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.


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


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


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

Vietnam War 07a

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



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.


NaBloPoMo November 2013


28 responses

  1. helenmidgley says:

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


  2. kz says:

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


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


  4. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Mary Ann,

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




  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. 😉


  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.


  7. atrm61 says:

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


  8. Fantastically novel approach.


  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.


  10. Powerful, poignant and appropriate.


  11. elmowrites says:

    Interesting take – if walls could talk, eh?


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


  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.


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


  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!