Dancing Echoes

Beats Stumbling Around in Silence

Desert Spring



My greatest fear is to be numb
Thoughts thrombosed
Connections severed

Ambivalence the enemy
Brought about by memories
Too painful to bear

A search for that spark of creativity
To crawl out of that dark place
Find inspiration that releases me

To spring forth like flowing water
Quenching a desert of imagination
Realization that the pain is a tool

And to feel is a gift

I wrote the beginnings of the first 6 lines a few weeks ago. I was struggling with how to express how I was feeling. Words were not coming easily. Ideas for photos were not coming easily. Jennifer Nicole Wells challenge of Spring was coming up and second 6 lines began to take shape but I was still not completely happy with them. I didn’t have a clue about a photo. I was hitting a wall -one of the things I fear the most.  I thought maybe I needed to take a break from blogging. Then Patrick posted the wonderful tribute, Halls of Madness about a friend. It stopped me in my tracks. No one is forcing me to be numb. My wall is self imposed, my fear a self fulfilling prophecy only if I let it be one. While I can’t say I can relate to the depth of despair his friend was feeling, I can say I understand her final choice. This post was the attitude adjustment/kick in the ass perspective I needed so badly. Then Patrick’s prompt of Desert for today’s challenge in direct contrast to Spring was the final inspiration to finishing. I joined this blogging community to express myself but equally to learn and be inspired by other talented writers/photographers. I am so lucky and grateful for having this exceptional, creative community in my life.

In response to Jennifer Nicole Wells One Word Photo Challenge: Spring and
Patrick Jennings Pic and a Word Challenge #8: Desert

Author: Dancing Echoes

I am a scientist by trade and artist by soul. My creative outlet used to be dancing but due to injuries and age, I must now find another path. I am hoping my writing, poetry and photography can be this new path. Awards: While I am grateful and honored for the numerous nominations, I don’t have time to respond to them with the attention they deserve, so for the most part, I am an award free blog. All photographs and words are mine unless otherwise credited. © 2015-2023 Dancing Echoes ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author/owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Christy Draper with appropriate and specific direction to the original content on Dancing Echoes.

14 thoughts on “Desert Spring

  1. Thank you. I’m trying.

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  2. To begin: there is perhaps little more inspiring to a writer than to learn their words have inspired another. Then there is the matter of the quality of the words inspired, and these are wonderfully insightful, raw, and naked. Thank you for them.

    And then, there is the spring, which struck me first as a ‘mortal coil’… which of course brings to mind this passage from dear Bill Shakespeare, which itself fits snugly in your theme:

    To be, or not to be: that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
    The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
    Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
    No more; and by a sleep to say we end
    The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
    That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation
    Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;
    To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause: there’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life.

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  3. Unbelievable and thank you. The Bard most certainly said it best. This is why I blog -the connections.

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  4. Very clever composition. I am glad that your creativity is flowing again.

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  5. Just beautiful. Hope you are well 🙂

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  6. Thank you for your kind words. Yes, I am well. Just putting unnecessary pressure on my self sometimes.

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  7. You’re not alone in doing that 🙂

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  8. This is magnificent. Being numb is an idea I’ve had to struggle with as well. Thank you for sharing Patrick’s posts here as well, I love seeing how all your ideas came forth and how everything can be intertwined. Truly beautifully done.

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