Friday Fictioneers – Jesus wen cry

PHOTO PROMPT © Jan Wayne Fields

I look out to sea. Gentle waves stay all the way out to an empty horizon. No cruise boats.

Nobody come.

For the fourth time, I rearrange the wire bush of tourist hats, bobbing in the breeze like shrunken heads. Gaudy shirts billow and cowrie shell necklaces clack.

My feet do an anxious little dance. Maybe I’ll go tend my taro patch instead.

Jesus wen cry.


Friday fictioneers is a weekly challenge set by Rochelle Wisoff Fields to write a 100-word story in response to a photo prompt. You can find other stories here

77 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Jesus wen cry

  1. I definitely feel for the tourist industry. We are all going to learn to love our own counties, provinces, states, countries, this year, methinks.
    And I suspect many of us will have fine gardens, to boot!

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  2. It’s so hard for people who are scavenging a living or just making do at the best of times and the coronavirus has decimated international travel. Our place is testimony to an improved backyard with grass for the first time in years after thwarting the dogs’ digging efforts with some radical engineering by my husband. He also won several pallets of floorboards on an auction site to replace the flooring right through the house. That also meant he had to clear out the back shed and the house needs to be emptied room by room. Thank goodness he’s working from home. I’m generally cooking better meals. The biggest difference here has been having our daughter’s dance classes running at home via zoo and she does at lest 6-8 hours of dance a week. We’re all watching the clock so we can get some food.
    The interesting thing is that for people who’ve kept their jobs and are working from home, they’ve probably saved money during lock down. It’s finally enabled us to get ahead. I’m sure my husband’s been wanting to keep my wallet in lockdown for some time.
    Take care and stay safe.
    Best wishes,

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  3. Selfish capitalist that I am, I didn’t even think of this side of the story. My immediate thought was ‘another tourist trap on another tourist trek’. You put me to shame. Simply put.

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  4. Nicely written. I particularly liked ‘bobbing in the breeze like shrunken heads’ which is both graphic and appropriate. If she has a few hens and a fishing line as well as her taro patch, she’ll probably get by.

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  5. The consequence of political decisions has changed many things, tourism being curtailed is one. At least he may have an income from his Taro patch – although he may now wished it was a field.

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  6. Time to tend to the taro patch. And one can see how eager she is to get back.

    Hope amidst the gloom. Well, the tourists will be back if not sooner, then later.

    Lovely portrayal.

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