Wayfarers’ resolve (a FWF – Free Write Friday, journey)

Earlier this week I was reading about what differences define a traveler  from a tourist, and the aspects of being brave to step out of your comfort zone to be a wayfarer rather than just a tourist in ones own life. Started reading some of the translations of Isabelle Eberhardt’s writings, and traveler’s blog, of which I can not recall the name of at the moment.

Happy reading, it is rough and a mess, but that’s the way it’s suppose to be, a single writing run from a free mind.

Today’s post is for Kellie Elmore’s (FWF) Free Write Friday, prompt topic of Resolve/Resolutions. To read other writers’ posts on the topic, and check out Kellie’s site and blog, follow the link below.


Thank you, Kellie.

Wayfarers’ resolve

Standing here on the bow at the edge of this icy world, the passage has closed behind us, and the way ahead, rambling collision of ice, in jumbled tangle of frozen blue. Where can resolve be found, caught out here on these deep northern waters. Might there be more than one resolution to decide upon, or has the ice shelf decided upon revolution to halt our onslaught deep into its domain. For our ship, our lives’ protector! Is but made of wood, with long timbers, masts, sail, rigging and ballast. What resolve can now be found in our freezing minds, we are now held fast, between past and future. Should the ships log now read, “We have sailed ourselves into the darkness of oblivion, and here we rest, waiting to be crushed by that which is more vast in nature than we, the bulk of a floating frigid past.”

Resolutions have been made, as the path ahead is shorter than the way behind, all powder, cannon and ball will be made use of, to set resolve to free us from such a desolate wasteland. As keg after keg and cannon after cannon, rips through the jagged blue platteau, a free path begins to open as black smoke and shattered ice it fills the air. With resolve, we have changed our luck, but a cracking and groaning of timbers follows, we be popped up as if a cork held beneath still waters, the shelf has closed beneath us. So here we now stand high and dry, with an open patha ahead, and still cursed by this vast frozen blue. More resolutions be made, as heavy ropes be lashed and cast over the side, as slowly our minds become dulled to any sensation of thought, but that of fear in not ever making it home.

A shout echoes a call, “Brave men and women take heed, our way ahead is clear, but first we must launch from our current static embrace upon this ridged blue below us, we need to haul ourselves up and out into the new direction.” All hands, we all, take hold with every last fibre of our being, as the once slack ropes pull taught in an instant lurch momentum takes over as the keel grinds across the blue ice with every joint, rib, and plank creaking and groaning along the brigs fifteen year old hull. Shouts begin to run along the line, harder, fast, haul away as many feet slip, slide, and dig in at the resolve to not be beaten, not to remain in a static frozen world were thought will fade, and the sleep weary tire. Music and song begin to find their rhy with male and female voices carrying far out towards an open sea, the sound of the brigs hull embracing the chill water of the new passage to freedom and home fills all of us with excitement, as fast we haul till the stern finds blue water.

We all keep pulling with the thrill of a new day about to start to the edge of the icey shelf, to board, haul rope and make underway into a rising sun, to home, and new adventures. As once again here on the bow, the seas of the mind and world are open spaces for free thought, and new days, what ever the destination, the resolve to move in any direction is the wayfarers’ home, and a traveler’s desire…

9 responses to “Wayfarers’ resolve (a FWF – Free Write Friday, journey)

    • Thanks, Uzoma! The piece is also a mix of allegory, metaphor, so it contains more than one story. Thank you again for your comments, and insights on the post.

  1. You pen like a novelist! A novelist I would definitely read might I add! Your narrative and scene settings are so rich and vivid, I get lost in them and when I reach the end, I want to turn the page for more! AWESOME! Thank you for writing for FWF again!

    • Thanks, Kellie, much appreciated! I’m still in love with short format writing. To tackle a novel, would be an interesting prospect, if a little bit daunting in length.

      My first experiences at writing complete short stories, which only started in May (before that, only bits and pieces). I have until recently, only written heavily in dialogue, but slim/minimal on descriptive narrative. Thus I had been relying on driving the story through the presence of the characters over their environment. A writer friend, Kate pointed out to me that I had a good grasp of how work dialogue, but a little weak in the descriptive side of my writing.

      So with your FWF prompts, I have been disconnecting from being drawn into heavy dialogue and instead flow with what ever descriptive narrative comes to mind. Whether that is sort of a flowing prose, or a running narrative format. Using the FWF’s to skill up, so that my descriptive narratives can punch at the same weight as the characters’ dialogues that I use to drive a story forward.

      The whole writing in a free flow of consciousness has been interesting too, particularly when I run the action, pictures, and voices through my head at that speed while writing. It all gets crisp and clear, fast.

      Thanks again for the opportunity to write for FWF, cheers!

      • Seems we have something in common. I just began attempting more complete short stories rather than drawn out bits of prose and length is definitely a daunting task for me as I am much better with brevity, the short and sweet.

        I like what you said about dialogue; I have an idea for a story, actually have began writing it in hopes it will become a novel at some point however, like you I use dialogue to move it forward and the details, the ‘in-between’ stuff seems to drown out the flow and feel of how I envision it being told. Maybe we should try screenwriting? 😉

        Best of luck in all you do. You are extremely talented and I’m sure whatever your journey, it will be a success.


      • I currently have two complete short stories posted on here, one is “The last Ravine” and the other is “El camino del la roca”. There are also a few others in various state of disarray. They can be found via the short stories page.

        I lean towards dialogue, as I don’t believe in getting overly descriptive in the narrative, due to the feeling inside that I prefer a reader to have the freedom to stretch their own imagination as to how a situation/location looks, with what is playing out in dialogues and conversations. Freedom to choose from with in their own minds.

        Apart from the experiences of the small amount of writing I did as a kid, my first encounter since, was back in 2004 when I started studying multimedia and communications. I wrote a couple of animation shorts’ scripts, though not in a strict format, plus a few other styles of writing for various communication courses. It all adds up over time. 😉

        All the best with the idea for the novel you are working through. Thank you, it’s the converting the talent into a well honed skill that will take the time, I think.

        Hope the book launch for 2013 goes well for you, again all the best with all your writing endeavours you are undertaking.
        Cheers, Sean

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