Friday, April 3, 2009

Theme 13: The Strike of Love

How you choose to interpret the theme is completely up to you. It simply needs to be tasteful – no pornography or messages of hate here. When you sit down to create, you cannot think about how people will or will not receive your work. You are required to simply enjoy the act of creating. Please see the bottom of this post for how to submit a response.

Love can strike with lightning speed and leave you filled with tremendous emotion that begs to be shared. If you were to write a love letter to a loved one or to the Universe what would it look like? Love letters take on so many different forms, would yours be filled with words, images, both or would it simply be color? Or something completely different?


Midnight in a forest of muted candles,
A hunter lies upon the sodden Earth.
As his eyes close, she calls to him;
He pushes the door that stands ajar.

The memory of her resembles home.
At that thought, air rushes into his lungs.
Blood thrusts through his thin veins, as
He is stirred by a remembrance of love.

In her bed, amid a circus of obscure shadows,
She inhales; stars take their place upon walls.
All the while he focuses on her fingertips that
Gently touch the empty space just beside her.

He has committed to memory, the way
She holds her head on that slight tilt, the
Eloquent ballet she performs with her lips
And the smile she wears even when sleeping.

The softness of her raven hair, the way
His body shudders when she opens
Her lovingly sadistic eyes; they are all but
Piano notes playing up and down his spine.

He remembers what she implores of dreamers,
‘Give life to things that live in silence.’
Longing fills spaces inside of him if only to be,
A man lost within her passion and fear.

She exhales and rain begins to fall.
Down upon treetops – trickling - down
Upon skeletal branches - sliding – down;
It finds itself dangling on the tips of needles.

He lies just below, mouth open accepting
Of each of the drops that land upon his lips.
He drinks her in and memorizes both shape
And feel, assuring that he will never forget.

For she is the lightning that splits the sky
Illuminating old paths and those to come.
She is his hope and in the dark,
He is rapt by the opus of her heart.

He rushes through a thousand oceans
Just below the surface of water, to her door
To her room, to ask for, tomorrow
And all the days that follow … till sunrise.

- Copyright © 2009 Natasha Reilly.

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written." ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Important Guidelines

The work submitted must be something you have created and/or worked on between the time the theme was revealed and the Thursday unveiling. Please submit your response to no later than end of day Wednesday, April 8th if you would like it to be posted on Thursday, April 9th. OR send me a link to your response to include in the comments section of the post.

With your response please include:

1. Your name - either first name, shop name or both.

2. The name of your piece (if you choose to give it one)

3. Something you'd like to share (process of creation, idea behind piece) if you'd like to share anything

4. The shop and/or blog links you'd like to include

5. Two photos of your piece or of each of the pieces (3x5 or 4x6 and 72dpi or a max of 96dpi - if you need any help with that please don't worry I'd be happy to help!)

Most importantly, really let yourself and your imagination go. Let your heart and mind fill with feeling and then give that present to the world! Have a great time!


SalvagedExpression said...

I think I have an idea! I have an addiction to letters and old fashioned snail mail so this should be fun!

Natasha said...

SalvagedExpression - I love the idea of a "letter" and there are SO many ways to write one...I can't wait to see what people create...and snail is nice to get things in the mail....I hope everyone enjoys this one....can't wait to see what you create!

Natasha said...

It's important to me for people to know I'm not looking for folks to "write" a letter in the typical sense. You can if you want to but I just want to see what a "love letter" would be to someone...a spouse, partner, child, an animal, the stars...would it be a bag, a card, a letter, a heart on a string, a balloon....I want people to be truly free in this

Amanda (Blake) Fall said...

Ooooh.... you know me and the combination of words with visual art. How exciting! I bet this will be one of the weeks where I end up with far too many ideas and not enough time to explore them all--but can't complain about having too MUCH inspiration, now can I??? ;)

Natasha, your poetry is so layered and filled with hidden meanings... I'm haunted by some of the lines in particular (a circus of obscure shadows...the way she holds her head on that slight tilt...she is the lightning that splits the sky) and will return to this poem many times. Thank you!

meherio68 said...

I have an idea too... Thanks to your poem again! It's the sunrise did it...

And I'm sure you'll be delighted to know I feel absolutely, blissfully free in this :))

Thank you, Natasha, for being so generously inspirational— and on a weekly basis too!

Natasha said...

Amanda - I love the way you mix words and images...I cannot wait to see what you create...and thank you for your thoughts on my poem..I would love to hear why those lines haunt you or what you discover as you re-read it...

meherio68 - I'm so excited that you have an idea!! And that you feel *blissfully* free...that makes me truly happy...thank YOU for your kind words on my poem and joining in each week!!

mkcphotography said...

Natasha, WHAT a poem! I wanted to read more!
I already created a piece titled "love letters," last month (I must be psychic, lol!) so I'll start mulling over what my new creation will be for this week :-D

For all those who made such kind comments on my photograph from this week, I've written a little story to share about it:
Everyone is welcome to come have a read!

Natasha said...

mkcphotography - thank you...I can't believe you did a "love letters" piece! Great minds! I can't wait to see what you create :) I'm off now to check out your blog YAY!!

Veronica Lee said...

Hi and welcome to MBC! Great blog.

Natasha said...

Veronica Lee - hey thanks so much...thanks for the welcome and for the amazing's great to have you here...want to play?

Frenzy23 said...

ohh...this should be interesting. I have a million ideas floating in my head right now, the hard part is choosing one :)

lisianblue said...

Natasha, you do write some incredible poetry!
Mmmmmmmmmm love letter - this should be fun!

Natasha said...

Frenzy23 - YAY!! I'm so excited that you are playing and can't wait to see your creation!!

lisianblue - thank you so much....I'm so thrilled to see what "love letter" you create :)

YAY..bring on Thursday!

Sherry said...

Hi Natasha....your poem is beautiful and moving. Thank you for sharing. I'm excited about this weeks theme. Thank you for all you do for every one of us!

LovePeaceandDye said...

thanks so much for all of this great inspiration! i hope i do have the time to participate- i missed a great theme last week!
thanks and much love!

Natasha said...

Sherry - thank YOU for your kind words and your excitement..I can;t wait to see what you create this week...I'm so excited

LovePeaceandDye - I've MISSED are you?? I totally hope you have time to play this week too :))

Ceridwen said...

What a wonderful poem! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to get started.