All Was Black - Quiet collab

Sometimes my self just disappears into this infinite space of nothingness

The wall was black;
Bleak like my mind.
Filth-smeared with grime
And thoughts unkind.

I raise my hand to confront the negative energy

As I close my eyes with a sigh,
I wonder Is it time to be quiet?
Embracing ignorance and fear,
Or perhaps I should start a riot?

I am burdened as dark emptiness surrounds me

Fear whispers Hush, my sweet, quiet.
Please close your fading mind.
No need for more than silence.
Unconscious do not disturb.

I want to watch fear cascade from wall to the floor

But, I wonder, Are you gone?
Black-obsessed, I have nothing to say.
Depraved dreams and thoughts fester,
Which means I’m unable to find my way.

Even though all is black and quiet

A glimmer of light extends from my hand.
My quietened tongue and mind
Begins to awaken, and think again,
Aspiring for what it needs to find.

All Was Black - Quiet collab by 

A collaboration between DragonFlyer and msdebbie for the Speaking Out Challenge – A Perfect Match


Many things acted as our inspiration

  1. art
  2. emotions
  3. exhaustion
  4. feelings
  5. music
  6. photography
  7. self-portrait
  8. stress

Technical details
Sony A350, Sony f1.4 50mm lens, f22 @ 1/100 Sec, ISO 100, Tripod, Remote Shutter release.

Original works
All Was Black

Smashing Pumpkins – Quiet

I am sleeping
in here
We need a little hope

For years
I’ve been sleeping
Couldn’t tell a soul

Be ashamed
Of the mess you’ve made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

Metal mercies
Boys to the bone

Are you listening?
Up there
To anyone at all

We are the fossils
The relics of our time
We mutilate the meanings
So they’re easy to deny

Be ashamed
Of the mess you’ve made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

I am sleeping
I am sleeping
I don’t trust you
I can’t hear you

Be ashamed
Of the mess you’ve made
My eyes never forget, you see
Behind me

Behind me
The grace of falling snow
Cover up everything you know
Come save me from the awful sound
Of nothing

I’ll defer to Anna Quindlen, of The New York Times: “People who are knowledgeable about poetry sometimes discuss it in that knowing, rather hateful way in which oenophiles talk about wine: robust, delicate, muscular. This has nothing to do with how most of us experience it, the heart coming around the corner and unexpectedly running into the mind. Of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling.”

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  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellalmost 5 years ago

    a superb colloboration,
    I’ve vision of an out stretched hand finding exactly what it needs

    wonderful xox

  • You are wonderful! My JPG link is not working – I think maybe I’ve got too much in the description so I’m off to edit it away methinks :)
    Thanks gorgeous you xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Anthea  Slade
    Anthea Sladealmost 5 years ago

    Stunning and so gorgeous poem dear Deb. Goes perfectly with gorgeous image. Divinely beautiful my friend. x

  • Thank you Anthea! I am new to the world of collabs – but I can tell it could be addictive!!! Thanks so much for appreciating the piece xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 5 years ago

    fabulous Kallena & Debbie! great job!

  • Thanks so much Ushna! Collabs are such fun, and it is great to be inspired by the evocative imagery of others in the bubble xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Tomi10
    Tomi10almost 5 years ago

    Great collab Deb and DF, love the image and your words match so well. Well Done!! =)

  • Thanks so much Tom xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 5 years ago

    What an amazing collaboration ….this is stirs the pot of emotions with inky black obsession…..fabulous Ms Debbie and Dragonflyer you have mixed up the dark paint and the interior of my mind is still drying from your creative splash…… FAV !!! xxx

  • KarenSue – oh your comment makes me shiver! Thanks so much xoxo

    – msdebbie

  • flame7
    flame7almost 5 years ago

    This is fabulous writing, love the colab you made with Kallena :)

  • Thanks so much Kelly – really appreciate it xoxo

    – msdebbie

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