Adventure Beyond the Horizon

Thank you to Bradley for a lovely peaceful post-card picture of Hawaii. I can imagine the words, ‘I wish you were here’, written by him while spending a holiday break and enjoying the scene.

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Adventure Beyond the Horizon

I feel the morning peace and warmth of spring, and tranquillity of the waves lapping in the cove. Yet!–it is the horizon that torments me. I am jealous of the floating clouds flying free through the sky from over that line of no return.

My father scrambled up this beach in rehearsal for hell on earth, and I cannot imagine the exhilaration of soldiers disgorging from landing craft and speculating with death, with unwavering conviction.

My inertia wallows on this soft grass as Isabel’s ultimatum invites me to decide.

In solitude, I seek courage to cross over the line.

44 responses to “Adventure Beyond the Horizon

  1. Sometimes, this sort of courage can be dangerous.
    Hope all is fine at the end.

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  2. There’s a lot going on in this, and yet you marshal all the pieces without a hiccup

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  3. Dear James,

    There’s so much going on in this piece. You put it all together beautifully.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  4. It’s hard to imagine beautiful places being hell on earth. It seems against the laws of nature.

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  5. I don’t think anyone, least of all young people of today, can imagine how it felt for those young men to swing into action.

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  6. Over the centuries so much blood must have soaked into sand as people defended or assaulted territories.

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  7. And we think we’re having it bad right now.

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  8. Well done, James. There is much here, indeed.

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  9. what’s he waiting for? just say, yes, dear, and be done with it. 🙂

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  10. “My inertia wallows” is a wonderful turn of phrase. I wonder what “Isabel’s ultimatum” is about? You have my curiosity going. I like how his mind wanders over that beautiful landscape and transports him to his father’s war time acts of bravery.

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  11. We all have such a line. Few dare to cross it.

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  12. This is beautiful, so well done.
    I think if Isabella needs an ultimatum and he thinks these thoughts, then crossing the line would be a huge mistake.

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  13. I like the way you’ve constructed this story. Your protagonist is beating himself up a bit isn’t he? I have a simultaneous feeling that I wish he’d make his mind up, and a desire to know more about him. I wonder if Isobel feels the same?

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  14. there are always lines to be crossed, real or imagined

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  15. This was beautifully written, James.
    Ultimatums are never good. Of course, if he is always complacent, he will never go anywhere, either!

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  16. A brilliant description of inner turmoil while leaving the cause ambiguous. Big decisions, change can be scary.

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  17. Ah, he’s a complicated fella, ain’t he? I wish him freedom and a bit more formulated form than that of passing clouds … 😉

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  18. It seems that he’s going to let his ‘wallowing inertia’ rule him and give in to Isabel’s ultimatum. He should rally some motivation and see what’s over that horizon before he loses his chance.

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  19. A different kind of bravery. The land has seen it all.

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  20. So many feelings in this piece! Peacefulness, calmness, then it turns darker…So much in so little words.

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  21. Lots of threads to pull on in your story – perhaps he’s a man on the threshold of a new life but too timid to take the first step. I loved his envy of the clouds.

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  22. Love the idea of the protagonist being jealous of the clouds floating freely through the sky. What a contrast between his state of mind and that of the soldiers with unwavering conviction! Beautifully written.

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