One more casualty of war

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

Everyone dreams to become something growing up- Doctor, fire-fighter.

Joe’s dream was not to become …a casualty of war.

That  desire, his sole aim in life,  kept him alive when  war rampaged all around him, burning all his possessions to the ground.

He didn’t let the horrors of war keep him awake at night. He laughed, loved, worked and sired his family tree as if his soil had never met blood.

Joe neatly arranged the used matchsticks. He might need those for fuel ,he thought, if there was a  war.

“…war changed him…”, people whispered behind his back.

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This 100 word story  was written for the 100 word photo challenge. More details about this challenge can be found at: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/29-april-2016/

PHOTO PROMPT © Mary Shipman

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34 responses to “One more casualty of war

  1. The wounds inside are harder to fix. Nice piece!

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  2. I liked the juxtaposition between his view of himself and other peoples’. That’s hard to do in 100 words. “Joe neatly arranged the used matchsticks. He might need those for fuel ,he thought, if there was a war.” is very powerful

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  3. Dear Ansumani,

    War and trauma effect different people in different ways. You illustrated that beautifully in few words. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. I think the wounds of war the desperation to survive will linger far longer than the war itself… a great piece

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  5. Well-written expose of what a soldier had and didn’t have.

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  6. Very captivating story of survival against the odds.

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  7. war is hell. nobody comes out of it unscathed.

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  8. Well penned, Joe did good, so what if in his old age he feared the turn of war. Mike

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  9. Well done, some wounds never heal!

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  10. Very well crafted. Great take.

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  11. An interesting ambition—-to NOT become something. It may have changed him, but at least he’s still alive.

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  12. It seems war made him who he is.

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  13. A casualty just holding himself together in the best way he can. Nicely done.

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  14. It’s fascinating how he sees the world, and how the world sees him. He’s still a winner. Good story.

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  15. Joe needs help but mental issues are easily overlooked. Nice one.

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  16. That is a great dream 🙂

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  17. Physically he survived. Mentally there are scars that don’t show. Good story, Ansumani. Well done. —- Suzanne

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  18. I thought your beginning was really effective. People are thrown into wars, disrupting their lives until the very end. It’s always tragic and yet we can’t seem to stop having them. Nicely done.

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  19. Memories do haunt and leave lasting imprints on the soul!

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  20. Very moving story, Ansumani. War can be a good thing.

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