#BlogFlash2013 Day 6 – Island

When I first saw today’s prompt, it conjured the image of a tropical paradise, palm trees, golden beaches, sun and exotic blooms, and I guess that’s what most of us would think of, dream of even. But then the title of a world famous poem came into my head and I felt compelled to read it. Afterwards my thoughts were deep, philosophical and I began to write . . .

Inspired by the title, “No Man Is An Island” by John Donne.


island1 Just think how lonely we would be, if each of us was our own island. We would stand a solitary figure, isolated by sea, imprisoned in our thoughts.

In our aloneness, would we recognise the beauty surrounding us? Would we reach out to others and find solace with them?

Even an island needs to be shown love, be free to accept love and give love in return. An island has to interact with the world around it to stay strong and healthy.

Your island is deserving of wonderful things, but most of all the unconditional love of friends and family.

island 2


13 thoughts on “#BlogFlash2013 Day 6 – Island

  1. Pingback: #BlogFlash2013- Day 6 – Island – Lantern Poem | Donna L Sadd

  2. Carlie, my mind always goes to “No Man is an Island” too, for a really weird reason. My grandfather died when I was 7 and we’d visit the cemetery all the time. When we pulled into the place, the first thing I saw was a giant marble wall with the poem carved into it. I didn’t understand it too much then, but I got the gist, and the first line: “No man is an island, entire of itself,” is emblazoned in my memory. I thought to go that route with my post, but went with the tropical paradise refuge instead. Islands and cemeteries just don’t go! :0)

  3. Great post, Carlie.

    Reading your piece suddenly got me thinking of Simon and Garfunkel and their song of loneliness, “I am a Rock.” That has the lyrics, “I am an island” and “an island never cries.”

    I think a tropical island would be a lonely place after a prolonged time there but for a brief visit it is a beautiful sanctuary away from the real world.

    • Hi David!
      Thank you – I’m glad you enjoyed it.

      I’d forgotten about the Simon and Garfunkel song – thanks for the reminder.

      I agree with your sentiments about a tropical island being a beautiful santuary, but I would add that it would also be a wonderful place to recharge one’s batteries and to gain inspiration. I’m positive I would find it a great place to write!


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