Wednesday, June 16, 2010


A Vision For The Future
Al Bruno III

“There are CREATURES that come from beyond reality
From beyond the realms of TIME and SPACE
Beware THEM for THEIR purposes are unfathomable”

The Kriely Fragments
Sixth canto
Translator unknown

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Sheku Banjah tried to keep the class busy but the children were tense and distracted. He stood at the front of the one room schoolhouse, framed by the maps of the African continent and Sierra Leone on the walls. He kept the questions easy and gave away pieces of candy for each correct answer. The schoolhouse had been a farewell gift from the Peace Corps workers that had visited almost a decade a go. The people of the village of Kono did their best to keep it in repair, doting on it with the same amount of care and reverence they had for their place of worship.

Usually the classroom was loud and busy but today Sheku’s students were all nervous glances and halting replies. The adults of the village had tried to shield the children from the chaos erupting in Freetown but they knew; they heard whispers of the wholesale slaughter committed in the name of the Revolutionary United Front. They snuck radios to their beds and listened to the news from under the covers. They had all seen that man stagger into their village a week ago, his dark skin pallid with blood loss, his arms and lips hacked away...

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed reading this.

    Thanks for your comment on my Christina post.