Yet another week has passed far too rapidly. Thank you to everyone who read and responded to Thursday's Challenge for October 3rd. Though few in number the responses were outstanding. We had fun or at least I did. Saturday of this week I will review responses to Thursday's Challenges since I came back and write a post about the work that was submitted. We have entered a very busy time for us all. I do appreciate all those who are active on Gather. I know I need to be much more so.
I have had a great deal of fun with the posts of the last 2-3 weeks but with the mess in DC my thoughts grow more sober. If Gather would ever fix their photo down loader, I would be able to down load a photo I took yesterday of a tattered and torn United States Flag.
Over the last several months I have observed a tattered & torn flag high up a flag pole in the middle of a field not far from where I live. I have seen that flag grow ever more tattered and torn every time I passed it. When I did I felt badly almost insulted by it's condition. Yesterday I went by it and saw it differently than I had in all the months that I passed it. I saw it flying proudly though the stripes were almost flying independently of the stars. As the wind waved that flag back and forth I could almost hear Francis Scott Key's observations in his poem that became the National Anthem of the United States.
In my photo in the foreground below the flag is a barbed wire fence. As I took the photo somehow I felt hope that our country will survive the insanity in the world around us and DC stirring the pot. As soon as I took the photo a horse came up to me on the other side of the fence nickering to get me to pet it which I did below the tattered and torn proudly waving United States Flag. This spoke to me of the best that that tattered and torn flag represents, "'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore," the words found at the base of the Statue Of Liberty. Our best is when we reach out to help less fortunate people for whatever reason.
I was at a Civil War reenactment in Andersonville Georgia last weekend across the road from a National Cemetery, Civil War and POW museum that is closed and I think about that tattered and torn flag and wonder about those who fought for it so hard and so lovingly, their families unable to visit their final resting place wanting to honor in a silent memorial but locked out by the very organization that made it necessary for them to end their lives far too soon adding to the tearing and tattering of an already torn and tattered flag.
The Challenge for this week is "torn & tattered. It doesn't have to be about the flag it could be about people's clothes, blankets, emotions and more. You don't have to agree with one word I wrote and that's OK just respond to the challenge.
As always for Thursday's challenge any genre is welcome including free verse, narrative, dialogue or any other style that you are comfortable with. This challenge is more focused than the challenges from the last 3 weeks. No matter what genre you use keep the focus on "torn & tattered." I believe that this challenge could be perceived as controversial but that's OK. This is a very good time to express emotions.
The submissions for Gather Writing Essential just keep getting better. Keeping things simple with few rules still seems to be working quite well so once again we will stay with just a few rules again.
The first rule to remember is to include the word torn & tattered 10/10/2013 somewhere in the title. A second guideline is to be sure to tag it with Thurs WE, 10/10/13, torn & tattered. Don't forget to Post your post to Gather Writing Essential.
I am continuing to ignore the 3 post limit once again but still reserve the right to the right to not approve posts if necessary because of too many postings but am not expecting to have to do that very much. Keep in mind to limit past posts that have already been posted in months and years gone by.