30 years later

My take on this prompt nearly three years ago was very different. If interested please visit
https://yarnspinnerr.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/another-liberty/

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright - Jan Wayne Fields

PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields
The Johansson clan searched the distant land for the famed torch with disappointment. As the land loomed larger they could make out the shape of the lady at the end of a long line of masts. Its illumination was more like a glowworm.
On landing they received a cold welcome and those who showed warmth generally left them poorer.
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30 years later in 1920 they came back to receive some friends from the old country. Their friend’s were not disappointed as the Lady glowed like a beacon and the Johansson’s helped them find jobs, home and overcome barriers of language.
Words ~ 101
President Woodrow Wilson illuminated the statue adequately on December 2, 1916  through a telegraph key that turned on the electric lights.

 

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

The flip side of policy

Prompt  ….

This week’s photo prompt is provided by TJ Paris. Thank you TJ!

Chung saw the lighted red lamp inscribed with ‘Spring Festival’ as he entered his house. It was July and the lantern festival was long over.

Each month the lamp was kept lighted for a week that contained the fertility window of Chung’s wife as advised by the local health visitor.

 It was for keeping away the dreaded child eating beast from his house. The tradition started after the disappearance of all latex articles from the medical stores. The one child policy of the rulers had been blamed for the acute shortage condoms.

We cannot fight the rulers Chung thought.

Words ~ 99

 

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Do we really elect our leaders?

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT Copyright-Sandra Crook

PHOTO PROMPT © Sandra Crook

‘190 persons in a group of 200 persons follow the informed 10 individuals in material world’. The Prof stated.

He is talking bunkum.

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Next day the class took part in an experiment where volunteers were told to randomly walk around a large hall without talking to each other.  Just 5% were instructed – where to walk and the class followed them like a herd. Most were unaware that they were following someone.

The results were shared with the class and they were asked to submit a paper proving that elections are not bunkum in democratic system of governance.

Words ~ 99
If you are interested in how I tackled this prompt in May 2014, CLICK the link below
https://yarnspinnerr.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/sheeple/

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

Corporate cons

Prompt  ….

This week’s photo prompt is provided by Phylor. Thank you Phylor!

They say it used to be a train station. Now it is a high profile country club. However, I recognize it as a place where rights are denied.

Recollect Fred the fat, somnolent, breathless boy in Pickwick papers. My boss is a grown up and darker version of Fred who has been cured of his somnolence and is on one of those nebulizers that doctors prescribe to asthmatics. Talking with him – one expects him to take a puff and then continue. However, he enjoys good health.

The chap is a real friend. Last year, I was due for promotion but the boss did not forward my name. Instead, he invited me to lunch here.

Soon, he started shedding tears in to his gin – ‘Aesop, if I forward your name … I will not have any competent persons left in my section’, and then went on to enumerate the short comings of all my peers whom he had recommended for promotion.

‘Good riddance’ he closed the topic and tackled his lunch. 

Words ~170

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Uncanny

Prompt  ….

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Marler Morrill

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Marler Morrill

He walked through the deserted streets of a provincial town in Italy, one hot summer afternoon and found himself in alley which he knew well. The painted women would be seen at the windows at sunset.

He knew that all his attempts to get out of the maze of streets would fail. He had come here for the first time but he had repeatedly dreamt of this place.

He did not believe in supernatural and the very thought that it was some sort cosmic power that was responsible for his dream was abhorrent.

He was Sigmund Freud.

Words ~ 97
Inspired by the concept of the Uncanny as  elaborated  by Sigmund Freud in his 1919 essay The Uncanny,

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.

 

The cat that escaped

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This week’s photo prompt is provided by Yinglan. Thank you Yinglan!
The cat is here again, Joe thought.  He followed her paw marks into the yard.
Joe knew that the black cat had escaped from the pages of the book it had been confined to. He knew it had explored the library, the empty house and then walked to the yard in search of another victim.
Joe saw the agitated dogs gathered near the tree across the fence and a smile appeared on his face.
He peered at the top branches of the tree, took out a pistol from his pocket and fired at the black object.
A crow fell dead at his feet.
A few minutes later the place was filled with cawing and hundreds of crows descended on poor Joe.
The dogs just slunk away.
Words ~126

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Handcraft

Prompt  ….

Copyright - Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Copyright – Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

It was a sleazy show in the downtown area of one of the northern cities in India. Surprisingly there was nothing illicit about it.

The audience gasped, passed sneaky comments, whistled and finally applauded at the end of the show.

I and my friend walked out amazed at the talent and skill of the performer.

I have seen many hand-shadow shows but this beats them all.

True. Most of them are restricted to birds, animals or some basic human figures.

A full flow strip-tease through shadow of hands and few props – Stupendous.

Words <100

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Thanks for the prompt Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. SHALOM.