Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Always a New Start

I'm joining Linda's Wednesday Wit and Wisdom again. The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise. My inspiration today comes from this photo, taken in 1995 in Israel.



Early morning, everybody seemed to be still asleep. Silently, she crept out of her hotel room and took the stony path down to the lake. Even the lake seemed to be asleep. Tiny waves lazily licked the rocks at the shore. On the other side the Golan Heights stood purple and silently against the background of an increasingly orange sky showing a few clouds that would disappear by mid morning at the latest. The lake mirrored the sky, changing the intensity and the shades of the color by the minute.

That's Syria on the other side, she thought. Such ancient lands. Such long history. And here I am, today. A dream come true. 

She hadn't come here for religious reasons. She knew that many people did. She had seen them in almost every place in this country that she had visited so far. She couldn't identify with them. She came because of the fascination this country held for her. The contrasts, the conflicts. The people - the Jews, the Christians, the Muslims. It was the melting pot that fascinated her.

Nothing of that she felt this morning. Instead she felt peaceful, watching the sun rise behind the Golan. She wanted to keep this picture, this moment in her heart. This feeling of being one with the world, no matter what you believed - if you believed.  This was the same to everyone - the sun rising over the mountains, spilling its light on the lake, on the land. The start of a new day in all its quietness, with all its possibilities. Always a new start. 

She would hold this memory in her heart for years and years to come. Whenever she needed a quiet place to go to, she just closed her eyes and dreamed herself on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Tomorrowlady


12 comments:

gina said...

What a beautiful image and story to go with it, Carola. We so rarely get images of peaceful scenes in the middle East. Nice to know you carry that memory with you.

Gosia k said...

Carla your story is fascinating. I lopve reading it

Elephant's Child said...

Both your photo and your prose are more than lovely Carola.
Hooray for the freshness, the beauty, the serenity of each day's dawning.

Marie C said...

Oh I just loved this! So well-written, and the emotions it evokes are wonderful! Great post!

Laurie said...

Very nice, Carola!

GlorV1 said...

Beautiful story and awesome photo. Very nice.

Gail said...

What a beautiful picture and story. We all need our seas of Galilee.

GreenComotion said...

Hi Carola,
The story was really nice and so is your photo.
I like reading about people going places, even if it is a dream.
Have a Great Day!
Peace :)

ladyfi said...

Wow - what a gorgeous sky shot.

Vagabonde said...

Your sunrise picture is quite beautiful and your essay matches its beauty. It grabs the eyes, the mind and the emotions.

Magic Love Crow said...

Very, very beautiful!

ladyfi said...

What a gorgeous shot.