Lighting the way

Photo curtsy of  Randy Mazie

Photo curtsy of Randy Mazie

The darkness encourages me to wonder about travelling to the stars. I understand the distance involved, yet how I wish to see even the smallest star that flickers in my mind. With time perhaps I will roam from star to star, and see colour again, from the deepest purples to the palest creams. Instead of this total blackness. Even though it will mean the chains holding me to the wall are stretched to the limit. Whilst as a captive writer my work may never be finished. However should I escape this terrorist cell, you will find me …

Footnote: Having altered words and changed sentences without success, I feel that I have failed to get this piece to work as I desired.

Visiting Berlin

Visiting Berlin

This Post Has 17 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    I liked the idea of taking writers captive

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Neil,

  2. draliman

    I’m seeing this as metaphorical chains, a sort of writers block. Whether literal or metaphorical, nice one!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I had not quite seen the piece like that, I wish that I had, thank you Draliman

  3. Sandra

    I saw this as a graphic depiction of writer’s block. If that’s what you were trying to depict, then it worked.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sandra, I did see the writer as fractured, but I had no clear understanding how I was going to depict that.

  4. pennygadd51

    Dear Michael
    If this is failure, I’d love to see success! It’s a wonderfully conceived piece, and there are so many ways of reading it. As a literal description of a captive held by terrorists it’s tremendously powerful. As a metaphor for the overwhelming forces that can stifle creativity; writer’s block, certainly, but also mental illness, and physical circumstance; it’s extraordinary.
    Loved it, despite its darkness.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Struggling to put myself in the situation I was attempting to write about, I very much appreciate your comments Penny.

  5. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    I have to echo Penny’s comment. This is not a failure at all.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle…Struggling to put myself in the situation I was attempting to write about, I very much appreciate yours and Penny’s feedback.

  6. Tannille

    As a writer, I relate… As fun and amazing as it is, it can also be torture at times.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Tannille. I occasionally wonder how some of the authors I have followed over the decades felt about being pressured by publishers to continue producing

  7. granonine

    I’m with Penny and Rochelle. You didn’t fail, Michael. You did, however, create a whole world of possibilities!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I struggled to put myself in the situation I was attempting to write about, so I very much appreciate your comment Linda.

  8. patriciaruthsusan

    I liked the story very much, Michael. It seems poetic to me. Well done. 🙂 — Suzanne

  9. lisarey1990

    This is gorgeously poetic & easy to relate to.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I very much appreciate this lovely comment. Thank you so much.

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