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Weekend Writing Prompt #145 – Abysmal

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend. How you use the prompt is up to you. Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like. Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise. If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in the comments.

I love this challenge, so thank you, Sammi.


Life is comprised of a series of aleatory happenstances. There is a fair mixture of dark and light, should we pay attention.

Those who focus only on the dark send their psyches into an abysmal place from which they feel they cannot escape.  A tragedy, if left uncared for.

Some see only the light, dismissing the dark completely; oblivious to it.  Is this a realistic choice? Is their life flat?

I like to think I am a mixture of both, taking from the dark and turning it to light, ever growing, always learning.


92 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Prompt #145 – Abysmal

  1. Q

    The duality of the soul resides in all of us, but for the variant of light to darkness. This is never a fifty/fifty proposition and while some believe it may be the goal to find that even keel, I say maybe not? You can live in darkness and breathe light into all that surrounds you. Look at some of the greatest artists and writers and musicians.

    I would never want more light than dark, seeing as how the light doesn’t actually speak the truth. It simply gives us the truth it feels we want to ‘see’, which is not the same thing at all.

    Your posts always do this to me. Make me think in big pictures, moving ones that provoke and inspire. I love it.


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  2. Oh, brilliantly written, Dale and so very very true. There is a broad palette of happenstances, all of which comprise our lives, and none of which should be ignored. Thank you and love the photos – perfect match! 🙂 xoxoxoxo

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  3. When I saw the word I thought this was not the prompt for me at the moment. But I love what you’ve done with it. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people who could float through life, focusing on the light and ignoring the dark as much as possible.

    But, it’s just not who I am. Life is filled with dark and light, as you say, and the only way to live life is to embrace it all. Which is why I’m struggling so much right now — cause there’s a whole lot of dark.

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    • I had the same original thought, Mark so I’m particularly pleased you liked my take.

      I am a firm believer that you need the dark to appreciate the light. And I know you’ve had more than your share of dark lately. It does seem to come in waves, doesn’t it?

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      • People have commented to me that The Irrepairable Past is too depressing. To which I respond … how do you get to happy without drama and trauma before you get there? Real live involves everything. How do people think they can survive and thrive if they ignore it?

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  4. Dear Dale,

    You’re definitely a balanced mixture of both. Those who focus only on the light tend to be oblivious to the suffering of others, don’t they? It’s been my experience that they live in a fantasy world, lacking compassion. At the same time, it’s not a good idea to dwell in one’s own misery either. Amazing pictures and words to match.

    Shalom and lotsa proportional hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I am so glad you think so (too) 😉
      And yes, I do find they are oblivious and have no clue what’s going on and un the world.
      Glad you enjoyed my pics (they were supposed to be for a poem that ended up being flushed as I ended up writing the subject is said poem elsewhere (if that makes any sense).

      Shalom and Lotsa light and dark love,


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  5. I love this, Dale–words and photos! We need light and dark both. And I agree that aleatory is a wonderful word.
    It’s why I like the change of seasons, too–you can appreciate spring more after winter. 😉

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  6. I like the interaction of dark/light in this piece. Some darkness is absence of light, other dark shades are created by light and some obstacle – like a tree, as we can see. Nice quartet of photos. That tree has not had an easy life, but it is still basking in the sun!

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  7. “aleatory happenstance”…what a great beginning! I guess we would all like to be a little of both depending…
    But how we see ourselves and how others view us can be very different. Great work, Dale!!

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