Photo prompt round up – Obelisk #writephoto

The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the island of Portland, just off the Dorset coast. The obelisk stands on Portland Bill, a narrow promontory at the southern end of the island. The Trinity House Obelisk was erected in 1844 to warn ships of the dangerous shelf of rocks hidden by the waters. Made of the local Portland Stone, much prized and used for the building of Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and other notable edifices, the obleisk stands around 30 feet tall. A few years ago, we went exploring in Dorset and found ‘wonderful things’.

More wonderful entries this week. I’d like to welcome the new contributors and thank  everyone who took part. Please click on the links below to visit all the posts and leave a comment for the author! A new prompt will be published later today and I will reblog as many as I can through the week as they come in… but given the volume of entries we are getting now, that will not be all of them. All contributions will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

The vagaries of WordPress mean that occasionally a pingback won’t get through. If you have written a piece for this week’s challenge and it does not appear below, please leave a link in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Come and join in!




Gold paints the waters

Gilding a path to the sun

Light against darkness


Below the surface

Forgotten and unnoticed

Black rocks are waiting


A sentinel stands

Linking the earth to heaven

Warning of  peril


Vessels of the sea

Or errant souls wandering

Take heed or ignore


All signs and symbols

In stone or understanding

Silent messengers


The soul sails through life

Dark waters and those of gold

May all be teachers


Many thanks to this weeks contributors:

Reinventions by Reena

Joelle LeGendre at Two on a Rant

Pamela Morse at mermaidcamp

Luccia Gray from Rereading Jane Eyre

Sisyphus at Of Glass and Paper


Ritu Bhathal at But I Smile Anyway

Life at 17

Trent P. McDonald

The Bag Lady

Sarah Brentyn at Lemon Shark Reef

Lady Lee Manila

Michael at Morpeth Road

Jane Dougherty Writes

Geoff Le Pard at Tangental

Craig Towsley

Willow at willowdot21

Helen Jones from Journey to Ambeth

D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror

Stuart France

Hayley R. Hardman at The Story Files

Kerfe at methodtwomadness

Emma Hyde

and a second part from Emma.


About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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27 Responses to Photo prompt round up – Obelisk #writephoto

  1. Reblogged this on ladyleemanila and commented:
    obelisk round-up 🙂


  2. emhyde says:

    Thanks Sue – I absolutely love your haiku for this picture 🙂


  3. willowdot21 says:

    Love your poem it truly touched me💜 also lots of great entries this week. 💜


  4. Ritu says:

    Great Takes AGAIN!!!


  5. Beautiful linked haiku, Sue. And what a great turnout. Lots to read. 🙂


  6. I know Portland Bill being a Dorset lass born and bred. Last time we went, I got sunstroke and Hubby literally threw me in the shower at home to bring my temperature down. It was the first, and only, time I’d ever used sunscreen!


  7. Pamela Morse says:

    Dark waters are indeed teachers..this is beautiful, Sue.


  8. Pingback: #WritePhoto Old Green Stone Wall | mermaidcamp

  9. I didn’t realise that this was Portland, Sue and i have been there many times (both my parents were born in Weymouth) and we nearly always went to Portland to clamber over the rocks, and sometimes go for a swim at Chesil beach too.
    I love the poem you wrote to go with the image, too.:-)


  10. Your poem is lovely, Sue.


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