Tuesday, September 27, 2005

A photograph (and fifty five words)



The flickering light danced and created shadows along the wall.

These five pieces had disappeared years ago. Each one carried a secret. Carefully etched, in the patterns that they held, on their surface.

One clue, led to another.

But, they were only clues.

The answer, lay in the lantern.

But, no one cared to look.


47 comments:

Prerona said...

is this a photograph or is it magic?

chaos said...

interesting food for thought...
ps: photu is too creative...

transience said...

the 55 words are a perfect companion to this beautiful picture. like there really is a secret--something you want to see beyond what you already see.

Brood Mode said...

i simply love the photograph! where do u get 'em!!!

the 55 words are very imaginative too. as expected u don't tag anyone.

aristera says said...

very rich. the image and the imagery.

Phoenix said...

i like this one better than ur previous 55. the picture is sheer magic. takes u to another world.:)

Hail to u!

Deez said...

answer is always in the light!!!

Casablanca said...

Well, this time, I wont ask where the pic was taken :)
Agreed, it doesnt matter. Its beautiful, thats wat matters!

And yes, the story is good too. I have been tagged to do this.. will give it a shot, though I'm no storyteller :p

Ram said...

beautiful pic.. like the way the lantern creates the shadows in the pic..

and truly enough as your words say, there lies the truth while one searches the shadows..

Cecilia said...

Great play of light, and great play in words.

"...I lie there and I see the light on the frame and on the wall until I don’t see the frame and the wall, and I only see the light. " -by yours truly, February Archive

THAT was the magic for me because it was there that I saw the truth...no longer a secret, but the truth.

the woman said...

Beautiful.

:..M..: said...

I see that the words are crisp and not too layered. That's a new thing. Reading your blog after a long time and it made for good reading. :) I like this version of you!

. : A : . said...

Prerona, Deez - :-)

chaos, transience, aristera says, Phoenix, Ram, the woman, :..M..: - Thanks.

Brood Mode - I just click as I pass by. You can write one if you want. ;-)

Casablanca - Look forward to your take on it.

Cecilia - Wow. I must go back to your archives and read the rest.

paddy said...

came to this blog after a long time and a really well presented post . the way u present the picture adds to its magical appearance .
"The answer, lay in the lantern.

But, no one cared to look." thats what magic is - illusion.

wandering dervish said...

nice to see you back to your favourite genre : mystery, intrigue.
i like!

Ubermensch said...

liked it very much , wud have done better without a photo but then would it have the impact?
cheers

Geetanjali said...

Very enigmatic. Very mysterious. Very oriental.

(Seems like there are plenty of 55 word monsters out there ;-))

finnegan said...

Loved this one .:a:.

Excellent merging of image and text. Like Extempore mentions, it is very "oriental".

I've got mine up too if you care to have a look.

gulnaz said...

the answer lay in the lantern
but no one dared to look.....excellent!!!

i have missed soo much!!

great picture!

Extempore said...

Been searching for the right words since morning. And they all don't fit... or at least not quite as well as the image and the words.

Really, really gorgeous, .:A:.

And yes, I quite see your point about the location of the previous image not mattering. :)

venkat said...

Is it in the picture or the words, I am looking for something which keeps me coming back to this post.
Hope i will find it the next visit. Now i have to get back to work

feminine expressions said...

ohhhhh, what a poignant metaphor and message to all of us...

and a lovely piece...

Anonymous Poet said...

Is there any particular meaning to the fifty-five words? Versus fity-six words? Or some other number?

Star and Spire said...

I take away a sense of loneliness from the piece. People are only scratching the surface and fail to follow the clues toward the inner secret. Splendid imagery.

Ash said...

That's a fantatsic photograph ! :)

Aradhita said...

hello..its been such a long time since I was here.
was missing the regular does of creation and connection from you :)

Euphoric Dreamer said...

wonderful subject of ur photograph.the lighting is really perfect !

Well , u cared to look and so did a lot of ppl through ur eyes !

sensiblystoned said...

The source is always more beautiful than what it creates, if you know what I mean and if I understand what you mean :))

deep said...

too good..the best 55 i've ever seen

Sue hardy-Dawson said...

your picture has become a story, now I'm intreaged, what is behind them

Paul said...

Cool - and really quite biblical in tone...

venus said...

every little thing has a secret, only if we dare to find.

stella said...

this is near mystical, reminding me of plato's republic.

your posts are like magic sparked by divine creativity!

Zee said...

truly beautiful.

you always make me think, and stretch my mind beyond...

Lorena said...

i remember my friend telling me about a book that was full of many 55 words stories....i definitely liked the one you wrote here with your words & the photograph made it even more mysterious revealing more that still is unknown. wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

You are taking me back to Alf Laila Wa Laila

iamnasra

yvaine said...

this is so refreshing! and seeing you capture such magic in just 55 words is truly magical indeed.

and now i do wonder, what is in that lamp?

jaded said...

hey, really long time since i've been here but the same magic is stii there...picture is just perfect

livinghigh said...

hehehe.. so i c aristera grabbed u into de mouth of de Fifty Five Word Abyss! ;-)

nice. especially de pots and pans walla. ;-)

jawaher said...

CAN'T SAY MORE THAN WOUNDERFUL

Casablanca said...

Did my 55, and like you, got addicted and did another one :)

Though unlike you, my story telling skills are quite pathetic :P

Erin said...

gorgeous picture - feels Moroccan to me, but what do I know? Not that it matters, the poem it inspired is just as wonderful. The 2 compliment each other perfectly.

atomicvelvetsigh said...

ohh.. dont we all just like leaving clues.. and make paper trails? now.. in there you'd see who's really "looking carefully" *wink

Anil said...

perfect...both the words and the picture.

. : A : . said...

paddy, Aradhita, jaded - Welcome back and thanks!

wandering dervish, Geetanjali, gulnaz, Extempore, feminine expressions, Ash, EUPHORIC DREAMZ, deep, Paul, stella, Zee, Lorena, yvaine, livinghigh, jawaher, Erin Monahan, Anil - Thank you.

Ubermensch - I am not sure about that. Difficult to find out now. ;-)

finnegan, Casablanca - Thanks. Will have a look at yours too.

venkat - Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Anonymous Poet - Yes. This is a 55 word story. Quite a few people are writing it too.

Star and Spire - Thanks for dropping by and sharing your perspective. Do leave a link if you are back.

sensiblystoned - I may know what you mean. :-)

Sue hardy-Dawson, yvaine - Look into the light. :-)

venus - Agree.

iamnasra - Not sure what that is. Is it the resort in Egypt?

atomicvelvetsigh - :-)

Silvermoon said...

The lighting is haunting and myserious. You photograph very interesting angles with expertise.
The 55 words you chose captilize on this well.
(I also enjoyed your creative proflie prose description.)
It's back to my art studio for me. Thanks for a refreshing break. I've bookmarked your blog. I already visit a few on your blogroll regularly. It's wonderful to have found such an aesthically pleasing and thought-provoking blog.

. : A : . said...

Silvermoon - Thanks for dropping by here and for your lovely comment. Look forward to seeing you around.