Thursday, June 18, 2015

A new life



A short piece inspired by the photo prompt and Salman Rushdie quote at A Prompt Each Day and the given words at Three Word Wednesday which are Dead, Threaten and Hungry






*Between 1788 and 1868, approximately 162,000 convicts were transported from England to Australia by the British government. Many were transported for petty crimes; others were political prisoners. Most stayed in Australia with some rising to prominent positions in Australian society. Approximately 20% of modern Australians are descended from transported convicts.


The Twenty-fifth day of August, in the Year of our Lord Eighteen eighty-three.

I sat shackled to the deck and watched the billowing sails as the wind of change carried me to a new life.  I looked back at the black clouds which could no longer threaten me, for my wretched existence thus far lay dead in the water. I was hungry for a future where the sins and bad deeds of my past would be left behind me. A convict, yes, but a spirit freed.

Regrets? Yes. But I will never forget for my memories will be a constant reminder of what is important to me in the years to come. 


Image:Ship Mary L. Cushing by William G. Yorke  via Wikimedia Commons


18 comments:

  1. ooh this just begs for more of the story such a absorbing piece.

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    1. There may just be more! Thanks Sheilagh

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  2. Never read of a convict this hopeful ;) Loved your style of writing and the idea!

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  3. A bright future awaits. A hopeful write.

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    1. I'd like to think so. Thanks for dropping by.

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  4. A fine piece Keith - I always think it ironic that so many Brits now apply to emigrate to Australia - what once was a penal colony is now paradise (asides from the killer insects and snakes)..maybe convicts make for good paradise makers..they know a thing or two I'm sure...and left to them maybe they would have left the aboriginals alone..knowing what it feels like to be punished and marginalised and have to wear a bucket screwed to your head..dear Ned!

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    1. You've made some very good points here Jae Rose. I'm not tempted to set up there myself, but I know many people including relatives who have.

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  5. We need more, what happens then? where does he go in life? how does it conclude?

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    1. I wonder? Thanks for dropping by DEE DEE

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  6. A new beginning! I hope he made it as such!

    betty

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    1. He probably did! I'd like to think so anyway.

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  7. What beautiful prose in such a short piece! Thank you for sharing your gift.

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  8. I think regrets are also important to let us learn our lessons and remind us to be better next time.

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    1. Indeed they are. Thanks for commenting.

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  9. Nice little piece. Hope he makes the best of his situation!

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    1. He went on to brew Fosters lager! Thanks Nick

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