Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday Writing Romp: Haints and Talismans

For the last Wed. Romp, Snigdha, at her blog Carpe Diem, wrote a gorgeous poem: One Day, Some Day.

For this Wednesday's Romp, I went diving into some of my pictorial vacation history.....

If you're traveling around the deep South in the U.S., one of the colors you'll see decorating old and new homes, and even places of business, is a blue-green shade called "Haint Blue."

"Haint," of course, means spirit or ghost. And we're not talking about the sweet Casper kind, but angry, trapped shades.

Lore says that these wicked spirits can't cross water. Thus, people chose a shade reminiscent of rivers and pools to paint their porches, doors, and shutters in order to keep the wayward spirits from invading their homes.

A protective talisman in the form of paint.

"Haint Blue" doors and shutters in Savannah, Georgia

And that's your prompt for this week: Talisman. Write about the above building with its "Haint Blue" protection. Write about a ring that grants its wearer special protections. Write about whatever you want, so long as some kind of talisman makes an appearance and you meet the 50, 250, or 500 word limit options.

Come back here by midnight, Sunday, June 24 and leave a comment with a link to your response. I'll share them in the next Romp post.

Spread the word. Spread the love. Happy writing. (Grab the button on your way out.)

Chaotically Yours


L. M. Leffew said...

L. M. Leffew said...

What an interesting bit of history. 

L. M. Leffew said...

I didn't know that; thanks for sharing.  I love this writing romp idea, too.  I think I may join in soon.  :-)

L. M. Leffew said...

Awesome. Would love to have you. The next prompt will be up on July 4. :)

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