompt…

Credit: Richard Baxter

Credit: Richard Baxter

Here is my contribution. . .

After the Storm. . .

Like a memory
The home place
Was swept away
In an instant
A flash
Without warning
In a dash

Gone but not without hope

The structure
The windows, doors
No more
Boards mere splinters
A roof without a floor

Yet still a feeling of hope

While no material
Will soon
Be left to see
I still have you
You still have me

There indeed lies hope

We can rebuild
Start anew
The image will fade
But we hold hands
In our old age

 ©2013 catnipoflife
Sharla Lee Shults

Now, as usual, I am off to see what others have contributed. Come back later to check out the links to some excellent, creative writers!

Books & Art – Spirit & Soul – Lesley Fletcher says:

terry1954 says:

19 responses to “Free Write Friday #19: Image Prompt

  1. Teepee12 says:

    Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.

  2. Catnipoflife — cool poem — full of emotion yet promise of the future.

  3. lgyslaine says:

    very nice, i loved 🙂

  4. This is lovely Sharla. Holding on to old dreams not shattered ones is what it says to me.

    • catnipoflife says:

      This one hit me because of a personal experience. It was not by storm, but fire. My grandparents home place burned to the ground many, many years ago. I wrote about it in my book *Remembering*. Here are the last two verses:

      The ground upon which our house stood

      Was solid ground; not mud or sand.

      Unfaltering faith with desire to start anew

      Confirmed a firm foundation: We still had the land.

      Papa and Mama knew what lay ahead,

      Rebuilding, renewing, repairing were in the plan.

      Yet, standing together hand-in-hand in prayer

      Papa considered himself a very rich man.

      On Sat, Feb 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM, catnipoflife

  5. A.B. Thomas says:

    Cool piece, loved the resiliance aspect from the total destruction

    • catnipoflife says:

      Thank you so much for your comments! They are deeply and graciously appreciated 🙂 I always find Kellie’s free write quite a challenge. Sometimes I am pleased with my results, other times I feel I am missing depth but I suppose that is a true experience for all us writers!

  6. Ruby says:

    Love, love, love! That’s an excellent piece of writing, you definitely got me inspired!

  7. I love the positive, holding-on-to-hope message in this one, Sharla!

  8. Mark says:

    Love the hopeful ending, Sharla. The ‘things’ of this world will never truly make us happy. Great read!

  9. seanbidd says:

    Your poem resonates here, post floods of 2011 and 2013, rebuilding lives after deluges swept all that lay in their path… Beautiful write Sharla…

  10. Beautiful writing! I loved the hope in the end and truly appreciate it! Blessings!

  11. Colline says:

    A beautiful sentiment.

  12. Raani York says:

    Amazing!! I soooooo love your poems!

  13. heidi says:

    Lovely poem…what a nice response to the prompt.

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