On the Shoulders of Men

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As the sand moved between my toes and the dawn sun touched my face, I watched a local farmer driving his herd of cattle along the beach. Ahead a burnout fishing boat lay across their path. The lead animal suspicious shied away, then turned towards the palm trees fringing the shore, taking care to avoid a group of feral dogs. I would pass the day lounging under topical palms. That evening I sundered into a beach shack as the sun touched the ocean, as four men arrived and hoisted the blacken kneel of the boat onto their shoulders. As I dined upon red snapper and naan bread, and listen’ed to a tale of rivalry, and territorial rights, and the dangers of straying into someone else’s fishing area. Over the next few days I watched the local fishermen use a draw net until their small craft was rebuilt. Such where the delights of beach life in Goa.

Genre. My Memoirs.

Michael Humphris.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Moon

    Lovely, evocative story, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Moon, the diverse variety of human life around the world is a rich source of material for writers.

  2. yarnspinnerr

    Goa is such a wonderful place. Loved your take on this one and am would love some pork vindaloo with my Nan bread.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you yarnspinnerr, I would enjoy visiting Goa again, it was a rich source of material for a writer, and the beach food was great

  3. anuragbakhshi

    I love how your memoirs have a story to suit every occasion 🙂

  4. Iain Kelly

    Such a calming scene.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Iain, I did find Goa interesting, had I been single I might have been tempted to become a hippie! And to ride the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

  5. Priceless Joy

    Mike, the prompt photo doesn’t show on your story and I was wondering if this story is written for the FFfAW challenge?

    1. Michael Humphris

      Hi PJ. I have amended the post. I am not sure my the photo did not appear first time, as it did show up in my posting. I did rewrite the story for FFfAW, the prompt picture had reminded me of my time wandering around Goa and Kerala,

      1. Priceless Joy

        Okay Mike. I will have a look as soon as I can. Thanks!

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