The House on the Hill

On every bird there sits a tree
Singing a song of love
AnElephant hopes it is a very small tree
Or an exceedingly muscular dove

This is a weekly invitation to write a short piece of fiction (c. 150 words) based on a photo prompt (below) provided by Joe Owens.
Just click on the link to see a  multi-storied library of tall tales in response to this week’s excellent prompt.
But please first cast an eye over AnElephant’s down to earth contribution.

Copyright Joe Owens

Copyright Joe Owens

The House on the Hill

 Jack built a house high on a hill
His wife kept having children
The rooms filled up with hordes of weans
So Jack just kept on building them

 Every civilisation has its dark secrets.
As the countries of Europe – the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal – colonised the New World, they did unspeakable things.
Their treatment of the indigenous people world wide was nothing short of abominable.
Genocide was often the order of the day, and carried out with indifference.
But another, more insidious practice, was carried out, well into the 20th Century.
Children were taken from their homes, never to see their parents again, cut off from their native culture, and banned from the use of their own language.
They were kept in homes and educated in the ways, and the religions, of the conquerors.
This happened in the USA.
And in Canada, much of it under British rule.

But we do not call this ethnic cleansing.
Oh no, that is what bad people do.

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17 Responses to The House on the Hill

  1. goroyboy says:

    Just as history being written by the victor, those in power decide who the “bad” people are.
    Thanks for the honest history lesson.
    Peace to you.


  2. RoSy says:

    How very sad…


  3. Joe Owens says:

    Ah the social experiments our rulers undertake in the name of “helping”.


  4. emmylgant says:

    The surest way to break down a people is to take away their future.
    Well written and only too true.


  5. Don’t forget our enormous (well, maybe not ENORMOUS, but we all nurture our illusions) contribution to the Tobrianders with our Postura del Misionero. (At least they are said by Kinsley to have gotten a big laugh out of it.)


  6. Sadly, this is true. I live right on the edge of the Navajo Indian Reservation. On my way home from Albuquerque one day, there was a little 7 year old Navajo boy walking on the edge of the highway and it was getting dark. I pulled over and asked him, “What on earth are you doing? This is very dangerous and it is getting dark.” He said he was running away from boarding school and wanted to go to his mother’s. (Most had to go to boarding schools because there were not schools far enough out for them to go to). I put him in my car and took him to safety. This was many years ago but I still wonder about that little boy.


  7. Esther Ling says:

    Australia, too.


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