Daily Archives: March 23, 2015

Wild Boar Wood

Five Photos. Five Stories. Day 1

Thank you Calen at Impromptu Promptlings for nominating me for this fun challenge. For anyone who hasn’t seen Calen’s lovely inspiring site, I recommend that you check it out now.

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When I beheld that sweet haven

    which was to be my home for a while

      behind my rib cage

        where my tired heart lay sick

        something fluttered and swelled

        and a feeling that healing could reach me

       swept through my senses.

      The trees welcomed me

   their budding leaves opening

to show me the future    

© Jane Paterson Basil

The Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge rules require you to post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or simply a short paragraph – it’s entirely up to you. 

Then each day, nominate another blogger to carry on this challenge.

Accepting the challenge is entirely up to the person nominated, it is not a command.  Today, I’m inviting Annie, The Little Snowflake to join the challenge. 

A Crack In The Mirror


image adapted from http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2013/293/8/7/shirley_manson_cracked_mirror_by_jbobw-d6r9pew.jpg

You’re a woman of campassion and you recognise my pain though I try to disguise it. Your empathy stirred, you smile into my eyes, and why is it that kindness makes me cry?

I am not
broken woman
I am not
walking misfortune
the hair that is shed
from a head filled with lead
the dishevelled expression
that tells of depression
belongs to another
not me

I am none of the things that you see.

I float in cream chiffon,
I dance on rich ground
wafting fresh fragrance
of blossom around
I’m gracious and graceful
my surrounding are tasteful
my carpets are white
my steps make no sound
folks stop and listen
my words are profound
by all and sundry
I’m greatly renowned

But I don’t blame you for what you see as you gently gaze and you smile at me
it’s not your fault there’s a dent in the surface, a crack in the mirror, a flaw in the glass
or whatever causes this horror you see

this warped reflection of reality.

© Jane Paterson Basil

This, That, and the Other

Random musings on life, society, and politics.

The 365 Days Without Facebook Challenge

The pros, the cons, the ups and downs of disentangling from the web of social media

Spirit of Soito

In the heart of Portugal

Thru Violet's Lentz

My view, tho' somewhat askew...

Scattered thoughts made a little more random

My Mormon Transgender Second Life

Word of the Day Challenge

Alternative haven for the Daily Post's mourners!

Go Dog Go Café

Where writers gather

Kat's observations.

Existential Poetry and Short Stories

One Woman's Quest

Passion for writing ignites my soul's momentum

Niki Flow

I feel the world and want to help heal the world.

Poet's Corner

Poems, poets, poetry, writing, poetry challenges

Help Break The Silence

Give A Voice to the Voiceless

Inmate Blogger

A Collection of Blogs Written By Men & Women In Prison

Tales from the mind of Kristian

Visit the darkest crevices of my mind, dare to tread where many fear to go. You may find something interesting or you may find a mirror to your soul.

Home of Have, Poems by Lee Robison

poetry, poems, stories, fiction, creative non fiction, essays, anger, angst, sometimes love,

Peace, Love and Patchouli

Mental wanderings amongst stardust


I write to figure out what is left


An Old Plumber, An Ex-Carer, An Amateur Poet, Words From The Heart

Reena Saxena

Experiments in Creative Writing, and more ....

Looking at the world through a windshield.

Observations from the loose nut behind the wheel.


Looking for people to share the written word

Musings Of An Autistic Mind

Channeling my thoughts about the world outside, and inside, into prose and poetry

spilling some

”Writing is nothing more than a guided dream” -Jorge Luis Borges


Aroused by Arête, an eco-meditating logophile

The Abject Muse

Kickin' it behind the Eight ball


A painting a day, painting, drawing and discussions on art.


Reading + Writing = Devotion

Some Words That Say What I Think

a collection of words about my average, bog-standard life accompanied by some sub-par illustrations that depict selected moments in said life

The Bag Lady

The Secret of Change Is to Focus All of Your Energy, Not on Fighting the Old, But on Building the New - Socrates

Sumyanna Writes

Reflections... Past, Present, and Future

Notes from the U.K.

Exploring the spidery corners of a culture and the weird stuff that tourist brochures ignore.

Spiritual Dragonfly

My Beautiful Chaotic Life