Monday, February 17, 2014

Tantalyzing Tuesday Teaser, February 18, 2014 ~ Soulful Soar

Last week it was Sirens and this, Valkyries. It is Tantalyzing Tuesday again and it is my favorite day of the week. This week, I have chosen a familiar topic for most of us: fear of success. I have decided to use a Norse mythological figure as as my fearless fighter of failure. A Valkyrie is one of a host of powerful female figures who decide the destiny of soldiers: which die in battle and which live. Valkyries also appear as lovers of heroes and other mortals, where they are sometimes described as the daughters of royalty, sometimes accompanied by ravens, and sometimes connected to swans or horses.

In my story, this Valkyrie must decide which live or die in the battle of fear and courage, failure and success. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, please leave me a comment below. Then, at your leisure, have a jaunt over to my awesome author/writer friends' blogs and see the photograph they have selected as their inspiration piece and read their 200 word piece.

Survive defeat; ride your Valkyrie to Victory..........and Succeed!!!

Soulful Soar
Dedicated to Naomi Shaw
If she steps from the mesa, off the edge of the cavernous cliff, above the yawning hollow of the precipice will her dreams carry her as her Valkyrie, like strong barebacked clouds, and fly into the face of her fear where success and honor await?

Or…….Is it possible that her dreams are weaker than her fears and she will fall into the cruel embrace of failure? Can it be that her Valkyrie, her fearless-steed, hasn’t the strength to hoist her into the Heavens of her mind, her heart…….her words and dash the insistent shadowed wall of terror into the recesses of misadventure, the casket of forever forgotten failures? 
 
How is it that the anchor of fright prevents her from the exploration of her soul?  It is there, within her, as paralyzing dread and iniquity. Her talent, love and heart are all a part of her soul, too, along with the cavernous darkness of anxiety, however is the courage and certainty of self enough to brave disappointment?  
 
There is but one way to find out. Trust the will of your instincts; lean into your dreams, fall into the face of failure and brave the sweet, gratifying nectar of soulful triumph
……..and soar.

 
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15 comments :

  1. Ah, yes! Heartfelt. You are speaking to me. Writing is a constant battle of wills. Even when sales are puny and "Likes" on Facebook never seem to rise consistently, we keep writing because our spirit leaves us with no choice. We write because we MUST. Thanks for the encouragement, Muffy.

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  2. Oh, excellent Muffy! I loved the imagery, and I loved the message. The picture is beautiful. Here's something really cool, too. My connection is a bit slow so it took a while for the music to load. I was halfway through and that music was playing in my head...and then it came on. Perfect! Loved it.

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  3. That is so beautiful and touching...I think we have all been there before..and will again many more times...A beautiful poem with a beautiful message... ;-)

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  4. This was a very poetic Muffy; the way the words were described. You provided a wonderful message.

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  5. Ah, the doom of failure is difficult to stomach but you described it well and the need to succeed thrives in the end.. Your imagery and the music are overpowering to bring home your subject. I love this line- " the casket of forever forgotten failures? "

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  6. So wonderful poetry expressing the fears and failure feelings of beloved s soul depicted in so poetic way . Congrats Muffy Ji

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  7. I recognized my self here, as the one who fears having courage to take flight and move forward. Beautifully written teaser that strikes chords deep in the soul. I love it with all my heart

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  8. Love the depth here. This line especially: Is it possible that her dreams are weaker than her fears...
    Great contemplative snippet.

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  9. Beautiful, Muffy, and so very true. Sometimes we just have to take that leap of faith.

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  10. Metaphorical Muffy in inspiring form. Thank you for those encouraging words. I hope to ride the Valkyrie's wings to success in my chosen smutty field ;)

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  11. Oh, and loving the Wagner! (plus the smell of napalm in the morning)

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  12. Beautifully written with excellent use of description

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  13. Certainly a captivating piece of pure art my friend... This was inspiring, and I thank you for sharing... (((hugs)))

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