Photo Challenge #107 – Becalmed


Image: Tomasz

She was the girl who knew too much

Old before her time

As she aged her knowledge decreased

She found she knew less and less

She reached a point where being becalmed

Was her default position.

Life had a sameness to it

She settled into its predictability

Safe in knowing from one day to the next

That it was the same old same old.

Once she had been sexual, explorative and alive

But age brought stability, monotony and numbness.

Feelings long gone, hope a wishful thought

Acceptance of the repetition of life

Awaiting her days end, sleep, repeat.

She was marooned in sea of tranquillity

It was peaceful and without stress

But empty and so alone.

She knew if she waited the end would come

It was as the way of the world.

Then a breeze blew in.

A freshness she didn’t expect

She felt the chills of the new

Felt the stirrings within her

Feared and yet celebrated a return of feeling.

She felt herself once more afloat

There was a direction she didn’t understand

But one she wanted and her bits desired.

Awakened she looked forward,

There was a sense of hope that her body

Once thought to be dead was now alive

Urging to her to embrace what was once lost.


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18 Responses to Photo Challenge #107 – Becalmed

  1. Lyn says:

    Perfect interpretation of the picture (which I love.) It is filled with mystery.

  2. weebluebirdie says:

    A poignant piece; with a reminder to always have a little bit of hope that things can change.

  3. May the wind riffle sails swiftly, stars dance and keep time to these reawakened possibilities as she sails, once again aroused, into the passion and pleasurings of a safe harbour home.

  4. “Becalmed”, then, “Then a breeze blew in. A freshness she didn’t expect”
    How wonderfully you bring her to a new beginning and awareness.

  5. wildchild47 says:

    Interesting story befitting the unique and fascinating image. 🙂

    I love how you have “hope floating her boat” …. even as if follows on deflated sails …. for such is life.

  6. CC Champagne says:

    You cannot possibly know how much this spoke to me… All the way up to where she started feeling hope – although I suppose you should never give up or something… Never mind, the point is I loved this piece!!!

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