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Blood for blood. The glass bottle felt cool against my fingertips but the raging fire on the cloth seared my forearm. Arching back, I gained momentum for the throw. These government officials thought they could lay to waste our cities and villages. They thought that the citizens would just lay back and accept all the wrong they had done to us. We wouldn’t. We were the people.
The molotov cocktail flew through the air and smashed against the shields of the police officers. They continued to march on, like robots. My father had always told me that violence was not that answer. Eye for an eye and soon the whole world would be blind, he would quote Ghandi. Well, eye for an eye it would be. I’d rather be blind and know that I had fought for my people than to endure watching the authorities tear up my nation without punishment.
– Ermisenda Alvarez
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Swirling Turnip said:
A time of decision for your hero, act or give in. It seems this image brought some dark thoughts this week. Mine is also. http://musingsfromtheturnippatch.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/picture-it-write-713/
Wow. You touch on so many sensitive issues in this piece. At the core of it all, it was this sense of ‘no choice’ and ‘no control’. Fantastic! Loved it. As Joe said, very dystopian. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write.
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Strong message of defiance there Ermisenda. Nice one.
Here’s mine http://joe2stories.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/picture-it-and-write-order/
Loved this line ‘It was then just a few disaffected people talking in the pub, nothing coherent or really organised, just a group of people who cared.’ Because I think it’s very true. It starts out like that. People just care. The bad thing is the government/police is nearly ALWAYS organised. To really get a movement going, you need a lot of work and cooperation. A great story, Joe. I felt for the man with the bottle.
This is my contribution for this week..
I loved how you tied this all together. It’s so true that history repeats itself. Since this story was set in Spain and had so many Spanish names and terms, I loved this on a personal level too. Franco had torn many families apart then and the affects can still be seen today for many. This kind of turmoil still exists in so many countries. This is why this picture called to me this week. Hearing the news of Egypt again made me want to write a piece where we empathised with the rebels or at least the core values of freedom and what it means to riot. Thanks for writing such a beautiful piece for Picture it & write.
AR Neal said:
Minimal words for this one: http://starvingactivist.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/picture-it-write-14-july-2013-difference-of-opinion/
Very powerful. I love how you said that words started the riots but the violence is what chipped away at the nation/people/city. Few words but very powerful messages. Thanks for contributing this week! 🙂
Hi Ermisenda, here is my entry for this week. 🙂
A great piece, Meghan. I loved this part – ‘The smoke of the fire bombs filled the once blue sky with shame.’ It is so terrible and I think shameful that history repeats itself. Violence continues. It is too idealistic to think humans could surpass that but hopefully with every decade, we can become more peaceful.
You should always go with what the picture says to you! I’m glad you did because this is possibly my favourite piece of yours, Terry. Beautiful and poignant. It is so sad that people continue to see race and discriminate on those characteristics rather than look at the personality of each individual. A lovely story. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write!
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Here’s my attempt at the photo prompt:
I like how you explained the fight starting out from an accident. Sometimes that can happen. If the authority figures take extreme actions, often the people take even more extreme. A good story. Thanks for contributing this week, Kwadwo.
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Hi Ermilia, This was powerful. Please find mine here:
I liked your different take on the image. This person didn’t seem to have much to lose and yet, their compliance may cause so much suffering to others. It’s strange the things we’ll agree to so we can eat. A great post. Thanks for contributing this week!
Anne Schilde said:
How very poetic: the violent quoting those who quote Gandhi! The first sentence made me want to read somewhere about the fire in his heart. And it almost begs a Blind Sight reciprocal from the point of the view of the “robot police”. Interesting slice of philosophy in your last words!
I had to fight to keep my story just a story. Hope I did okay: The Best in All the World.
I find plenty of irony in how some quotes are quoted. E.g. the violent quoting Gandhi, etc. I wonder what the robot police thought as well. Maybe they thought they were doing right by their country/people too?
Oh, world. You make me shake my head. Insurance companies, whether it be just travel insurance or life insurance, are so frustrating. They make up so many rules that it’s nearly always better to NOT pay them and just have a separate bank account called: ‘Insurance’. This was such a sweet story that I was so upset with how it ended. I like how when I look at the image, I can imagine the people burning his deli without having to have read it. Kind of like a flash memory. Very powerful. He was the best deli, in the whole world!
The Real Cie said:
This one is written by team member Faith for Undead in the Netherworld.
I like how molotov cocktails are described in the violent manner but also just as a ‘drink’. It’s interesting and confronting. He wants to stay sober and yet they sing the molotov cocktail song. Very cheeky. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write! 🙂
Ruby Manchanda said:
My contribution is here
I love how you started with a ‘hairline crack’ and jumped back to it at the end. Very clever. I really liked this poem and how it described the whisper getting louder and louder. Thanks for contributing this week to Picture it & write! 🙂
Kim Izzy said:
Thank you I was inspired. Here is my contribution:
Here’s my contribution – http://101keystapping.wordpress.com/2013/07/14/the-last-defence-picture-it-write-story/
Here is my contribution
Devina a Lemon flavoured Jellybean said:
Late again but it’s here: http://hotchocolateandbooks.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/no-looking-back/