#FOWC — Empty Words Empty Promises

874CC013-EEE5-479E-B59A-A9798F78C12CIt had been thirteen days since Sofía had been detained in the compound. And thirteen days since she last saw her daughter, Isabella.

Sofía thought about the difficult and often harrowing journey of the past two month that she and Isabella took, striving to reach the U.S. border to seek asylum from the country that took the lives of her husband and teenage son. Little did she know that she would be treated like a criminal when she got to the border and would have her last remaining child snatched from her arms and taken only God knows where.

Sofía was only thirty, but she felt as though she was suffering from a midlife crisis. She’d experienced horrors in her young life that most women twice her age could not even imagine. And now she was living a waking nightmare, detained in a compound, and separated from her only living child.

Whatever happen to those words of hope carved on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty, words that Sofía had committed to memory:

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

“Empty words, empty promises,” Sofía thought, the tears of hopelessness and despair streaming down her cheeks.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are thirteen, midlife crisis, and past. And for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “compound.” And for the Word of the Day Challenge, “striving.”

14 thoughts on “#FOWC — Empty Words Empty Promises

  1. The Haunted Wordsmith July 21, 2018 / 12:06 pm

    We are not the country we once were, that’s for sure. Violating human rights is a daily expectation now. Sad, sad times we live in.

    Liked by 1 person

      • janebasilblog July 21, 2018 / 12:39 pm

        Yes, but it shouldn’t be concealed. Posts like yours raise awareness, and sometimes awareness can change things… although I don’t know what you can do about your heartless President.

        Liked by 4 people

          • janebasilblog July 21, 2018 / 1:36 pm

            I would if I was American, but I live in the UK. My sister-in law lives in Seattle. She’s with you on this.

            Liked by 1 person

  2. Moira July 21, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I hope the ballot box still hold some power, yes VOTE in November.


  3. Marilyn Armstrong July 21, 2018 / 3:38 pm

    I have a feeling that we are reaching a crucial point in this process because Michael Cohen has spilled the beans — and they HAVE THE PROOF. It doesn’t even need to be the special investigator. ANY police department could take this information and go after him.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango July 21, 2018 / 4:33 pm

      We shall see. Rachel Maddow is convinced that the tape was leaked by Trump’s lawyers to take away a card Cohen could play with prosecutors as a get out of jail free card.


  4. Sight11 July 21, 2018 / 8:14 pm

    Irrespective, the damage is done. It’s how quickly can it be repaired, or is it irreversible?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Léa July 22, 2018 / 6:27 am

    The needless pain and suffering caused by Trump and his cabal will not go away. Circular causality, it will carry its scars into future generations. Psychological abuse is the most difficult to heal.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 July 24, 2018 / 11:30 am

    There is no way to know the depths of pain by both child and parents separated…it is such a disgusting piece of our history now. Well written.

    Liked by 1 person

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