Friday, July 29, 2011

The Man Who Would Be Free

It seems to have been a hectic few weeks for everyone recently, so here's hoping everyone got (or is getting) a well deserved break of some sort. Anyway, this week's 100 Word Challenge is MYTH. I didn't use the word in my entry this week but it is based on a myth, actually one of my favorite myths. I'll explain a little bit about it after this week.

For the first time in his life, he felt free. Truly and emphatically free. He was liberated from his fetters and he could finally be himself. His heart soared, and ignoring the cautious directions of his father, he flapped his wings higher, savoring the briny scent of the waters below and the invigorating caress of the gentle breeze. He paused, staring at the sun, and a feather drifted away.

As quickly as he had gained his freedom, he was stripped of it again. He plunged into the icy sea and thrashed violently to bring himself above water to no avail. 

So, this is very loosely based on the story of Icarus. Basically, he and his father (who just happened to be an inventor) were imprisoned by the king. Icarus's father would stare out at the birds flying through the sky while imprisoned and eventually came up with the idea to build wings of wax and bird feathers. Once they had finished making them Icarus's father said it was extremely important they not fly too close to the sun because it would melt the wax and they would fall to their deaths in the ocean below (I guess swimming lessons weren't very high on the list back in the day). So they strapped on their wings and set out, and Icarus, like any good Greek mythology character, didn't listen and paid the price. 
I think I've now officially used more words explaining the story than I used in the actual entry. Anyway, it's a great story and you should definitely read it for yourself.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Take My Hand

I'm back from my own little sabbatical and coincidentally so is our fearless leader! Welcome back VV, here's hoping your next break is, well, more break-like.
For this week's 100 Word Challenge, our word is FORWARD and here is my entry.

Today is the end of all your suffering. Today is the day all your questions and worries will melt elegantly away. Today is the first day of tomorrow, where every day is as paradisiacal as the last.
A rapturous place that can’t begin to compare to your wildest reveries awaits you.
You have seen everything there is to see and, weary traveler, the time for sleep is fast approaching. Yesterday is but a figment of your imagination now.
So it’s time. It’s time to move on, take a step forward, turn your head to the sky, and transcend this world.