The Old Bus

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Public Transportation

The old bus,
discarded,
left in the dunes.
Ravaged by salt
by time
and age.
One time
carried passengers,
to work,
to the pictures,
to the beach,
back home.
Lovers
stealing a kiss
in the back seat.
A woman with
groceries
A man reads
the paper
A child kicks
the seat in front
All taken
on a journey
on a bus
in the past.
A bus
who once
was important,
now a sad,
lonely life
surrounded by
vegetation.

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The Old Shed

Inspired by Debbie at Travel With Intent quote

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security
unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively, unless you can
choose a challenge instead of a competence.” —  Eleanor Roosevelt

In times past
on horseback
they rode into the bush.
It was time to muster
to check the stock.
Not a casual ride
a ride with purpose,
spending days in the bush.
Getting to the yards
check the fences
stow the gear
and the swags
in the shed.
Many days will be spent
with the cattle and horses.
Evenings
Lit by the glow of the fire
stories and tales
of the brave,
of the exciting times
and some with exaggerated imagination.
A time of challenge
in the bush.
Muster the stock
and drove them back
to the home yards
down the dusty road
to home
and a comfortable bed.

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A Step at the Start of a Journey

The quote to inspire from Debbie at Travel with Intent

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”
– Lao Tzu

Sometimes that step can be daunting.
Whether you look up
to see what could lay ahead.
Spiraling upward
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Or look down
into the depths of darkness.
Making sure each step
is taken with care.
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But ultimately
that step can one of light
showing the way.
Always try to take that step,
even though
sometimes that step can be daunting.
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Fire

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Fire

Look into the fire
What do you see?
Faces looking back?
Colours whirling
Colours swirling
Monsters within
Flames reaching
ever higher
Did you see
Tortured souls
Mouths agape
Crying to be free
Fire
Fire
Fire
Are you looking?
The fire?
What did you see?
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Photo a Week – Clouds

The word prompt from Bren: Clouds

One afternoon.
Clouds of
painted pastel
streaked
across the sky
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Another evening.
Dark
and ominous
gathered showing
patches of yellow
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Another day.
Gloom….brooding.
Alone
Quick
find shelter
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Caught Unawares

The inspirational quote from Debbie at Travel with Intent

“I like to photograph anyone before they know what their best angles are.” – Ellen Von Unwerth

In the throes of passion
ones attentions
are not drawn
to the surroundings.
Never notice
who may be there,
waiting,
camera poised.
An intimate moment,
caught unaware,
captured,
forever.
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Rules

The word prompt from Debbie at Travel with Intent: Rules

So many rules
rules to obey
rules that need
no explanation
other rules
unfathomable
STOP!!!
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LOOK FOR TRAINS!!
as if your time
wasn’t busy enough
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Even doors
have rules
what is
your emergency?
who alarmed
the door?
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NO SMOKING!!!
the ancient
sign said
rules!!!
is that here
or beyond
the sign
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Please ensure
you follow the rules
the sign said
so please obey
what are you
doing?
RULES!!!
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