Source Al Forbes

Source Al Forbes

Witness to the Century

More than one hundred years ago a witch cast a spell and made me part of this building’s facade.   From my location, I’ve been a witness to the century.

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Early on people would pass in horse drawn carriages and that gave way to horseless contraptions that moved fast along the cobblestones.   

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Eighty-four years ago I saw a crowd running towards that bank and then a few days later men were jumping out of windows.  

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During the war, young men in uniform would pass by and often they would be holding tight to their crying sweethearts.   

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I remember other wars too and all the protests.  I suppose there is still more change to come.  

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Submitted for Friday Fictioneers.  This is a fun writing prompt challenge.  Rochelle supplies a photography to guide your writing and the word limit is 100.  Give it a try.

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NaBloPoMo November 2013

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28 responses

  1. helenmidgley says:

    That was a great take on the prompt, loved how the other pictures told the ongoing story 🙂

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  2. kz says:

    i really like how you incorporated the images with the words 🙂

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  3. Imagine being witness to all that. He is like the Forrest Gump of stone.

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  4. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Mary Ann,

    The river keeps on rollin’. Great evocation of times passage and our place in the flow.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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  5. Dear Maryann,

    The way you incorporated the photos is very nice. I liked the move through the centuries. I think you mean eighty-four…you need a y. 😉

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  6. rgayer55 says:

    A very enjoyable piece, Maryann. I often think of the things my father saw in life between 1909 and 2004. A lot happens in 100 years, especially with the rate at which technology doubles today.

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  7. atrm61 says:

    Wonderful idea to add pieces of history ,the passing time and changes,witnessed by the head:-)

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  8. Fantastically novel approach.

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  9. Jan Brown says:

    So much change to contemplate. I’d like to think our brains are evolving…but fear our mental prowess and technology have evolved just enough to cause the planet’s demise.

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  10. Powerful, poignant and appropriate.
    Excellent.

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  11. elmowrites says:

    Interesting take – if walls could talk, eh?

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  12. Like it… love the POV on this one.

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  13. CherryPickens says:

    Lovely observations throughout, but I’m struck by: “During the war, young men in uniform would pass by and often they would be holding tight to their crying sweethearts.” The image is haunting, as are the words.

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  14. These are observations that should carry on and not be forgotten.. loved the pictures too.

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  15. Really fun post and use of the prompt. It’s so true… if buildings and edifices could talk! I love the use of the other photos to carry us along. I so enjoy participating in this each week… so fun to write, and then read all the great stories! Nice work!

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