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100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups – Week#52

August 1, 2012

Prompt … together the flame …

Fire, earth and wind are symbols of life; forces of hope and source of all energy. A powerful image demonstrated by the Olympic flame; here in the UK for the last few weeks. 

For a while we forget those in Tibet whose hope for the future diminishes and the flame brings despair.  Tibetans have lived with oppression and ethnic cleansing for decades.  A lone youth prostrates 108 more times before the Potala Palace; winter retreat of the Dalai Lama. He stands defiantly in the shadow of Chinese power; dowses his body with petrol and strikes a match … together the flame and hope dies.

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2012 10:32 am

    How sad. I like the contrast of the two uses of flame, although in a way the two are not as different as they seem at first.

    • August 1, 2012 10:38 am

      It was a difficult blog as I was making a political point and as this a social (fun) platform I didn’t want to offend.

  2. August 1, 2012 11:51 am

    A powerful subject, well handled.

    • August 1, 2012 12:01 pm

      Thank you, it was a difficult blog but I was hopeful that the audience would be kind and supportive thanks again

  3. August 1, 2012 8:37 pm

    Powerful work highlighting a difficult subject, well done.

  4. August 1, 2012 9:06 pm

    Inspired subject and beautiful last line.

  5. August 2, 2012 5:01 pm

    Commanding and formidable words … a vivid piece of writing.

  6. August 6, 2012 3:54 am

    A harsh subject, but one that requires attention. Very direct use of the prompt. Well done!

  7. August 6, 2012 8:31 pm

    Very powerful and thought-provoking.

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