Friday, August 22, 2014

A Project Like Noah

PHOTO PROMPT -Copyright-Roger Bultot
I stood in the university’s car park with a stunned look on my face.

“Please don’t tell me you spent our entire budget on that?”

My brother and I were going on a road trip.  Twelve months of mapping routes and covering the iconic trails of our dreams.  While I was planning he was preparing our ride, an old Johnston truck, for the trip.


The dilapidated truck overrun by vegetation was a reminder of how people had laughed at us. 

“Relax,” he said, “When you start a huge, foolish project like Noah, it makes absolutely no difference what people think.”

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Written for 
Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100

 When Rochelle provided a spark from Hafiz, I felt maybe this week was a good time to use Sufi poetry for inspiration.  For better or verse My choice was Rumi.  
And after posting it here, I decided to make some little tweaks so that it's clear who says the final sentence.

24 comments :

  1. Oh, I love that line, "A huge, foolish project like Noah." I'll have to read some of the Sufi poetry. Great way to weave it into your story! Nice one.

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    1. Thank you Amy. I loved that line too and had to find a way to use it. I am glad you liked it.

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  2. That's what I like, a Biblical road trip.
    Man, that;'s spiritual journey he's talking about.
    Ha. Randy

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    1. A long road trip with your brother could be akin to a spiritual road trip ;-)
      Thanks for reading and commenting Randy.

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  3. Dear Subroto,

    I'm pleased that my use of Hafiz's poetry inspired you. Amazing how these two could've been writing for today, isn't it? I enjoyed your story and the links.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle it was a great to do something different this time, I am glad you liked it. I think Rumi says it best “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”

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  4. Thanks for the link - and re-using that great line. I would love to know how this pair got on with their road trip. I don't imagine this was the only confrontation they had, but the brother's attitude will get them through.

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    1. You are welcome Sarah. I am going to use that line for any new undertaking now. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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  5. Road trips of all road trips. Great beginning to an interesting storyline...

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    1. Thank you. A road trip with siblings is bound to be an interesting experience.

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  6. It must be in the air! I posted a blog this week with a quote from Rumi, from a book I have of his poetry, and then found the site Poet Seers; Rochelle quotes Hafiz, citing Poet Seers; now you quote Rumi. Aside from this, I like your take on the prompt. I also thought of the biblical Noah - they thought he was mad, too, I think, when he started his 'ark road trip'. Thanks for the trip. :)

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    1. Thank you Anne. There is much wisdom in these poets and I loved the way he expressed this thought, so I tried to use it. I am glad you liked it.

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  7. wonderful piece. and thank you for the link :)

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    1. Thanks kz I am glad you liked my contribution to FF and also enjoyed Rumi's poem.

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  8. I think it’s gonna be an awesome adventure!

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    1. I think it is, all wild foolish projects have that spark. Thanks for reading and commenting Dawn.

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  9. I'm a big fan of road trip, and really enjoyed this story, Subroto! With some quick dialogue and a little backdrop, there's a rich story here.

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    1. Thank you Dawn I am glad you liked it. I think I too need to start a huge, foolish project like Noah.

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  10. Amen to that. Why worry about what they think? I loved the poem too.

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    1. True do your best and not worry about what others think. I am glad you liked the poem, thanks for reading and commenting Russell.

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  11. Dear Subroto, Road Trip, Road Trip, Road Trip! YEA! Fun if the truck can make it - I hope it does. Don't listen to any one's negative comments about the condition of the truck. I think you'll have FUN! Nan :)

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    1. And that is what Rumi is telling us. Go on a road trip of a lifetime. Thanks for your comments Nan.

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  12. Subroto, This story reminded me of the time my son and a friend drove the friend's truck across the U.S. following old Route 66. It was quite an adventure for them. Good story and well written. : ) ---Susan

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    1. That's fantastic I hope that they had a lot of fun. Thanks for reading and commenting Susan.

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