It’s the third week of the month! Time for an Ekphrastic #PhotoPrompt

This challenge explores Ekphrastic writing inspired by visual art (photographs). Lisa Thompson, from last month’s challenge, has provided the photo for this month’s challenge:

In these dark days I remember the saying my hubby often uses now about our leaders. Who try to keep us in the dark and give very mixed messages and ever changing information. I have chosen a Tanka to express my feelings.

Image credit: Unsplash, and the photographer is Wolfgang Hasselmann

Mushroom management.

Bright read for danger
Upwards pursuing the light
Escaping darkness.
Our lives are managed like this
Kept in the dark and fed shit.


This is part of Colleen Chesebro’s Weekly Tuesday Tanka Challenge.

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kimbladeswritingblog
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 11:16:53

    We are a bit like toadstools. As you say, fed shit by the media and always trying to find light in the darkness of life. Well said, Willow!


  2. pensitivity101
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 12:06:31

    Kept in the dark and fed shit. Yep.


  3. Erika
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 14:33:15

    Oh, I had not expected that last line… lol


  4. Ritu
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 15:10:52

    Good job, Sis ❤


  5. Jen Goldie
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 18:13:00

    You nailed it.


  6. Elizabeth
    Sep 15, 2020 @ 23:31:10

    you really expressed your feelings! love it!


  7. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Sep 16, 2020 @ 17:57:18

    Yikes… This sounds like America. The brain malfunctions have swirled around the world. Fingers crossed that this will get better. Hugs to you my friend. ❤


  8. Betty Hayes Albright
    Sep 16, 2020 @ 22:12:37

    It’s the same over here….alas! 🥺


  9. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Sep 17, 2020 @ 13:47:57

    Couldn’t agree more. Me are at their mercy Willow. Toadstools being trampled upon. 😦


  10. kittysverses
    Sep 18, 2020 @ 05:58:42

    Interesting tanka, and I loved the title. 🙂


  11. Marsha
    Sep 18, 2020 @ 19:45:00

    LOL and yet another reason not to like fungi! Funny line about a true situation. 🙂


  12. Jules
    Sep 21, 2020 @ 14:52:00

    That is exactly how I feel about the media and most news outlets.


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