Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Flotsam and Jetsam

PHOTO PROMPT © Janet Webb

I saw him under the bridge arranging his belongings.  It was my walking route where the final stretch took me under the arches and up the steps leading to my office. He tipped his hat politely and resumed sorting his possessions.

Every day I’d meander by the river bank making my way through the park.  Stopping only to take photos and the mandatory uploads to Facebook. He was now a permanent occupant curled up under the bridge with his worldly goods in a trolley.


I never saw him after the flood, just some lurking flotsam and jetsam in the water.

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Written for Friday Fictioneers Word Count : 100

I do disembark from the bus and take a walk by the river each morning.  The route does take me under a bridge but that is where reality ends and fiction takes over.  The title a nod to a story by one of my favourite writers Somerset Maugham.

To walk on the river bank with other writers this week click here.

14 comments :

  1. A sad story, which goes with a photo prompt that has always struck me as quite poignant. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Sandra I am glad you liked it.

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  2. Great scene, very descriptive. And so sad.

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  3. Dear Subroto,

    I agree with Sandra. The story matches the prompt...not just in content, but also in emotion. Very nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thank you for your words of appreciation Rochelle.

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    1. Thank you YS, I am glad you liked it.

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  5. Very emotive - well done.

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  6. Awwww. I love the way you've wound the contrasts through the story. Such a sad end.

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    1. Thanks Karen I am glad you liked it,

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  7. How sad, Subroto. Of course the poorest people here live near the river and monsoon often causes a problem. A bigger problem was caused when they opened the gates of the nearby full reservoir. Good writing. ---- Suzanne

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    1. River front living is not always a boon. Thanks for your comments Suzanne.

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