I sometimes attend an online writing session, The Narrative Method. I enjoy the photo and question prompts, as well as reading in small groups.
Theme: Lantern in the cave. Figuring something out.
Photo: a shadow of a person wearing a cape with a bird on a branch to the right of the shadow.
3 Prompts. I didn't follow prompt one very closely, just went with where the photo took me.
1. What about the shadow side inspired this person to fly?
Figure it out, he said.
It feels like you're gone
Like you're trying to get away.
Like you don't want to be here.
That you don't want to be with
I don't need to figure anything out, I replied
I know what I have
I know what I want
I know I can do more, be more.
It's not that I don't want to be there with you
It's more like I want to be able
To reach higher,
Without strings limiting how far I can go,
Without the weight of guilt or anyone holding me down
If you want that to mean that's without you,
Then that is your choice.
You could put on a cape too
if you wanted to
if you dared to.
Figure it out,
Cape or no cape,
Flap your wings or ignore them,
Soar or stay rooted.
I know what I choose.
I have my cape
I have my wings
I have my will
I am off
Whether you choose to come along or not.
2: What do they always know that no insult can touch.
With the sun behind me
I can see wings and a cape
in my shadow
I can feel the strength of my wings
The lightness of my cape
And I anticipate the freedom they will help me
No longer sting.
I wrap my cape around me
And the words bounce off.
The gestures and narrowed eyes
Disappear in dust at the flutter of my wings
My cape spreads out behind me
As I soar
Higher and higher
Wherever I want to go.
I am invincible.
I am comfortable.
I am free.
I am me.
3. Bring it all together
"Pull yourself together," he said
"I am together," I replied.
"Is this what you really want?
"To leave, to give up?" he asked.
"I'm not giving up,
"I'm just starting." I replied.
"I'm not leaving,
I'm going where I need to be."