metal pealing against cobblestones
in a chiming of bells
as dreamlike figures ghost by
a cavalcade of spirits
messengers from the past
bearing warning from a time of
division and strife
for those who care to listen
This week’s photo was taken at an English Civil War reenactment in my home town of Newark-on-Trent a year or so ago. The figures on horseback were the messengers from the parliamentary forces who carried the terms of surrender for the royalist town. If you’d like to see more pictures from the event, you can check out my post about it here. If you’d like to learn more about the history behind the event, check out my mum, Millie Thom’s, post on it here.
you have two options
or so they tell you
or door two
two ways to enter their boxes
four walls constructed from
preconceptions and stereotypes
to enter four walls
designed to hold you bound
in their lies
or you could simply choose to
keep on walking
the flame sways
in meditative radiance
remembering days filled with laughter amidst
autumnal golds and browns
breathing air thick with scents of
damp earth and ripe berries and rotting plants
a small hand held
within age-gnarled fingers
frog wellies stomping through
days now circled beneath the wheel
gone but not forgotten
as the flame sways
This post is for the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. This week’s theme is Rounded.
I’ve actually had these pictures on my computer for a while now. I was just wondering what to do with them when I spotted this week’s WPC. I thought they’d fit the theme perfectly.
sticky tendrils dragging ever deeper
into the depths of
fear and hate and hopelessness
desolation clinging with tar-like viscosity
but don’t give up
glimpse the light that lies ahead
encompassing hope of better times to come
leave the darkness behind
and embrace the future’s bright promise
don’t give up
never give up
This week’s photo was taken at Southwell Workhouse a few weeks ago.
The Victorian workhouses were places designed to help the poorest members of society, giving them a roof over their heads, clothes, food and work, but they were also intended to be harsh, unpleasant places in order to deter all but the very poorest from applying for help. The able bloodied men and women who lived within the Workhouses were labelled as being ‘idle and profligate’, as they were unable to support themselves without aid. The cause of their hardship, however, was actually more often a simple lack of available work, but that fact didn’t prevent hem from being stigmatized.
If you’d like to know more about Southwell Workhouse, and workhouses in general, you can check out my mum’s (Millie Thom’s) post about the place here.
as the new day begins
haloed by the rising sun her
laughter echoing as
golden rays dance over cloudtops
ribbons unfurling in joyous celebration
of harvests safely gathered
I hadn’t even realised I’d taken these dawn shots on the Autumn Equinox until I was sorting through my pictures for the Changing Seasons post and spotted the date on the folder. I was already thinking about using them for a post; this discovery just made their use a certainty.
decorating the land
in daubs of gold
finger paints wildly applied
joy articulated with a
whilst leaves crunch
During September, the signs of autumn have become increasingly rife in the meadow and in the wooded area beside the stream. The first leaves have begun to turn, shades of golden brown decorating the treetops, whilst fruits and berries have swollen in colourful array. Toadstools carpet the ground underfoot. But summer has continued to linger in the final blush of flowers scattered amongst the damp grasses – purple clover, and the vivid yellows of dandelion and hawksbeard – whilst many trees are yet to shift out of their summer garb, clinging to the green as long as they are able.
This post is for Cardinal Guzman’s Changing Seasons monthly photo challenge. To see how the meadow, wooded area and stream have appeared at other times of the year, please check out the Changing Seasons category at the top of the page.
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