Black Pool of No Light


April 14, 2016 by petrujviljoen

There are no words for this sort of thing. I mean, there are, but they’re almost always … Almost always misses … Obscures the …

There are 1157 of them. In one area. Today, as I write. Identified, registered with the authorities. This time we live in. Now.

Was it better under the Matriarchy? This shameless book. Open. Plotting forward to finding … healing. For some.


Persophone emerges from the place called The Black Pool of No-Light, blue veins throbbing at her throat, her temples, gasping, almost sobbing with the effort. Places the Book of All of Them on the nearby stone.


Image copyright Kent Bonham

Linked to Friday Fictioneers in response to a post by Danielle Owenby, who is working on a project in aid of sufferers of child sexual abuse. If people are unable to assist, kindly spread the word through facebook or other social media.


25 thoughts on “Black Pool of No Light

  1. I’ve heard of this problem. I hope more people can be helped in future. It was clever connecting the prompt to the project. Well done. I following the link and read about it. —- Suzanne

    • Thank you. Any and all interest is appreciated. It’s not a popular topic. Danielle Owensby’s work is of a high quality and bears the stamp of integrity.

  2. Mike says:

    For condensing and highlighting this subject into a hundred words well done,

  3. Dale says:

    Very intense.

  4. Took a peek at Danielle’s ‘Blackpool’. Rather concerned self-harm afflicted many people.It may be serious psychological problems prompting it but still a noble project. The book can certainly enhance awareness! Thanks for bringing it out in the open Petruj!


    • The idea, indeed, is to raise awareness and provide support where one can. Danielle has inspired me to work on similar themes: the silence around the topic is deafening.

  5. Ah.. Really love connections to myths, and Persephone represents one of the stronger characters.. Nice to see you here.

  6. subroto says:

    The link ups do add to the story. “The Black Pool of No-Light” is such an intriguing and inspired name for that project.

  7. IfeomaO says:

    Like neilmacdon said- quite intense. going to have to do further reading to fully grasp the magnitude of the piece. Good job putting a part of it in a 100 words.

  8. mjlstories says:

    Persephone is wonderful link to the survival of abuse. A strange and haunting piece.

    • Thank you. Danielle Owenby’s work (see the links) inspired this. She does astonishing work to raise awareness and bring healing. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  9. Dear Petru,

    Dark and intriguing.



  10. nmykel says:

    I’m not sure what links neil is talking about. I wasn’t ready for it to end, though! This was sure tantalizing. I’d like to hear more.

    • Thanks Nan. The links are underlined in my posts while in others’ it may be highlighted in a colour, usually blue. Not very clear to see on the grey background.

  11. That was a powerful, if slightly confusing, story, Petruviljoen. Does the ending mean that Persephone is placing the book of all the names of those who suffered abuse, or those who committed the abuse? And does she place it where they can be seen and noted? Why Persephone? Is it because she’s the wife of Hades? I have SO many questions. This is an extremely compelling story!

  12. wmqcolby says:

    I’ll admit I didn’t understand it much, but it does have its charm. And very readable.

  13. neilmacdon says:

    Thiugh I didn’t understand this (and still didn’t fully, even after following the links) it has an intensity that captured my attention

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