There is a sadness here, she felt, as if the very stones did weep. Of lives not lived; loves not found. Passions not consummated. Sorrow seeped into her bones; a darkness filled her mind. . . .
I am a child of the keep. Born under a full clear wintering moon, I bear the name of stars. These stones are my birthright. The rushes and reeds lilt; stained glass prisms pave the broad hall.
I watch the stately processions; hear trumpets strutting sounds. The brave and the chosen’s calling is the battle field. A secret swift embrace; yielding, dissolving.
I hear the funeral dirge; weep as a widow to all the fallen. Feel faint, cold kisses upon my cheek for lovers passing on.
I listen to the fern unfurl; feel the moss soft beneath my feet. Meadows of wildflowers greet me. Trees take on their royal robes of scarlet and gold. Breath puffs of ice; bare branches embrace me.
I am of the ancients, feral and moon-mad. I dance under the star-blanket; body flowing to invisible music. . . .
The history interpreter watched the woman sway; mesmerized by her motion. She shouldn’t be here so late; the site closed hours ago. But then, neither should he. But, only after hours could he explore the ruins, seeking out those ghosts who called his name.
Too late to be included in the “round up,” but this image from KL Caley’s #writephoto – folly has been haunting me. These are snippets of stories forming, dissolving, merging in my mind. Had to clear out a tiny bit of space.
KL Caley presents a #writephoto image on Thursdays; she posts a round-up of the participants on Tuesday (using noon GMT as the time piece).
three Loreena McKennitt pieces: 1st – a 2021 introduction to the song “The Old Ways” and then the version included on the album, A Mummers Dance Through Ireland, and “Ages Past Ages Hence” from Live at Royal Albert Hall.
September 23, 2021 at 5:45 am
Beautiful words! Lovely imagery. (And I’m usually one of the last to post, so don’t worry!)
September 23, 2021 at 9:07 am
Thanks. I’m usually “a day late and a dollar short,” with reference to this week’s #writephoto money, lol.
September 21, 2021 at 3:39 pm
Hi Lorraine, you’re not too late (I start to pull the round-up together on Tuesday so it’s easy enough to add anyone in, share on Thursday usually around 8am UK) and what a marvellous entry to add. I’m so glad you shared it with us. The twist of the gentleman watching her was brilliant. I loved this line “only after hours could he explore the ruins, seeking out those ghosts who called his name” as if he too is also being watched. Brilliant post and thank you so much for joining in with the #writephoto challenge. KL <3
September 21, 2021 at 3:50 pm
Thanks, KL. The image was so evocative, a visual link to the stories I write in my head. The #writephoto prompt, over the years, has helped some of my characters break out of my inner writings. Thank you for so lovingly and with such imagination carrying on the tradition.
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September 23, 2021 at 7:16 am
This is such a beautiful and kind comment Lorraine, thank you so much, it’s been an honour to continue the prompt. I’m so pleased you get so much from the prompt, I’ve always found it inspiring over the years and hope to continue that for many more. KL <3
September 24, 2021 at 10:28 am
I hope you do too. Your images are always intreguing, even if I don’t post a story.
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September 21, 2021 at 2:05 pm
This is so beautiful, I don’t think you are too late yet 💜
Unfortunately none of your videos are available in the UK. 💜
September 21, 2021 at 3:33 pm
What a shame about the videos. She is Canadian, and the last video was from an album recorded at Albert Hall! But, I know the feeling — there have been some videos, etc. I can’t access in the US. I don’t know if you can listen to any of her songs via her website. The “Old Ways” is on several albums, Ages Hence her most recent. I’m not sure about the timing: noon GMT = what in New Jersey? Have to google that, lol.
I have to pop in and see what Merlin and Morgana are up to . . .
September 21, 2021 at 3:36 pm
I shall poke around YouTube to see if I can find anything. .. M and M are reading havoc or rather Merlin is reakig havoc with Morgan’s life! 💜
September 23, 2021 at 5:46 am
Noon GMT is 7 am in New Jersey. But you have to allow for differences in autumn daylight saving changes. :)
September 24, 2021 at 10:29 am
Thanks — time zone stuff has never been my forte. Here in the US, I’m never sure of the time outside the eastern seaboard, lol.