This week’s theme was The Fortune Teller, and if I had to sum up the week’s contributions I would think the overriding description would be a entertaining cynicism regarding prophecy! Though having said that, there were also some quite lovely and introspective pieces. But I think I will start with the doubters, whose work caused me much amusement
Who could not love the bridegroom in Ancient Rome who used his granddad to extricate him from an unwanted wedding by means of some timeless trickery? Deception featured large in the stories, one poor woman was robbed of her jewellery whilst believing she had found romance, and another two girls were persuaded of their seer’s authenticity when she gave them information she could not possibly known. Unless, of course, she had sat behind them on the bus earlier, listening to their conversation!
Not all our writers were so sceptical. One lady, who prided herself on having tricked a clairvoyant, found the prophesy had come true after all, and yet another seeker, in a delightful twist, married his soothsayer. And yet another, fed up with having that job with his travelling fair, suddenly found he did indeed ‘have the gift’ and was able to enrich himself and his customers.
A young American girl, disillusioned by the awareness that the medium she was consulting was actually her teacher, eventually came to realise through the encounter, that you are in charge of your own life. A good lesson to learn early, I reckon. Another fairground visit ended more enigmatically but optimistically. Only one of our stories figured a male physic, which I found interesting.
We read about an elderly lady on a visit to Gretna Green who accidentally finds she has fulfilled one prophecy, and waits with bated breath to see if another will come true. And a very creepy tale of a brother and sister confronted by an ancient mystic in the dark graveyard. Another piece from the moose hunter’s novel told us more about one of the characters past and how she became involved in the battle.
Another piece paid lip service to the theme with some wonderful puns, but was essential a serious factual piece concerning the history and construction of the Mount Rushmore carvings, and the incredible new ones that are currently being worked on. Illustrated for us, it was interesting and relevant in this time of so much racial controversy about monuments and statues.
As always, we have received some wonderful poems – I am still reeling from the extraordinary Fortune Teller’s AGM, the haunting and lyrical depiction of the power of flowers (both good and bad) and the beautiful and mystical poem with its exploration of the term Seer. And how could you not love, and remember, A gift from me is always a gift for me, a phrase to cherish, surely? Then there was the school girl mulling on whether wrong can occasionally be right, and a storming one on the destruction of our local habitat. I feel the urge to quote again from that one: All done in the name of mendacious cataclysmic cupidity. Couldn’t resist that!
I wish I could do justice to all your work. But I can say thank you, Shorelinkers, one and all, your imaginations and talent certainly light up our locked down world. Next week, again from Alan’s list, I have picked A dream come true for our theme. I hope you will be inspired by it.