Dreams

PHOTO PROMPT © Na’ama Yehuda

“Commerce. The smell of salt and oil as I watch the mighty ships unload their cargoes from around the world.  The grease of Capitalism.  Those cranes, as big as midtown skyscrapers, that is what the harbor is about, that’s what it means to me.”

She waited for the unasked question

Watching the statue, giant, but dwarfed by the towering cranes, she remembered her grandparents and their stories of the old country, the village bombed out of existence by forces too large to comprehend and the story of their escape.

She sniffed the breeze.

A gull, riding the wind, cried.

“Freedom,” she whispered.

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word count = 100

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23 thoughts on “Dreams

  1. Bear

    Oh, bring a tear why dontcha! I love how this flowed. So, that’s what those things are behind her. I really hadn’t even seen them til you mentioned them. My focus was oh, so very narrow this morning. Three nights no sleep will do that.

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      1. Bear

        Oh, I did get to kayak. Shall we say I prefer canoe. I got so frustrated that I jumped ship and floated down river with life jacket. My buddy got quite the laugh out of it. Next time, I sent the canoe! I felt too trapped in the kayak.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          lol, I guess it how we see things. A canoe is a boat I sit in. A kayak is an article of sport clothing that I wear. It becomes a part of me, an extension of my mind. To me it is total freedom – it is ultra-maneuverable and I don’t think, it just goes where I want it. If I want to turn 180 degrees and go the other way, even if I am at a fast clip, one hard stroke and I am going the other way. I kayak in 10 foot ocean swells and crashing waves and then bring it in to water only a couple of inches deep. I can go from stopped to 10 mph in just a few seconds or paddle for 12 miles in 3 hours, half of it against a strong tidal current. I can’t do any of those things with a canoe :) That being said, I do like canoeing, it is just different.

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          1. Bear

            Sounds awesome, but the one I was in had sefety harnesses and they strapped me in tight, which onlly cause flashbacks and terror. I’m thinking of one of those paddle board things… like a surfboard, but not. We don’t have ocean here, and if the Ohio is mad you don’t get on it. She doesn’t give up her dead easily.

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              There with what you are used to, preferences and equipment. A good kayak is actually hard to use unless you have had a lot of practice. People do use them leisurely, but not me ;) I don’t really like paddle boards – they are a lot of work to do right, with, in my opinion, little bang for the buck. I can go a huge amount faster in my kayak than the best I’ve ever seen, you are always off balance, etc. I do not think they are fun. But that is me.

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  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Trent,

    She is a sight to see up close and personal. And the Big Hall on Ellis Island, although vacant now, is rife with the voices of my Easten European ancestors. ;) Lovely story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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