Wednesday, July 29, 2020
I tried to think of a post that would be positive for everyone. I came up dry. Then I thought I’d share an image prompt and challenge you to get going with whatever creation you want, inspired by the prompt.
I went to Unsplash.com and searched for a “random” image. I found a sign ― pun fully intended.
What could you create with this sign in mind? A bistro style meal? A cocktail? A dance? An outfit to wear? Maybe the neon would inspire you to build an “industrial” style piece of furniture. Perhaps the bricks of the background prompt you to stack up a temporary design of bricks or blocks. What if you draw a sketch of the person you imagine would be looking for the sign?
Perhaps it inspires a song? Now, John Howell and I are singing along with the Five Man Electrical Band. Maybe you want to make up your own little sign.
Or maybe you’d write a story. Mine would be something like this…
This Is the Sign You’ve Been Looking For
Random footfalls floundered in the dark. I followed, frightened, toward the unknown. Crossroads filled flickering corners of my mind.
It was part of the magic he had awakened in me ― I mean the crossroads were. A blues guitar played a tritone. I couldn’t see the guitar, but I could see the music. A magpie fluttered to my shoulder.
“Jinx! Now I understand why you love the blues,” I told the bird. “You could see the music all along, couldn’t you?”
Unsettled, I realized I couldn’t hear the footsteps any more. Darkness was complete. There wasn’t even a star in the sky. Even the moon was dark.
“I don’t know what to do, or which direction to turn,” I whispered to Jinx.
“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign,” Jinx squawked.
“Look for the sign,” Brother Love’s voice whispered.
I turned to my right. No one was there. His voice was only in my mind. I twisted toward my left.
“Went to the crossroad, fell down on my knees,” the magpie sang. “Yeo, standin’ at the crossroad, tried to flag a ride. And I went to the crossroad, mama, I looked east and west.”
“East and west, you say?” I asked Jinx.
It was so dark, that I had lost any perception of which direction I faced. Planting my feet squarely in the middle of the crossroad, I took a deep breath. I closed my eyes and exhaled.
When I opened my eyes, a dim light sputtered in the distance.
“You can run, you can run, tell my friend, Willie Brown,” the magpie continued with another bar of the song.
Abruptly he launched into flight. I ran after him. I emerged from utter darkness into a dank alley. My eyes were drawn to a neon light. In the most unlikely place, I found the sign.
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I looked at the neon sign and closed my eyes. All I saw was darkness. Then I knew I was at a crossroad and Jinx flew into my mind. I didn’t expect Birdie Devovo or Jinx (the magpie) to show up. They are characters from “Brother Love – a Crossroad.”
Are you still looking for a sign? Maybe you want to read The Sign of the Ape.
Wishing you an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump. Hugs on the wing!
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