#writephoto: Isolated

isolated

Once again I was compelled to write something for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt when I should be editing. I suppose this is the good kind of procrastination, right? You can check out her prompt and rules HERE and maybe try it out one of these weeks 🙂

Isolated

I have walked the moors for millennia, watched the flight of the merlin with the pearling of dawn, voles and hares hiding beneath the wintergreen. Every year the bell heather blooms, and once I made brooms of ling to sweep my cottage floor. Then the war swept us away too.

Purple fades to gray and jet as the days die. My heart resides in this windy wilderness, blood bound to the land, an imprint as indelible as stone. I will tread the soft moors forever, but my soul, my soul belongs to this wide and mutable sky.

96 thoughts on “#writephoto: Isolated

  1. macjam47 says:

    Beautiful, and I especially liked the last line.

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  2. What a perfect last line. The words melt exactly into the image and the mood.

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  3. What a beautiful picture, and your prose matches! Thank you for sharing these, Diana. So inspiring! (which I need about now cuz I haven’t touched my WIP in a few days 😀 )

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  4. inesephoto says:

    Beautiful images, both photographic and verbal.

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  5. joanneeddy says:

    Wonderful picture and lovely response. I love the melancholy feel, the timeless quality of life seeping out ever so slowly across the moors drawn away with the light at the close of day. You always draw such lovely word pictures. Thanks, Diana! Jo

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  6. Bernadette says:

    I am glad you procrastinated. This was great. I could see Heathcliff coming across the moors. Thanks for posting.

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  7. Ali Isaac says:

    Absolutely beautiful. Worth procrastinating for. 😊

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  8. Antonia says:

    An excellent kind of procrastination! So beautiful 😀

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  9. KL Caley says:

    Great Post, Diana. What a wonderful connection to the photo and a very different response. KL ❤

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  10. dgkaye says:

    A worthy respite from editing Diana. 🙂

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  11. reocochran says:

    I am one who likes to imagine another period of time, like my “old soul” lived during another time, Diana.
    I like the way you included “pearling of dawn,” which is such a soft, muted beginning of the day. I like plants and animals added to this natural setting, as well as your affinity for the “mutable sky.” All such lovely details to dwell upon.

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  12. Touching and emotional poem. I read this and if I close my eyes I can imagine my soul in the sky. Beautiful!

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  13. Reblogged this on Kate McClelland and commented:
    lovely

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  14. Kev says:

    Lol… that’s why I try to stay away from these types of distractions. 🙂 It’s very beautiful btw. 🙂

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  15. Nitin says:

    beautiful prose. touches the heart. sky is something that speaks to me too. i love it in the morning when it turns from the dark black to hazy gray and then to pale orange as the distant sun washes it over with its morning rays. the colors and the forms it take ~ breathtaking.

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  16. Wow.

    My entry would’ve been “Purty sunset!”

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  17. SD Gates says:

    Amazing – it brings to mind “I wandered lonely as a cloud” and most definitely captured the feeling of isolation.

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  18. Annika Perry says:

    With writing like this I say procrastinate away! Simply wonderful and you capture the beauty and soul of the moors – I love them so and also feel ‘My heart resides in this windy wilderness’.

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    • Thanks so much, Annika. Never having been to the moors, that’s a great compliment. I did a bit of research to write this and, of course, the photos I see on blogs are so beautiful. Someday, I’ll see them in person 😀 Happy Writing!

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  19. How beautiful Diana. Written with description, and so beautifully as always. Isolated but filled with memories …..amazing! Have a great day 🙂

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  20. Nurse Kelly says:

    So much history and emotion. I want to know about this person’s melancholy life! Beautifully written take on the photo 🙂

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  21. Steven Baird says:

    Beautifully haunting, D.

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  22. That’s lovely, Diana. I’m glad you gave yourself (and us) that moment. As a technical editor (for more years than I like to admit!) editing is improved by fairly frequent “looking away.” It keeps us fresh and objective… Mega hugs.

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    • I know those breaks are crucial, Teagan. I need a 30 hour day! 😀 I’m racing against a deadline now, so the breaks have to be carefully managed – this one was well worth it! Enjoy the day and Happy Writing!

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  23. balroop2013 says:

    Have I told you Diana that you are a poet at heart? Yes! that is the first thought that comes to my mind whenever I read your random thoughts or such responses to photo prompts. What an imagery! I loved reading it. 🙂 Thanks for taking this wonderful break from your editing. 🙂

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  24. Lovely piece of flash fiction, Diana. poetic. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  25. Poignantly beautiful, Diana! I’m glad you took that break!

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  26. Wonderful writing. Captures the loneliness perfectly.

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  27. thelittlelai says:

    You are an extraordinary writer Diana. You have hold so much of wisdom to feed us.

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    • Thank you for the lovely comment. I’m smiling. I don’t know if I have much wisdom; I just love what I do. I think that’s the reason your posts are so compelling too – your enthusiasm shines through 🙂

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  28. noelleg44 says:

    Ole! Diana. You are a master of words!

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  29. Bravo, Diana! The words have an easy ebb and flow, which make it a pleasure to read. A tough act to follow in this prompt.

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  30. Beautiful. You evoke such a mood in so very few words. 💘

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  31. Eloquent and elegant, as always.

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  32. Al Lane says:

    Beautiful… like a prose haiku

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  33. My friend who really walks the moors will love this for sure! She’s in UK.

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  34. The V Pub says:

    I get a sense of solitude, isolation and melancholy from this wonderful post, Diana. Like a lonely ghost bound to the pages of its past.

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