Two Worlds

Posted: August 19, 2015 in Friday Fictioneers

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‘Cakwa∙’ak lives in two worlds. White-man’s world – the one his mother gave him – is crammed with noise, lights, money and women ready to raise their skirts for him. Except for the sounds of ravens and breaching whales, whispering winds and the scent of salt, Native American world – his father’s world – is quiet. The passage between them is jagged and sharp. ‘Cakwa∙’ak can’t spend too much time in either.

Which does he prefer? A hard question. When he answers, “Comfort compared to strife,” with a resigned shrug of his shoulders, the listener must decide which world is which.

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  1. To be caught in between two worlds is becoming all to common.. for some it’s a burden for others a bliss. Having just one world among a world of mixed heritages I almost feel that I lack something…

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  2. Joy Pixley says:

    Ooh, love the ending! Nice touch, not to take sides, acknowledging that the same world can be seen from such different perspectives.

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  3. Graham Lawrence says:

    Thought provoking and enjoyable. Nice story.

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  4. gahlearner says:

    Maybe it’s progress that there isn’t a clean line between different worlds and backgrounds, that there isn’t a clear decision on which is better. I, personally, like it that way as long as cultural diversity isn’t suppressed by force. By my rambling, you can tell that I love your story. 😉

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  5. Dale says:

    Indeed. Either side could be comfort or strife. We get to choose, don’t you think? In either one we could make it one or the other

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  6. yarnspinnerr says:

    Walls stop the people from entering our spaces but they also stop us from going out.
    Liked your introspective perspective .

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  7. Dear Alicia,

    It seems peace would be preferred over strife. But then, there’s a certain exhilaration that comes from the fast paced life. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • It all depends on what brings peace and what stirs strife. Some people aren’t comfortable unless they’re surrounded by noise and people, some need the sounds and smells of nature. Thanks for reading, Rochelle.

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  8. There’s a challenging question there. Bravo.

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  9. Pure genius — lovely perspective, beautiful contrasts, tension between two worlds, a choice (and we have to decide what constitutes “comfort.”
    I really, really liked this story.

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  10. Nicely done. This photo is a great example of two very different worlds.

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  11. rgayer55 says:

    I’m reminded of the story of the Eskimo chief who said that Good and Evil were like two wolves fighting inside him. “Which one wins?” someone asked. “The one I feed the most,” he answered.

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  12. Love the POV’s you have presented here.

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  13. wildbilbo says:

    Clever. “Comfort over strife” – wonderfully uncertain.

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  14. Jan Brown says:

    Comfort over strife. Sounds like a wise choice. Great story, Alicia!

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  15. Love the way you created both perspectives. Very thought provoking.

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  16. draliman says:

    Caught between two worlds. It would be nice to have another world which is a good balance of the two!

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  17. Such a deep story, very thought provoking. Who knows what is comfort and what is strife in today’s world. An excellent story, Alicia.

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  18. I’m always so impressed with the way you capture other ethnicities and cultures, Alicia… walking that fine line between cliché and authenticity; you do it so well! Really enjoyed this.

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    • Thanks, Dawn. I graduated college with a Cultural Anthropology degree and did archaeology for ten years. I guess it gave me some insight ~ both positive and negative. I appreciate your kind words. They made me smile. (P.S. your grandbaby ~ is that a word ~ is one cute little guy!)

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  19. Amy Reese says:

    I imagine Native Americans are caught between two worlds pretty often. Personally, I like their world better. Beautifully written story. Nice job!

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  20. Margaret says:

    Great descriptions – the contrasts between his two worlds are poignant. I love the uncertainty of the ending – his shrug of resignation, and the ambiguity of his reply are perfect to capture his situation.

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  21. I’d choose the quiet, great story though, very thoughtful!

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  22. “Lady or the Tiger” like switch, it could be argued either way. Nicely done ambiguity. I probably would find a way not to like either!

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  23. jabberjeans says:

    This was a wonderful interpretation of the prompt! Loved the ending – and how it all was so well constructed in your writing. 🙂

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  24. Ula says:

    Beautiful and with so much depth. This can be read in so many ways. Thought-provoking for sure.

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