Weekend Prompt #87 -Ignite

Published December 29, 2018 by rochellewisoff

It’s all Dale’s fault. She’s been doing this challenge for a while now. I thought, “17 words, I can do this, right? Of course right.” If you’d like to try it, it’s led by Sammi Cox

Missionaries’ flames ignite to kill the Indian, but save the child.

America the beautiful?


Identity theft?

34 comments on “Weekend Prompt #87 -Ignite

  • This subject is so well covered in 17 words!!! As someone who has worked with Native Americans through my years as an archaeologist, I have felt empathy for the tribes and anger from them. It’s a Catch 22. Because they have been stomped on, mowed down by Gatling guns, had their children stolen, skin turned into lampshades … Oh, I digress. Evidently, your wee story stirred something up. Well done.

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    • Dear Lish,

      Lampshades??? That’s too close to the Nazi Holocaust for comfort. As I’ve been researching for my book, the more disturbing American history I’ve learned. My consolation is that my people were overseas in Eastern Europe being persecuted for being Jewish. Craziness.

      Thank you for your affirming comments on my 17 words.




      • Namaste Rochelle 🙂

        My pleasure Rochelle. Violet Lentz highlights your keen interest in history, and whilst individuals always have more than one string to their lyrical bow, it is our passions that speak most often in our words.

        I hope you’ll continue to participate in Sammi’s Saturday Challenge: a growing community of writers/poets brought together by a common denominator and supportive of each other. The diversity of work is appealing, the standard always inspiring, the Challenge a

        Go in Love, Live in Peace. Namaste 🙂


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  • So sad and yet such a common tale for indigenous people. I believe the Australian authorities and missions were still removing mixed race children from their families until the 1970s. What crimes committed in the name of ‘civilising’ people? A tragic 17 words

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      • Depressing, how late some of these practices persisted. Generations will be suffering under these attitudes still. I’d like to say we live in more enlightened times, but when big business is still allowed to dispossess native peoples from their lands for the sake of money, I’m not so sure. Always a pleasure to read your fiction, Rochelle

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  • Astonishing use of the 17 words, Rochelle. Truly a distillation of many layers of meaning, regarding the appropriation of native peoples’ own identities. I find it hard to accept that some missionaries believed they were being righteous and bringing benefit.

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    • Dear Francine,

      This was my first attempt at this challenge. I’m happy that it worked, but not happy about what has been done to the Native American people. I should think missionary work would mean giving something rather than robbing. At any rate, I’ll stop rambling and say, “Thank you.” Happy New Year.




  • Rochelle. I saw this Saturday, so tired, couldn’t remember how to get back into wordpress. Have added a book to my bag with all my passwords and such so it doesn’t happen again. Love the poem. So very true. I love that missionaries are so exuberant to spread God’s love… but it needs to be tempered with wisdom and cultural awareness. Love the pics, too. shalom, Jelli

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