Lovingly carved by my human creator, I stand posed in quiet contemplation on a shelf, in a room, in a house. My permanently, etched eyes “wide open” watching life take place around me.
Removed from my birth home, from where my body originated, I am far from the natural elements of nature’s flow, and yet it still survives within me. So it is now, with great sadness, that I silent and helplessly watch the hardships humanity lay upon themselves; confronting each other and their own selves, but without the nourishing rhythm and balance of nature – that they now willfully deny, much as wayward children not wanting to learn life’s important lessons.
I watch as they try and fail to come to terms with their errors of judgement, losing their precious connections to one another and to mother nature herself, even as they (with sometimes innocent intent) tear down the very infrastructure that lead to their existence and survival as a species.
I can see so very clearly and there is a great sadness within me as I sit on this shelf in solitary confinement. If I could, I would cry. But my tears would not be seen, either.
Penny L Howe, 2013
Yes definitely way over the 150 word limit, But I am hopeful this short written piece is still one you will find an interesting read. To join Alastair’s Photo Fiction writing challenge, (who’s weekly prompt is one of his wonderful photographs), click here! Go for it – you’ll have fun!
31 thoughts on “Alastairs Photo Fiction – If Idols could cry”
A lovely piece with a powerful message. The point of view is interesting too. I found the ending poignant.
Thank you Gabriella, I greatly appreciate your compiment!
Great description and expression from the idol’s perspective 🙂
Thank you Yoshiko, probably just as well she can’t talk. I imagine she’d have a lot more to say about things, lol! 🙂
Could be 🙂
Elegant and thoughtful.
You manage to tell a tale and send a crucial message at the same time.
AnElephant is in awe.
Anelephant is too kind as always. But it did seem a natural progression for this one! Most sincere thanks, and love from me to you! Penny
Powerful thoughts here, and such sadness … how people treat each other and nature, as well as how the statue must sit there and take it all in.
Thanks Zooky, I agree with the sadness part, very much!
A powerful take on a sad reality.
xx 🙂 🙂 xx
Hi RoSy! Thank you very much! Hoping you have an excellent week! Don’t work too hard, my friend! 🙂 xo
Excellent. A very perceptive piece.
Thank you, so very much, for your praise. 🙂
I do admire your being able to turn your mind to these fiction challenges, I enjoyed this too. 🙂
Hi Sally, thank you for your lovely compliment! Hoping your week is a positive one for you, filled with lots of good things! 🙂
This is an excellent piece Penny. I love the way you used it to say how we are destroying our planet
Thank you my friend! xx
Very interesting .. and a slant on statues that adorn our houses that maybe have the ability to watch and judge us.. lovely post Penny… lovely post…
Thanks Bulldog. It would be scary if it were true, now that you’ve mentioned it! lol, Have an excellent week! xx
For some it is perhaps a learned helplessness and a fostered sense of meaninglessness; “I am a rock, and a rock feels no pain.”
Life certain can get overwhelming can’t it? And then in those moments, in self defense, it is so easy to go there. I agree. Thank goodness for the love and positive energy of others that come through, pulling one out of those feeling!
So excellent dearest Penny ~ thought provoking. I am always intrigued by these idol statues — and your personification of them here is so perfect a refection of how I’ve often thought of them… beautiful work my loving friend ~ xRL
Hello Robyn, thank you for your lovely thoughts, It doesn’t surprise me that you see them in a similar light as I. Sleep well tonight dearest friend! xo
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Last sentence was heart-breaking. It might have cried if it could, but nobody would have known or cared
Thank you Padmini.
I think they do…sometimes we just don’t always believe what we are seeing because then we would have to look deeper than we want to
sometimes you have to look beyond the first glance and see the difference in the patterns on the would perhaps….
a thinking post Penny, and as always an interesting one to think …
Thank you for sharing
Thank you LadyBlue. Your comments are wise and true. Thank you for stopping by, very much appreciated by myself. Have a wonderful week ahead! xx
Actually Penny it is beautifully constructed piece, I like the intensity and the metaphor for all, of us helpless in our way to change the destruction of the world we all live in and share. I like this one very much.
Hi, and I thank you for very kindly for your compliment. 🙂