Tuesday, April 12, 2011

HAWMC Prompt 12: Ekphrasis

I'm participating in WEGO Health's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge (HAWMC) in April.

Today's challenge is to write an Ekphrasis (writing about another art form). It gives life to a piece of art through storytelling. So, I am to find a photograph online that inspires me in some way (positively or negatively), and then free write about it for exactly 15 minutes without stopping. Brave bonus: Publish your free writing without editing!

Photo by ashley rose
This photograph captivates me. It depicts so many different emotions, all in the same photo... in the same person. I often find myself feeling so many different things at one time, or in quick succession.

Crying out, "Why?!" I've asked and pleaded this numerous times. I don't understand why things happen. I know that I'm not meant to, and that God will show me in His time; but I am human and I feel the urge to know "why." Why was I in that car accident? Why did I have to be in that exact place at that exact time? Why did one moment in time cause so much pain and change my life forever? Why can't I come to terms with and accept things as they are now? Why? Why? WHY?!

But, as I cry out to the Lord and string together an endless line of questions, I find myself trying to open up to receive His love and peace. It is in the moments of darkness that I realize how much I need the light. I spread my arms open wide and look up toward the Heavens, toward my Savior. He is the only one that understands. He is the only one that knows the answers that my heart and my soul long for. He is the only one that can offer me true healing and peace. He is what my heart and soul desire.

I long for the freedom to stand out on a bluff near the ocean, with the breeze gently brushing across my face. Just to spend time alone in nature. A brief reprieve from the day-to-day worries, stresses, pain, etc... What I would give to be able to enjoy some time alone, just the breeze and me.
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