FFfPP — Formerly Known As Lady Liberty

A8722CFC-1022-4496-8C58-7913A625ACF6“What is that?” Alex’s five-year-old grandson asked him as the tour boat passed the small island with the large statue on it.

“That is Statuya Svobody, Dimitri,” Alex responded.

“What does that mean, grandpa?”Dimitri asked.

“It’s Russian, and loosely translated, it means The Statue of Liberty” Alex said. “That was its name when it was presented as a gift to the United States from France in 1886.”

“Why Russian and not English?” Dimitri asked.

“Back in 2023, the then president of the United States declared himself to be emperor and shredded the American constitution. Three years later he negotiated a deal with the president of the Russian Federation that essentially enabled Russia to annex the United States and our country’s name was changed to the Russian Federation of America, or R.F.A.,” Alex explained.

“Since then, a lot has changed,” Alex continued. “Washington, DC became New Moscow, all of the history books were rewritten, and anyone voicing opposition was subject to imprisonment.”

Dimitri didn’t really understand what his grandfather was talking about and, growing bored, he asked Alex to buy him an ice cream cone.

Alex was relieved. He knew that the penalties for talking to anyone about pre-Federation America were harsh.

(200 words)

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Morguefile.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Another Brick in the Wall

60c94531-4cb2-456f-bccf-da43004c146dParents on one side, children on the other. A wall with no gap in between.

Will the thawing of the hard, evil hearts who support this inhumanity ever be seen?

The president is digging in his heels on his wall and doubling down.

While he gleefully puts hundreds of thousands out of work in his government shutdown.

Lady Liberty must surely be crying.

The foundations upon which our great country was founded are dying.

Yet Trump’s political cronies are providing cover and protection.

What voters must do is voice our rejection.

(Exactly 91 words)

40710f6b-665c-4a76-b0ba-105aa364fcaeWritten for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “foundations” in exactly 91 words. Also for these one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (children), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (wall), Daily Addictions (gap), and Word of the Day Challenge (thawing).