What was built in a day

Photo Credit: Bangor Daily News, Felicia KnightRome may not have been built in a day, but I just went to a music festival that pretty much was!

And a mini-metropolis it was, complete with plumbing, electric, food, and ale even the ancient Romans would re-die for.

Sure, The Gentlemen of the Road tour is no Rome, but it only took hours to construct. Early on, I marveled at plumbers, electricians, roadies, and traffic cops all working in harmony-the true backup to the bands to come. Water lines–while not exactly an aqueduct– snaked their way to and fro offering clean water for over 16,000 people. Enough electric cable to power 68 acres and miles of fencing made their debut in only a day as well.

I could not help but think of the comparison of novels (Rome) to flash fiction (the festival.) Less than 1000 words, and often much less thank that, flash fiction tells a story succinctly. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words, and is said to have called it his best work.

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” E.H.

What can take others aqueduct-length lines to get their point across, Hemingway made it look simple in six little words. His story offers both a casual format and hours of possible contemplation. The Gentlemen of the Road tour and their roadies produced a Hemingway-like feat, offering me hours of contemplation as well. Here is my attempt at flash fiction:

The sparkly Lycra tights were unforgiving, and the gray hairs thick with sweat plastered her head tired from years of rhythm and blues and Aqua-net. Still she danced, turning toward the bright lights and youthful faces and screamed, “Freebird!”

Not quite E.H. But then again, Rome wasn’t built in a day~

Go ahead, give it a shot. I’d love to read some of your flash fiction.

Photo Credit: Felicia Knight, Bangor Daily News

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7 Responses to What was built in a day

  1. joan chandler says:

    This is too much of a challenge for me at the moment. Flash fiction is something I have to spend lots of time on. Is that an oxymoron?
    However, your description of the setting up of a concert did remind me of something similar, a feat I will marvel about forever:
    A few years ago, some friends took me to Boston to see “Miss Saigon”, the brilliant and poignant musical about the Vietnam War. The story was beautiful, the singers were amazing talents, the songs clever and funny and sad and inspiring. But for me they all paled beside the stage itself. In the blink of an eye, the setting changed in front of us ….. a hut set in the steamy jungle, realistic tropical fronds waving; to the garish lights of Saigon, blinking neon, soldiers and call girls and citizens crammed around a showman con artist in his Cadillac; to the thundering arrival of a military helicopter; to the iron fences imprisoning the masses. I constantly thought, “How did they DO that?”
    Thus, the producers were able to condense years of fighting and death and frustration into about three hours in which I was mesmerized. Flash fiction at its most special. 🙂

  2. Sally Sally says:

    So interesting, Joan. Would love to see THAT!

  3. margaret says:

    Love your flash fiction Sally i can totally picture the whole story…you really make me think!

  4. Trudy says:

    Ancient Rome, a state-of-the-art concert, and Hemingway. It’s all tied in a neat package. I always enjoy your interesting slant on things. Good writing, Sal.

  5. Sally Sally says:

    I like a bow-tie ending, Trudy. Thanks for reading my blog. SLW

  6. Mary-Jane Wright says:

    So much fun watching that being built. Nice way to warp up a fun weekend with a blog of great description

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