Photo prompt round-up – Bleak – #writephoto



Ghosts of war and peace
To sit with both and wonder
Why there is a choice
Waves wash the shore regardless
Eternity in motion


Defence and offence
Wreaking grief and destruction
A horror story
Memory denies itself
Whispering tales of glory


Time and tide run clean
Following their own purpose
Man but a small thing
The sea-bells toll for the dead
Sorrow unheard in the deep


Old magic lingers
Vision sees beyond the veil
Where the two worlds meet
Incense of smoke and seaweed
Carries my dream out to sea


The photo for this week’s prompt was taken at Brean Down, on the south western coast of England, where the Bristol Channel is wide as it joins the sea. Across the estuary, the hills of Wales can be seen on the horizon. The Down is a place I had long wanted to visit…not realising that I already had. Almost, at least.

We had been in Glastonbury for a Silent Eye event, visiting the grave of one of the foremost esoteric teachers of modern times, when a shaft of light had illuminated the distant hills… if ever there was ‘nudge’ in the right direction, that had to be it. So, as soon as we were able, we headed west, towrads a hill with a history as long as anyone could wish for.

We climbed Brent Knoll and visited the church there, before climbing yet another hill, one with a truly magical story to tell, to the Fort at Brean Down where this week’s prompt photo was taken.

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As always, I would like to thank  everyone for their contibutions. I love seeing how many different stories and poems can be born from one image. I managed to share as most of the contributions this week, but all the posts are listed below, please click on the links below to read them 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  and all contributions will be featured in the round-up on Thursday.

If you have written a post for this challenge and it does not appear in the round-up, please leave a link to your post in the comments and I will add it to the list.

Come and join in!

Many thanks to this weeks contributors:

Sisyphus at Of Glass and Paper

Reinventions by Reena

Iain Kelly

Trent P. McDonald

Alethea Kehas

Frank Hubeny

Bobby Fairfield

Emma Hyde


Lady Lee Manila

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Ellen Best

Jan Malique at Strange Goings On in the Shed

Ritu Bhathal at But I Smile Anyway

Fall Musings

Sight at Journey

Neel Anil Panicker

Hayley R. Hardman at The Story Files

Michael at Morpeth Road

Joelle LeGendre at Two on a Rant

Fandango at This, That and the Other

Jane Dougherty Writes

Robbie Cheadle at Robbie’s Inspiration

Kerfe at methodtwomadness

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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14 Responses to Photo prompt round-up – Bleak – #writephoto

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


  2. memadtwo says:

    The booming bells of the ocean…even in the photo, you can hear them. Thanks for all the context, Sue. It’s interesting how many responses captured the spirits. (K)


  3. Beautiful poem, Sue. The last stanza is sublime. 🙂


  4. A beautiful idea. Wonderful!


  5. A really lovely poem, Sue.


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