Liberation MAG

October 27, 2011
By LostOneLawliet BRONZE, Prince George, Virginia
LostOneLawliet BRONZE, Prince George, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"No matter how talented you are, you alone cannot change the world." -L


Clutch the wheel in your hand and spin, spin. Propel us off the shore and far, far away – anywhere but here. I want to see the blue moon rise over the sea, to hear the waves churning in perfect melody. I want to see the great white sail unfurling to spread across the sky, filling its lungs with the salty air, pushing us on.

Do not fail us, Eru. We wish to return. We cannot stay here much longer.

The smell of brine is heavy in the air. I inhale deeply, sick of the scent that flows through me but relishing the cold air and thrashing wind.

The boat is our biggest secret, forged in the shelter of the steep cliffs along one nook of the island. It is small but can hold five grown men and me. We spent months ­inconspicuously gathering wood and fashioning awls to pull together old clothes. Our sail is a dirty rag and our boat is a piece of driftwood on the sapphire sea.

If the king's men knew, we would be dead, struck down like so many before us. We are meant to carry on as slaves, not as free men. We were abducted long before I came into the world, screaming as we were forced from our blessed isle onto another.

The moon smiles down at us, large and tinged with ethereal blue and silver, the same kind Hari would have wanted to see. As he spoke such words to me on the night of his death, my face had been streaked with tears saltier than the sea. The ones flowing now are joyful – in memory of Hari and the people of this island who have been trapped under rule. They are shed for the ones who were born and died here, who will never return to our blessed isle.

I take the wheel and spin, spin. We fly off the shore, drifting away. I look back over my shoulder for half a moment, catching a view of the pale white sheen of faded white crosses spiked in the sand. I bow my head and look to the moon, the sign of promise for the future, tears spilling brilliantly down my face, ruining the cold, commanding demeanor I had perfected in order to be captain of this journey home.

Yes, Hari. We're going home. We will be free.

I want to see the blue moon rise over the sea, to hear the waves churning in perfect melody.

Here they are, Hari.

We cannot stay here for much longer.

From behind us come shouts of recognition. The king's men are on their feet, grabbing their weapons.

The boat whisks us away into the night, and soon the angry torches are just twinkling lights in the distance. We do not celebrate yet, for it is far from over. We are far from home, and we may not survive the sea. But it is all right, for we are free.

Propel us off the shore and far, far away – anywhere but here.

These tears are for your liberation.


The author's comments:
I sort of just sat down and wrote what I felt like writing. I'm not sure where this came from, but I had this sudden burst with a picture of a young girl sailing away from an island.

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on Jan. 8 2013 at 5:53 pm
In_Love_with_Writing GOLD, Easton, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phillipians 4:13

This was very beautiful. It was awesome to read! :) Can you comment and rate some of my work?

on Jun. 6 2012 at 5:22 pm
j.Jaishri.a SILVER, St. Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Never Surrender.

Your imagery is very well done. I look forward to seeing more of your work; you have a good way of setting up mood and hope you continue to write.

on Jun. 5 2012 at 5:20 pm
Missy312 BRONZE, San Francisco, California
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Favorite Quote:
The success is not mine, the failure is not mine, but the two together make me.
-- Charles Dickens

This is beautiful! I love the entire imagery of it. It's a simple setting but you've turned this scene into something spectacular. Love the mythological/fantastical elements you put in here: blue moon, sapphire sea, moon smiling down, blessed isle... great job! :)

on Jan. 26 2012 at 4:39 pm
LostOneLawliet BRONZE, Prince George, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"No matter how talented you are, you alone cannot change the world." -L

Thanks so much for the comment; I'm sorry I didn't see it sooner... that really made my day; thank you~

on Nov. 8 2011 at 5:36 am
Shreya_Tongueincheek SILVER, New Delhi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Art comes to you professing frankly to give nothing but the highest quality to your moments as they pass, and simply for those moments sake." -Walter Pater

it's beautiful. the lyrical tone evokes the scene and the sentiment so perfectly that the actual facts of the story- the exact where, what, how, which haven't really been mentioned- don't actually matter at all.


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