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Je suis Charlie – Friday Fictioneers

January 14, 2015

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Jan Wayne Fields.

dining-room

Je suis Charlie

If I understood how this universe worked then maybe it would make sense. Twelve people die and I’m spared because I was late for work that day? My birthday and I was running late . . .

Why me? What makes me, Renald Luzier, special?

My wife makes dinner, sets the table. With no appetite I stare out the window thinking of questions with no answers. I cry. Why me? I’m a cartoonist! I draw. Like little children, I draw pictures. We were all little children once; didn’t we all draw? When did we lose our innocence and stop drawing?

Ninety-seven words. One reserved for the 17 victims, one reserved for the 21 who were injured, and one reserved as a prayer for peace.

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38 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2015 7:50 am

    Fitting story for the past week. I read only this morning that one cartoonist had overslept and was thus saved, so I’m assuming it is of this person that you write. I’m sure his thoughts and emotions will be going pretty much along the same lines. Well done.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:07 am

      Thank you, Sandra!

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  2. January 14, 2015 8:45 am

    Indeed.. to be the survivor always seems to be hard the question of why you live easily becomes the overwhelming question..

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  3. January 14, 2015 9:21 am

    Strange how many people almost regret living though such trauma by a fluke of time or place or . . . Unlike Sandra, I hadn’t heard about the cartoonist that was late. Poignant take on the prompt. And I like the idea of reserving the three words.

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  4. January 14, 2015 10:54 am

    Heartbreaking. Well written.

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  5. January 14, 2015 11:15 am

    Nicely apropos, Michael.

    janet

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:16 am

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Janet!

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  6. January 14, 2015 5:54 pm

    Yes, heartbreaking and shocking acts.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:17 am

      I agree. The world needs some heartful and loving acts…

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      • January 22, 2015 9:27 am

        You are absolutely right. I think it will take many people doing many loving and heartfelt acts to cover such evil. Even then, can that be done? I hope they can be stopped, and soon.

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  7. January 14, 2015 7:58 pm

    Dear Michael,

    A lot to think about. Well written down to your three reserved words. Je suis Charlie. Je Suis Juif.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:18 am

      Thanks, Rochelle. “Je Suis Juif” – you learn something new everyday so thank you for that as well!

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  8. January 15, 2015 10:32 am

    A well-crafted ode. Nice job. I know people who arrived late at the Pentagon on 9/11 and you’ve captured survivor guilt well.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:21 am

      Thank you, I appreciate that.

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  9. January 15, 2015 11:52 am

    Survivor guilt, always difficult to understand. Timely and well done.

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  10. January 15, 2015 12:07 pm

    Delighted there’s a prayer for peace.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:22 am

      If there is one I’d like to learn it. The more people praying for peace, the more likely we are to actually achieve it.

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  11. January 16, 2015 12:10 am

    Dear Michael,

    Thank you for this memorial piece, so brilliantly and poignantly written. Sometimes there are no answers. Peace.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:22 am

      You’re welcome, Doug. And thank you for the kind comment!

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  12. January 16, 2015 1:11 am

    Touching. Thank you.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:22 am

      You’re welcome. And thank you, Kathy, for reading and commenting.

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  13. January 16, 2015 4:08 am

    So sad. A sensitive and moving tribute.

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  14. January 16, 2015 9:44 am

    Sensitively written. Well done.

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  15. January 16, 2015 5:46 pm

    Michael,
    This seems an appropriate memorial for the fallen cartoonists and other victims in Paris. I especially appreciated your reserves–the three words left unspoken.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:24 am

      Thank you, Marie Gail.

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  16. January 17, 2015 1:03 am

    So heartfelt. All of it so very sad.
    Ellespeth

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:25 am

      It was all too sad. Hopefully we can all see a time where we’re able to move past silly differences and live together as just a bunch of humans.

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  17. January 18, 2015 11:14 am

    Dear Michael, It has been a hard two weeks of sorrow. This was so uncalled for. Why oh why don’t they learn to put their energies toward something constructive? All they want to do is to rule the world – well, you will never rule me. The world is too beautiful to have you in it. Somehow, I wish we could snap our fingers and all the hate would be gone – but I don’t think that can happen. Well done! Nan 🙂

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:27 am

      Thanks, Nan! Fundamentalism in any way isn’t a good thing. It’s sad because we are all of us, with the exception of some cosmetic differences, exactly the same. It’s unfortunate that we let ideological differences pull us apart and make us hate. Maybe if we all snapped our fingers together we could do something?

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  18. Anonymous permalink
    January 18, 2015 3:05 pm

    Very thoughtful tribute. Well done.

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  19. January 21, 2015 6:33 pm

    If you knew not yet, Michael, I saw many interviews and other apparitions by Luz ( his caricaturist / reporter name ) and he is indeed more shocked than even the survivors.
    You can see one on the next Sunday Unity march comforting him.
    He his a doctor by trade, specializing in on-site first answer and yet when he discovered the scene that morning, others EMS had to pull him out as he was rendered useless by grief.

    Senseles feelings of culpability are one of the many facets of PTSD.

    Thanks for finding that specific link to the prompt, Tay.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      January 22, 2015 9:29 am

      Thank you, Tay. No, I didn’t know any of that about Luz. All I know is what I learned from the stories I read.

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