Secrets Well Spent

Posted: March 11, 2017 in What Pegman Saw


Brogues held together with heavy string, Bridget moved through the starving.
Every man, woman, child and dog smelled of death. There was nothing else to smell of – except dirt and longing.
The potatoes, peas, and onions farmers planted and harvested disappeared on great boats sailing to England.
As did oysters and ham. And a few stowaways.
But Bridget couldn’t sail away, not with two wee bairns clinging to her sleeve.
Nor did she have time to die, although her Sean certainly had.
On his deathbed, her husband whispered, “You’re a resourceful lass. You’ll do fine.”
No need to tell Bridget O’Donnell such a thing.
Two day’s worth of travel later, she slipped into Muckross House, unseen and unheard.
Bridget knew every secret passage.
Staring the proprietor in the eye, she said, “You’ll now be takin care of your children – and me – lest your missus be knowin’ what you’ve been up to.”

  1. k rawson says:

    A resourceful lass indeed! Love the line “nor did she have time to die”. That’s an Irish woman for you.

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    • My Great Grandmother came from County Tipperary as a stowaway. I imagine she would have been just like this. (She was a cranky old thing ~ no one really liked her.) Thanks for reading and using Dublin as the photo prompt! Donn and I saw this sculpture there. It’s incredibly moving.

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  2. Dahlia says:

    “Nor did she have time to die, although her Sean certainly had.” Awesome!

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  3. Sandra says:

    Loved this, Alicia. Excellent!

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  4. Iain Kelly says:

    Resourceful woman! Great work and a bit of humour in the midst of a terrible time. Well done.


  5. I could swear that I commented on this post but apparently you have to press send. 😬
    You have to admire that survival instinct. This captured the despair of the potato famine. Well done.
    Tracey 🍀👸🏻🍀

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  6. James says:

    Ha! Well played.

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  7. Dear Lish,

    I’m the late one this week, but didn’t want to read others before I wrote my own.

    Love the voice in this and the stubbornness of your MC. Good job, Lassie.



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  8. Beautiful prose in this one. Really liked it.

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  9. Lynn Love says:

    Brave and resourceful Bridget! Good for her. Great take on the prompt Alicia and what moving memorial too

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  10. Cecilia says:

    What a picture and what a text! Thanks.


  11. Sarah Ann says:

    You paint Bridget’s situation and desperation so well. I hope her solution is a successful one.


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