amidst a landscape gilded
the youthful dreamer
suspended in a fragile
web of hope
sit amidst the
long grass and watch the rising sun
lovingly caress the meadow
golden rays revealing
the innocence of daisies as they sway
to a light morning breeze
breathe deep the
blissful quietude and embrace the
awakening of your soul
These pictures were all taken at the meadow in my old village last month. I might not live there any more, but I just couldn’t stay away. Hopefully I’ll manage to get there again sometime soon. Unfortunately, getting there for a dawn photo shoot now includes a half hour drive, rather than simply a stroll around the corner!
I’m joining in with Camp NaNoWriMo again this July, which means my blogging is going to be taking second place to working on my novel for a little while. I have got a few photography and poetry posts (like this one) sat in my drafts folder, so hopefully I’ll be able to keep things going on the blog for a little while, even if I have no little stories to share.
In case you’re interested, the novel I’m working on is the same one I began last November’s NaNo. I’m hoping to get it to a point where it’s actually a coherent whole – which, as I don’t generally write in a chronological order, but rather leap around the story wherever my imagination cares to lead me – can be quite a feat! The novel is a young adult, otherworld steampunk fantasy, and, while it doesn’t really yet have a title, here is the initial blurb:
Centuries ago, the Kennithi-born mages ruled the world with an iron grip, their magic giving them the strength to subjugate any and all lesser races. Their reign only ended when the Order of the Veil learned how to bind their powers.
The world moved on, with science and steam-driven technology taking the place of magic. Marked by the silver web of magic frozen in their veins, the Kennithi became the downtrodden people – feared and despised. Their only protectors became the very Order that kept them chained.
But everything changes when an inventor, experimenting with electricity, accidentally sets free his Kennithi assistant…
With any luck, I might even manage to complete it sometime this year!
Waiting for the Light
Tamrir huddled in the darkness, willing the minutes to slow their passage as he awaited the coming dawn. His sister’s weight pressed reassuringly against his side, and he hugged her close.
The night had been long. Ridiculously so.
“Is it time yet?”
He started, not having realised Ameyi was awake. “Nearly,” he said. “See how the sky’s getting lighter. The sun will be here soon.”
“Do you think it’ll have worked, Tammy?”
A wry smile twisted his lips. “I suppose we’ll know, soon enough.”
He wanted to reassure her, to tell her everything would be fine, but that wasn’t the truth. And they’d made a promise to always be truthful with each other.
“I know. Me too,” he said.
The light was growing steadily brighter. Soon they’d find out, one way or another, whether the injected serum had healed them of their vampiric disease. If it hadn’t…
At least the rising sun would be a beautiful sight, even if it was the last thing they’d ever see.
Word count: 175
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This post is for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers challenge. This week’s prompt was provided by Footy and Foodie. Thank you!
to greet the dawning sun
gathering armfuls of pure
to crown the summer king
the Lord of the Hunt
proud and virile
mighty sunbeams amidst oak leaves
watch as he takes his place
beside the queen
the Lady of the Meadows
bedecked in flowers
her belly swelling with future’s hope
with nature’s turning wheel as you
light the flame
of creative passions
as the long day
For the first time since moving into my new house, I went out for a dawn walk this morning. It was the summer solstice – how could I not?! Though it wasn’t particularly pleasant to drag myself out of bed at 4am, in the end I was very glad I did as it was a beautiful morning. I was going to save the pictures I took for a later date and simply post my usual Wordless Wednesday today, but as I also wrote the poem whilst I was out and about so I thought I may as well share them all with you now.
Here are a few more pictures:
I hope you like them.
rose tinted sunlight
lifting the land’s misty veil
romance fills the air