WPC: Abandoned (Tilly, don’t look!)

Abandoned: the word speaks of the ghosts of things, memories, people, activities, better times, and not a little sadness. A few weeks ago, my husband found this cicada exoskeleton still clinging to our garden fence, after its living contents had taken flight. So perfect in form and function, yet used no more.

Abandoned Cicada Exoskeleton

Abandoned Cicada Exoskeleton

My five favourite interpretations from this week’s WPC:

Puncta Lucis
(Evokes wonderful images of mad-haired, smoking hacks, clacking away to meet their deadlines.)

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea
Who lived here? Where did they go? Why?)

Chronicles of Illusions
(A star that should have been.)

Picture the Pretty
(The tragic truth of many lives.)

365 Days of Thank You
(Reminds me of my first day of school, around 44 years ago, and the fact that BM tried to kiss me in the sandpit after the parents had left, haha.)

44 thoughts on “WPC: Abandoned (Tilly, don’t look!)

  1. I thought your first sentence was the beginning of a poem when I got in my email – sounds wonderful. Cicada exoskeletons’s are amazing – imagine if we could do that πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks, Gabe. Finding it near impossible to write poetry at the moment 😦
      Yes, it would be awesome to shed the outer skin every once in a while, although cicadas don’t live for very long once they’ve emerged in all their beauty.

      • You could try to extend the words (just very evocative as a beginning)


        the word speaks of the ghosts of things,
        memories, people, activities, better times,
        and not a little sadness.

  2. Love your interpretation of the theme. The insect’s shell looks so intact yet so fragile. You must’ve been very careful when you were transporting it from the garden fence πŸ™‚

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  10. Great photo of an empty bug body. πŸ™‚ Wouldn’t it be interesting if people could do this?
    I mean, what if we were walking down the street and come across the abandoned body of someone we know? What would we say? “Oh yeah….George used to live in there. Still looks like him, but not.”
    Yep. Kind of creepy.

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