An Old Man’s Memories

Posted: April 22, 2017 in What Pegman Saw
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This week, Pegman transported us to Peleliu, a WW II battlefield. Thanks for an inspiring place to write! I’ve never heard of this island or its history. Ah, so much to learn, so little time. (P.S. “Urasai” means “Shut Up”)

“I don’t know who these kids think they are! Trash on the altar!”
“Kozue, they mean no harm.”
“Hush! You know nothing! They come, laugh at the statues, fornicate on the steps, play loud music and dance! They show no respect for those who died here.”
Realizing his wife will drone on for a very long time, Hideshi allows her words to fade to the far recesses of his mind even as unwelcome memories float before his eyes: Blood Tears Broken limbs Missing limbs. And into his ears: Screams Threats Commands Gunfire Gunfire Gunfire rat-a-tat-tat. Over and over and over. And the smell of death: Festering wounds Urine Excrement Blood.
Ah, to have memories of this ungodly battlefield replaced by thoughts of beautiful young girls making love with curious boys, the smell of perfume, the scent of too much aftershave, the glorious sound of laughter, music, and sighs . . .
“Kozue! Urusai!”

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Comments
  1. k rawson says:

    Love stories that turn things on their end until you see them from the other side. To pull it off in so few words is pure mastery. His internal machinations are really effective too. So much to love in this one!

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  2. Dear Lish,

    First, I’m so pleased to have been able to help. That snipping tool is one of my favorite features. I use it a lot. It’s great for catching scenes from videos, too. 😉
    And your story is wonderful. The husband has a great attitude. So much horror for so small an island. Well done as always.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Since the inLinkz isn’t quite up to snuff yet, here’s my story link. https://rochellewisoff.com/2017/04/24/ethnologic/

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    • Someone has to have a great attitude! I was going to say that was a horrific war, then again they all are. Thanks for reading and commenting, and for leading me to the snipping tool!!!

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  3. Really excellent, Lish. Love this one.

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  4. Excellent story. We took opposite sides, but wound up with the same emotions.

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