Clair de Lune

I’m still discovering the fun surprises blogging has to offer, including this speculative fiction style writing prompt posted by D. Wallace Peach.

pixabay image by Natan Vance

Here’s my response to the photo prompt above:

You can’t risk it! They said,
Anything could happen out there
Exposed in that dangerous blue light
The illumined darkness

Stay here, safe in Shadow!

But she wasn’t the sort
To use fear as her talisman
To mistake shelter for freedom

She was ready for more

Thus crouched in the hidden doorway
She cautiously looked both ways
Watched as the moon eclipsed the sun
Then stretched herself to fullness

As her small body expanded
She strode, near danced
Into the silvery center
That infinite space of the unknown

And found herself reflected there

© Amanda Reilly Sayer

38 thoughts on “Clair de Lune

  1. leave our profession as soon as possible to devote yourself to the expression in words and pictures to your rich internal world.

    really. ________________________________

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  2. Oh, Amanda. This is wonderful. I got a little shiver of elation when I reached the end. I’m so delighted that you decided to join in. I’ll set it up for a reblog within a couple of days (I’m sharing them in order). Thank you!

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  3. Gorgeous work, Amanda. Nice entry to the field.

    Don’t give up your other work, though, as Beth Muller suggested. Make this the extension of it. You have capacity to reach in both directions.


    • Thank you for your kind encouragement, Frank. And for your caring advice.

      I don’t see myself making any rash decisions about my work life. Beth and I know each other very well, so I understand (and appreciate greatly) what her comment really means 🙂

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    • Thank you Priscilla. I’m so grateful for your feedback. I have also enjoyed reading the different responses and have been loving the diversity in what the image has inspired!


  4. A well-sculpted poem. Perhaps you have kept your writing talent under wraps. It needs to be shown to the light more often.

    Don’t give up your other talents. I did that for the sake of words. Life shouldn’t have to be a trade-off.


    • Thank you for this lovely comment and your encouragement. I’ve been writing and painting for many years, but have only recently had the courage to share. My day job certainly requires creativity, but in a less joyful (and not always obvious) way. Still, I’m grateful and that work can be beautiful in its own way.

      I don’t feel pressured to trade anything. My only immediate goal is to stop hiding, to ‘stop using fear as a talisman’ perhaps 😉 Blogging is a step in the right direction, it seems.

      Thank you again! I look forward to more of your work!

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  5. And found herself reflected there

    The theme or message of the poem was interesting, and I followed along in interest until the last line. That’s when the message punched. Went beyond interesting to punch.

    I see you use prompts. If you’re curious, please feel free to check out my poetry prompt. But only if you’re curious, Amanda. No worries if you do not wish to take it up.


    • Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Paul! I love that the ending struck you. Still relatively new to blogging and juggling a few balls, I’m very interested in taking up prompts as they inspire me. Thanks for offering yours 🙂

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