Immortal – Buddha Rocks Project – Day 1

Evelyn over at Filling a Hole has tempted me to participate in the Buddha Rocks Project. The timing of this is quite good for me because since finishing NaNo I have not written anything. I have not even continued working on my NaNo novel. I need to get the juices flowing again and I need to wake inspiration back up before she completely goes to sleep for the rest of the winter.

The Buddha Rocks Project is cool because it involves writing every day for seven days starting today. Each day you use a different photo which can be chosen from a vast library by Eric Alder located at Bubba’s Place Deviant Art Gallery – Buddha Rocks. There are so many great pictures there that I dare say there is something for everyone.

So here is today’s piece and the photo that inspired it.


As the sun goes down on my life and I become more than a memory.

I will close my eyes and prepare for my moment.

Then soar into the sky and feel the wind dance all around.

Enjoy a moment of freedom, no longer anchored to the body that was earth bound.

From way up there, I will feel free to judge the life I lived below.

Strong roots gave me support.

They taught me never give up without a fight.

I hope my seeds have learned the same lesson from me.

Then I will take one more untethered breath.

Wait until I am ready and make my gentle descent.

What life do I want now? The choice is not entirely mine.

I will grit my teeth and open my mind.

Whether I wished it or not.

I am immortal and I will never truly die.


About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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14 Responses to Immortal – Buddha Rocks Project – Day 1

  1. Evelyn says:

    Eric really has subjects he loves, and dandelions are one of them…
    I love these lines;
    “Then I will take one more untethered breath.
    Wait until I am ready and make my gentle descent.”
    Im SO excited you are playing. I do it monthly!
    Ive been missing the Nano community, I know, sappy right?
    But this is a small version?
    Thanks so much!
    I look so forward to what you will write this week!!!

  2. Indigo Spider says:

    Wow! I almost chose this picture myself and you are right, we did have similar thoughts. I truly enjoyed yours, love the images, the idea of immortality, floating down for a new life, great poem.

    As for NaNo, congratulations! I know I’m late, sorry. I agree though, the Buddha Rocks Project is perfect to slip back into the creative flow after NaNo.

    • Amazing isn’t it? Thank you for your lovely comments. I do not write poetry much. I used to but it is not a medium that comes to me often now. This was the first piece I have written in a few months.

  3. Eric says:

    Evelyn’s right, I’m a big fan of this underdog flower. I’m glad you saw the strength there and expressed it in such a personal manner. I’m glad you joined in Evelyn’s “BuddhaRocks Project” You’ve got a new Follower! 🙂

    • I once read somewhere that there is a reason the dandelion has survived for so long despite the fact it is one of the few flowering plants humans work so hard to get rid of. They have a medicinal and homoeopathic property that we humans often overlook. I agree they are a great underdog flower. Plus it is so much fun to blow those fuzzy little seeds all over on a nice summer day. Thank you for popping over and having a look at my work. It is nice to “meet” you.

      • Eric says:

        My pleasure, Billie Jo. I always try to visit each BuddhaRocks Project participant.
        (And if I miss anyone, Evelyn sends me a link)

        Speaking of dandelions, one of my all-time favorite books is “Dandelion Wine” by Ray Bradbury. I even recently had the pleasure of trying dandelion soup! 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    A lovely piece of writing Billie Jo.
    So much imagery in your words.
    I kept getting the idea in my head of an analogy between the seeds floating around, watching the earth below, before finally settling and the idea of a body’s soul leaving its host and looking down on what it was, “free to judge the life I lived below.”
    Thanks for a great read.

  5. Robin Hawke says:

    Each line was stronger than the last. Excellent, Robin

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