The photo for this week’s prompt was taken on the moors above Ilkley at dawn, during one of the Silent Eye weekend workshops. The September events always fall around my birthday and some of us had taken a very long way round to reach Ilkley. My companion had set out from Sheffield, just fifty miles from our eventual destination to come south to me… and we had turned the two hundred mile trip from here to Ilkley into five hundred miles, stopping along the way at places like Uffington, Marlborough and Avebury, although that meant going even farther south… That was a gift in itself.
It was a wonderful trip, revisiting ancient circles and carved stones across the moors. Then we followed the weekend workshop with a foray into North Yorkshire too, with a visit to Helmsley to see the wonderful old church there. It took me a couple of weeks to write about all the places we had seen, so calling the series ‘Rooted in the Land’ may have had a touch of irony about it.
At Marlborough that I was gifted with a staff carved with the head of a dragon. Two days later, as we watched the dawn from the Cow and Calf, the clouds danced delicately, twisting themselves into fantastic shapes. The prompt photo shows two of them… on the left, I saw a face in profile, hair streaming in the wind. On the right… an awfully familiar dragon diving and spiralling towards the moors…
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There were some wonderful poems and stories this week and I would like to 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 and all contributions will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.
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Trails of memory
Ephemeral wisps of time
Captured by the heart
Tomorrow’s journey nurtured
Rooted in a land of love
Many thanks to this weeks contributors: