The River

Today Rochelle gives FridayFictioneers a rich photograph as a prompt for a story of a hundred words (more or less) with a beginning, a middle and an end.
Thank you Rochelle for carrying me away with an intriguing image of the Mohawk River.

Rochelle Wisoff-Field

Rochelle Wisoff-Field

The River

Another grey day…
The river rushes and yet goes nowhere.
It moves but stays still.
Sitting in a sterile past, prisoner of the legacy he can’t discard, he looks out at the grass on the other side.
Discard is the wrong word.
The Salvation Army could take it off his hands. But he paid for it… from the time he was born!
He’s still stuck in this house choked to the rafters with stuff. He should definitely get something in return…
Tied up value, that’s what it is…
Just a matter of time…
As soon as he sells, he will be free.

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Cloud watcher and dreamer sometimes wise, often foolish, but I am what I am.
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34 Responses to The River

  1. Dear Emmy,

    I felt a little choked and hemmed in reading this. And I mean that as a compliment. It’s funny how possessions can possess us. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • emmylgant says:

      Indeed they can.
      I know people like this man who are stuck in their family’s history/stories, mired in costly stuff.Unfortunately.
      better to emulate Gandhi whose earthly belongings fit in a shoe box, I was told, and whose legacy is huge!
      Thank you Rochelle.

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  2. ceayr says:

    Beautifully written portrait of bleakness.
    And one suspects he will never escape.

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  3. What a sad, sad life…to be tied up by petty stuff. I think we all fall victims to this particular crime, some more than others. Very powerful story.

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  4. Ah the longing for freedom but tied to ‘the stuff’. Well portrayed.

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  5. All those things that anchor us down… i can definitely feel their weight…

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  6. mike says:

    Hope he sells soon, and lets someone else find a brighter life from the old river.

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  7. liz young says:

    Let’s hope he hasn’t pitched his price too high.

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  8. At first I thought this guy a bit of a hoarder but then I assumed he was simply like so many of us, tied down with our “stuff”.
    Very thought provoking.

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    • emmylgant says:

      It could be both… there is room for that.
      In my mind the house is like a museum of his relatives belonging. Valuable at one time but oddities today and not so valuable. We all keep stuff in the garage or the attic/basement that we don’t need, don’t use, don’t want and don’t deal with.;-).

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  9. Sandra says:

    I’ve always considered that dispensing with possessions is a kind of therapy. I’m in therapy right now, and you’ve caught my mood exactly. Well done.

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    • emmylgant says:

      There is something very freeing about getting rid of clutter! And spring cleaning is good therapy. Thank you Sandra, your comment is much appreciated.

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  10. gahlearner says:

    I can relate to this, I’m in the process of throwing out what ties me down, too. The mood is great.

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  11. Dale says:

    Emmy… I am going through this right now.,, So. Much. Stuff. How do we accumulate so much?

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  12. d3athlily says:

    I’m imagining a horder who sees value in all of his possessions even when there is none. I’m consumed by the bleakness of it all too. Like he may never be free of it.

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    • emmylgant says:

      All that stuff is a waste isn’t it?
      But again, change is scary. And so is living fully. Until he chases his ghosts, he won’t be free and he attached them to his ‘valuable’ things, so yes, it is bleak.
      But it’s his choice.

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  13. PapaBear says:

    All I’m hoarding right now is the artistry of your words, Emm ! 🙂

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  14. rgayer55 says:

    In most cases, the things we treasure are looked upon as old junk by the next generation. I’ve told Connie she really needs to consider selling off her precious antiques before she dies because neither of our children have any attachment to them and would probably dispose of them for pennies on the dollar. After all, you can’t take it with you.

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    • emmylgant says:

      True, you can’t take it with you. A very wise woman I knew asked her children which ‘things’ they wanted before she died. She then put little stickers on the back of things and little tags. It made her feel better and relieved the kids of guilt when they got rid of the stuff they could not or did not want to use.

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  15. Katalina4 says:

    Prisoner, stuck, tied up…. yes, that clutter in the foreground, a raging river beyond.
    Funny, I have a whole long story with the Mohawk River.
    One day, perhaps sitting in your patio of an evening, I will tell you all…
    🙂

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  16. It’s very true. Your kids probably won’t want your “stuff”. I’ve always remembered George Carlin’s skit about “stuff”. It’s one of the funniest bits I’ve ever seen and so true. We’ve downsized a couple of times and my husband is a hoarder. I have to get rid of more now as he’s unable to go out and collect. My dream is to get rid of a lot before I ever move again. Good piece and well done, Emmy. 🙂 — Suzanne

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