Looking Down

Willow Poetry, a site by Hélène Vaillant posts a weekly photo challenge whereby the readers are challenged to write about the posted photo. This week the photo was provided by Jordis Fasheh.

Peer into the darkness long hidden
Ask why decoration in the interior
Never mind the iron jail grate
Down deep there is a sound, rising
Open to the light they rush
Rail thin from confinement
Angry and vengeful they escape
Screaming at God and man
Fainting you fall back, fall down
As they fill the air mocking life
Utter an oath, a prayer, a plea
Loosed on the world all pestilence
Too late curiosity’s regret

This is my acrostic poem for this prompt…

22 thoughts on “Looking Down

  1. Thank you, Muri. Well done. Also setting the photo right side up… my mistake. I corrected it at the other end.


    1. You are welcome. I didn’t notice it was on its side until I copied it to put in my post. I enjoyed this prompt. I used to do various writing prompts all the time. When the originator of the prompts and challenges ceased I made my own. These have been more challenging and have made me do some pondering which triggered some creative thoughts resulting in poetry!

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  2. I loved this, to me it is optimistic. The darkness causing them to rush to the open light. Which, I believe is our only choice. Rush to the light to crawl out of our jails.
    Very thought provoking. Thank you,


  3. Love this, Muri. A brilliant acrostic. The picture is intriguing… I looked at it a while and came up with this Fibonacci poem:

    it’s not
    a portal,
    but I imagine
    lifting the grate and climbing in
    closing the wooden hatch, standing there in the darkness
    and whoosh! Off I go to Bangkok!
    I order Pad Thai
    at a small


    1. Oh Joan! the fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…. How did you manage too make it decrease in number??? I think you invented a new form! I think you could call it the Fibbif ! Either way it is great! I’m glad you end up in Thailand instead of China since Pad Thai is far superior to wonton!

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