Confronting the Darkness (100 WCGU)

It has been a while since I have participated in Julia’s 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, but this weeks challenge  “… in the dark recess of my mind ..” seemed to speak to the journey I have been on lately. Be sure to visit the challenge for other people’s entries.

Confronting the Darkness

“You can’t,” whispers a creature, hidden in the darkness. I can feel the freezing touch of its leathery wings, and the tickle as it haunts my thoughts. “You will fail,” it taunts me, fetid breath poisoning my thoughts, weighing me down with impossibility. I try to break its hold, banish it from the dark recess of my mind, but it is a sneaky creature, sometimes appearing in a gentler guise. A glistening black fairy with feathery wings, lulling me into a sense of possibility, dangling dreams in front of me before pulling them away with a cruel tinkling laugh. The only answer lies in writing the light.

29 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sjbwriting
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 07:59:49

    Looks like you and I were on the same wavelength this week, Lisa. Y0u have captured it so much better than me though. I like your glistening black fairy.


  2. jfb57
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:09:59

    This is very evocative of Golum in Lord of the rings. That other being that is always there spread vileness. Really welll captured Lisa & it’s good to have you back!


  3. annahalford (@anhalf)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:17:56

    Ooo, nicely done. Love the imagery of the glistening black fairy and the path to banishment writing the light. Beautifully written 🙂


  4. Taochild
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:31:31

    Somehow I knew you would return with this one. And with a great one too. Can almost see this … in a modified state … getting integrated into the book …


  5. jesterqueen (@jesterqueen)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:34:17

    That’s very true. Until I write, I fear what I won’t write.


  6. Tori Nelson
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 08:36:40

    “weighing me down with impossibility”… that is a brilliant way to describe that heavy doubt we all suffer from sometimes. I spend a lot of time worrying what I can’t do with my writing. Then I realize I’ve spent a world of time sabotaging myself. If you keep writing, something will come along.


  7. Older Mum (@Older_Mum)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 10:24:08

    This was great. Really conjured the witch and saboteur archetype for me. Could really relate to this!


  8. Midlife Singlemum
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 12:56:50

    That demon also visits me. How do they know just how to get you to retreat? You’ve described it brilliantly.


  9. anna tims (@ageingmatron)
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 14:46:26

    Beautifully composed, haunting and so identifiably true.


  10. thepetalpusher
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 18:20:08

    Well-done, Lisa. These challenges are a good inspiration for writing, aren’t they?


  11. Miriam
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 05:45:44

    Lovely writing. These creatures take many forms, but they all feed on our self-confidence. They should be banned!


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  13. Sparks In Shadow
    Jun 20, 2012 @ 17:29:18

    Lisa, this is such beautiful writing even though the ugly and deceptive faces of self doubt are its subject. Once again I feel deep emotional truth in your words. I love when you channel your experiences and emotions through your writing in this way. The word lyrical describes it well.


  14. Gilly Gee
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 01:58:26

    Lisa you have beautifully described the saboteur, if its your saboteur then send it packing because you are very talented!


  15. ventahl
    Jun 23, 2012 @ 13:44:29

    The fairy’s name is Doubt. No doubt. I guess we are all vulnerable to its poison in some form or other. Good job you’re listening to its lighter brother, Belief.


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