Symbols and Monuments

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PHOTO PROMPT- Copyright – Jan Wayne Fields

I ignored the grand monuments to money towering over the waterfront, focusing only on that special monument to liberty in the harbor.

As we approached, the great monuments to trade, giant cranes on the docks, began to overshadow Lady Liberty.

Along with 50 others I hid in that symbol of modern commerce, an empty shipping container, and was carried through the air to be deposited on those wondrous shores.

A sign of betrayal, our container was opened far too soon.

Men with the symbols of power escorted us out, the land of freedom just visible beyond the barbed wire.

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Word count = 99

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34 thoughts on “Symbols and Monuments

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Greed does over-tower freedom and it seems that those who have the money and power try convince many at the bottom that the elites greed is the same as the normal person’s freedom. Sorry, too much Trump lately….

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  2. pranitapatra

    I understand from your writing that People are doing desperate things to trade, for money? to get onto to the land..?They survive but are caught.. But I think I lack context of the scenario.
    I like the writing.. especially the last line expressing the stroke of anguish -“the land of freedom just visible beyond the barbed wire”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      First, things you might already know :) This is for Friday Fictioneers, which is writing a story in 100 words or less based on a given prompt. So the stories often leave more questions answered than actual answers. OK, that part done – my idea were these people are refugees, perhaps from Syria or other war torn part of the world. They are trying to sneak into the US and ignore the money (a reference to the huge towers of Manhattan and Wall Street seen from the harbor) and focus on the Statue of Liberty, which can be seen in the photo. Besides the statue, you can also see the large cranes on the docks – so that is where commerce comes from – they are traveling via shipping lanes, not passenger lanes. I had originally said “fence” at the end, but the contrast of “freedom” and “barbed wire” seemed more poignant.

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      1. pranitapatra

        The people who have live in those horrendous conditions in their countries.. for them a ray of hope and they would to anything to touch it.. Its a shot at a better life. I Like the piece.. Thanks for explaining Trent :)

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          Thanks! yes, a shot at a better life. I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of people here put all sorts of blame on the people who come here illegally, but I understand why they do it.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I think it happens more often than people realize, but I’m not sure is the best way to travel. Without research (so I may be wrong) this is what I wrote on another comment – I know people have been caught in shipping containers, but I don’t know if it’s very common. One thing, I think they’d have to go the whole way over in it without getting out – would there be enough food and water? Sanitation? Yuck. So I think coming over here (US) would be difficult.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      I know people have been caught in shipping containers, but I don’t know if it’s very common. One thing, I think they’d have to go the whole way over in it without getting out – would there be enough food and water? Sanitation? Yuck. So I think coming over here it would be difficult.

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          It’s the time I was thinking coming across the pond. And, yeah, sometimes they find vehicles filled with corpses of those trying to sneak in. I’d hate to be that desperate.

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          1. Prior-2001

            I know – and I saw a show where a herd of immigrants were caught sneaking in – still alive – and all lined up standing in a row – my heart aches for those in that situation!
            Be over for Java chat this weekend – preordering green tea on ice…?

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              1. Prior-2001

                Yeah – pretty hot for 8 pm – yikes – and hit here too – but I am not burned out with it yet – not after a month of that rain in May and Into June! Oh no – bring the heat! And the tea – see you shortly and hope you have a cooling down soon

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