Lady Liberty- Friday Fictioneers – 13 Sept

I came into this with a different idea than what I finally wrote . I hope you enjoy. Thanks to Rochelle for hosting and Jan Wayne Fields for the picture this time.

copyright: Jan Wayne Fields

Historical Fiction (97 words)

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Carmine listened to the story of the “Woman at the Port”. He imagined this benevolent, grandmother  with a basket full of food to quell his hunger and pitchers of water to quench his thirst. When the real “woman at the port” came in to view his tears flowed like a waterfall, as he cried like the newborn he had cursed through sleepless nights.

“Lady Liberty,” someone said as he pointed in the direction of the regal statue.

Carmine then shifted his gaze to the skyline of his new home. America had been merely a dream until this moment. 

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About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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13 Responses to Lady Liberty- Friday Fictioneers – 13 Sept

  1. Wonderful tribute to those dreams… how it must have been

  2. Linda Vernon says:

    I would imagine that’s how a person would have reacted — with a waterfall of tears, the highpoint of a lifetime!

  3. Dear Joe.

    I could see Carmine on the ship seeing the statue for the first time. Well written and touching. A good week to reflect on America the Beautiful, isn’t it?

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

  4. summerstommy2 says:

    Beautiful piece Joe. I imagine countless thousands reacted this same way as they came to America. You create a real sense of the moment.

  5. pattisj says:

    This is an interesting look at someone’s vision of Lady Liberty. Good read.

  6. kz says:

    beautiful take on liberty, Joe.
    i found it amusing, someone thinking of Lady Liberty as a granny with a basket full of goodies 🙂
    and i love the name Carmine.

  7. Ye Pirate says:

    Very nice phrases there, in this tale of freedom.

  8. I especially like this line, Joe: ” as he cried like the newborn he had cursed through sleepless nights.”

    Here: ” grandmother type with a basket full of food to quell his empty stomach…”, “grandmother-type” would get a hyphen and you would quell hunger, rather than your stomach. 🙂 You could simply say “grandmother” rather than “grandmother-type”, which sounds stronger to me. Just my $.02.

    janet

  9. Interesting idea, Joe, contrasting the pragmatic idea of a woman giving food with the loftier ideal of freedom. Hopefully he can get both.

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