Once Upon a Time….


The Promise

I walked alone through a forest of maples, birches, oaks, and pines, happy to listen to birds chirping, as they called to one another hoping for a mate. I marveled at the beauty of this spring day. Beneath my feet I felt the soft spongy layers of leaves becoming one with the earth. It was this fresh feeling of renewal after a long cold winter that was so invigorating, and it lifted my spirits, ferreting away my winter doldrums.

I was so deep in thought that I walked without seeing where I was going. I just blindly put one foot in front of the another. I don’t remember how long I was walking or where I was going when I came across an enchanting burn, that flowed with such energy. The waters were crystal clear, flowing from the melting snow drifts of winter, and mixed with spring water from deep within the earth.

Above the burn was a span, an ancient walkway, now covered with many years of moss and grass. I marveled at the construction of the span, and its ability to survive for how long I didn’t know, but perhaps a few hundred years or more. I imagined how life must have been so long ago. How many young lovers must have made promises to each other as they gazed into the waters, promises that wouldn’t or couldn’t be kept. No different than the raging burn as it too would soon cease to keep its passion.

I let my eyes wander, once more, as I stood at the edge of the rapid flow of the burn. The sound it made was eerie yet enticing as it raged through the burn. Life is so similar, I mused, its passion rages only to burnout more quickly than one would think. Yet, like the winter that has come and gone, the spring of life continues to renew all hope, love, care, and we, like springtime, will once again be filled with the passion to live our best lives.




  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Lovely, Karen, you catch the mood of the place so well.

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    1. Sue, thank you so much. I do love this particular photoprompt and I am trying to learn a real pingback with the instructions you gave Kathy Lauren Miller. But, so far…It will take time. (what is a cog?) Karen 🙂

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      1. Sue Vincent says:

        The little toothed wheel symbol 😉

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      2. Sue.,.I will look for it…and I have printed out the instructions for next time. I am excited to see what photo prompt will be up this coming week!! I just love doing these. I think they help my writing creative process a great deal. Thank you! Karen 🙂


      3. Sue Vincent says:

        I’m glad you enjoy them, Karen… and hope the instructions help 🙂


  2. A lovely meditation on nature and renewal!

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    1. Liz, thank you so much. I did find a few errors that I have know corrected. Karen 🙂

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  3. I just came in from a beautiful walk in the forest and the image (& your words!) are like an echo…

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    1. Kim, thank you so much. I do have a strong love of forests, and for our beautiful earth, as you do. Karen 🙂

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  4. balroop2013 says:

    A fantastic description of the place and its mood. This image is so evocative.

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    1. balroop, Thank you so much. I do feel very connected to the beauty of earth and its power to heal if we just let it. Afterall, earth is the stuff we are all formed by and created from. It seems that so many people don’t truly comprehend that without a healthy earth, none of us would be here. Karen 🙂

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  5. Jennie says:

    So lovely, Karen!

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