42 is the Right Answer, Day 31

outlook sYour creative writing prompt today is


In other words, describe what you see in the picture, in poetic form or prose.

Take your time in studying the image. What comes to mind when you look at it? How does it make you feel? Does it remind you of anything, or make you think of someone? Does an event spring to mind? Or could this be the setting of a fantasy story, set in another world?

Ekphrastic poems are those responding to visual art – in this case, a photograph. But you can write prose if you’d like. Or even a prose poem. As long or short as you like.

There is no right or wrong way to do this – the whole point is you should use your five senses and your imagination to write about the picture (you might need pen and paper as well, though).

Of course, if you hate the photograph and can think of absolutely nothing while staring at it, you could a) start a business flogging mindfulness triggers; b) print a copy, screw it into a ball, set fire to it, then write about that; c) trawl the internet for more inspirational images; d) try one of my other prompts (there have been 30 before this one).

And just in case you are wondering about where the picture was taken, it is from inside one of the Caves of Keash in County Sligo, Ireland. It is a place well worth a visit if you are looking for inspiration.


Back to Basics – if you need to catch up,  it started  here (but we’re well over half way through now).

I intend posting prompts here each day (until May Day) at 5pm – alive at five (Dublin time).