Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Write or Die Wednesdays: Look But Don't Touch

Welcome to Write or Die Wednesdays: A Writer's Link-Up! We are Vashelle and Mia inviting you to partake in some creative writing with us every other week.


If you are new to this link-up and wondering what Write or Die is all about, check it out here!

We really enjoyed everyone's posts for the last #WODW. So many of us have gone, or want to go, off the beaten path, but it was so interesting to read what that means to each person. Thanks so much to those of you who linked up!

For this round of Write or Die, we have a photo prompt for you. How does it inspire you? Does it conjure poetry, short stories, memories, song lyrics? Whatever it is, we want to hear about it! Happy writing!!!


I have to admit that I struggled with this prompt. For a really long time. Probably longer than any other prompt we've had so far. I love the photo, the beautiful colors, the sparkling water. But what does it mean? What does it say? My inspiration finally came from a blog post by my sugar bear and link up co-host, Shelly, where she shares what living in Hawaii taught her: "That the ocean is beautiful from the shore, but the current terrifies me."  She is profound, that one. 

I've written before about my aversion to the ocean. Which is kind of sad since I'm a Pisces, but that's neither here nor there. It's absolutely beautiful to look at from the shore. I love the sound of the waves. I love seeing the sun reflecting its rays off the water. But as I start getting closer and the smell of the salt water hits my nose, I clam up. As I leave the shore and walk past the slimy, squishy sand, as I wade into the water - ankle-deep, knee-deep, waist-deep - my mind screams out. I get upset thinking about what might be in the water that I can't see. Every time something brushes against me - seaweed, debris, fish - I bite my cheek to keep from yelping.

When I'm in a boat, I can admire the beauty of the ocean. My hubby and I went on a sunset dinner cruise during our honeymoon in Hawaii (he took that photo above from that night). We ate. We talked. And then we went outside to see if we could catch glimpses of dolphins and to watch the sunset. And all I remember after that is being seasick for the rest of the evening. I hated it. Water just doesn't like me. And the feeling is mutual.

I believe some things should be admired from afar. The ocean. Historic artwork in galleries. Wild animals. Getting too close complicates things. Getting too close displays flaws that you didn't know were there, and now can't unsee.

Look, but don't touch.


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