Aneyetta’s Clan

Posted: November 7, 2018 in Friday Fictioneers
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Each of us knows exactly what to do
when the village men are absent
and danger looms
within or without

Mother tutored me
Grandmother tutored her
The rules
set for three millennia
never change

Each carved symbol bespeaks a specific danger
Only we women know the meaning
Our shelters have been torched
Children have pox
Wolves plundered the winter store of venison

Much pride lies in the ease of our communication
No drums
No spurred horses
No rending of garments
Simply a red mark scratched upon a symbol

Then, Our Raven
takes wing
which flight-path is required

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    I liked the interpretation of the symbols, and the traditions they represented. Nicely done.

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  2. Fabulous take on the photo prompt. Absolutely loved this!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  3. pennygadd51 says:

    Love it! Great take on the prompt!

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  4. plaridel says:

    women are indeed smarter than men. 🙂

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  5. neilmacdon says:

    Layers of fantasy baked to crisp perfection

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  6. This is beautiful, an epic poem condensed into 100 words. Great job.

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  7. Prior... says:

    This felt so realistic and I could imagine the times of small meetings to teach the symbols and prep

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  8. Sandra says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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  9. draliman says:

    Every symbol a story. Nice!

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  10. I’m glad someone knows what those symbols mean. I like the fact that the teachings had been passed from generation to generation. Lovely poem, Lish.

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  11. James McEwan says:

    Great poetry, I like the finality of the last verse.

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  12. A wonderful interpretation of the artist’s work.

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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  13. Dear Lish,

    I love the voice in this. Beautifully primitive and poetic. Brava!



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  14. Dale says:

    Beautifully done, Alicia. The women are the storytellers and the keepers of the events.


  15. I really like the sense you create of the quiet and enduring of power of the women in your story – in the ‘fable’ you tell as well as a message of our time. Subtly done – good writing.

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  16. granonine says:

    For some reason, an old song came to mind:

    Reuben, Reuben I’ve been thinking
    What a glad world this would be
    If the men were all transported far beyond the Northern Sea!

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  17. Laurie Bell says:

    Loved this. Simply gorgeous

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  18. jillyfunnell says:

    I loved this. Read it several times because there is something very satisfying in the language and natural rhythm.

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  19. The rhythm of your story is fluid and beautiful. I loved the interpretations of the symbols through the generations of women. Very nice!

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  20. This is wonderful… the wisdom of communication through the symbols.

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  21. Great take, thoughtful and thought provoking piece

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  22. lisarey1990 says:

    Beautifully layered.

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