PHOTO PROMPT © Fatima Fakier Deria

Last night the boy dreamed of two boats. One arrived filled with hot dogs and ice cream and even boxes and boxes of Tootsie Roll Pops—his favorite. The other boat arrived with toys he’d seen on TV – Xboxes, Legos, Play-Doh.

The street was empty and silence rang in his ears. He approached the boats to look closer, hoping to find the only thing he really wanted.

“Papa? Did you come for me?”

The man on the boat turned.

He woke from his dream,  an orchestra of cries surrounding him.

I want Mama!

Where is my Papa?

99 Words

Please click HERE to read about the similarities I see to another period in our history when we used “camps” for “security” purposes — a period when, as a child, my own mother was placed behind barbed wire. But, at least she was permitted to stay with her parents.





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34 Responses to Orchestra

  1. Dear Jan,

    This breaks my heart. I went to minute 5 on the video and could only listen for a couple of seconds before wanting to throw up. “New communities?” “Nourishing food?” And, as always, the youngest and most helpless are the victims, aren’t they? There are too many similarities. A generation hasn’t passed away before history is repeated. 😦



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    • Jan Morrill says:

      The attempt to spin something like this positively obviously continues today. I watched Fox News last night just to see what was being said and it sickened me, like the video sickened you. If that’s all people watch, it’s no wonder our country is split in two.


  2. neilmacdon says:

    Nicely rendered outrage

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  3. Iain Kelly says:

    I like how you have channeled your anger. Looking on (from over the ocean) slightly bemused and horrified by the whole thing. Stop illegal immigrants by all means, but what good does it do to separate children from their parents? Very upsetting to see the footage, and the similarities are scary.

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    • Jan Morrill says:

      Thank you, Iain. Yes. We must do something about the illegal immigration problem. But so many spout that “whining” about the separation of children from their parents equates to wanting open borders. What a ridiculous leap. But sadly, many succumb to that propaganda.

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  4. trentpmcd says:

    Very powerful.

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  5. StuHN says:

    I’m glad you did this. We need to stop this madness before it goes that final step. I wish “undocumented” would replace the word “illegal”, but people’s minds are set.

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    • Jan Morrill says:

      Stu, there have been so many times I’ve thought we need to stop the madness, but we keep sliding. I also wish some of the news media would quit using the word “alien” in place of “immigrant.”

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  6. James Pyles says:

    Not difficult to divine your inspiration.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. jillyfunnell says:

    I find the news of the separated children absolutely horrific. Can’t believe this can happen, after all we should know.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Really well done. When jingoism become policy, everyone loses.

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  9. pennygadd51 says:

    Your story is heart-rending. You’ve constructed it beautifully out of the longings of a child, and its message simply explodes. That’s truly excellent writing, Jan.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. 4963andypop says:

    Which was the nightmare? Welll done.

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  11. Dale says:

    I echo everyone in saying this was superbly done (my country won’t let me see the video but I gather I would only have gotten more angry…)

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  12. What a powerful tale Jan, I feel for you, and thousands of those poor kids. Terrible terrible terrible.


  13. Just yesterday, UK news was dominated by reports and sound recordings of distressed children currently being held in cages on the US-Mexican border. Sad, cruel, heartless.

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  14. csheldonblog says:

    So relevant to what is going on in the world today. Brillant work x

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  15. Jelli says:

    Soul-gripping write this week. I can’t speak much of the current situation without thinking of how many times I was ‘yanked’ from my Mom’s arms and shoved off to yet another foster home…always a stranger in exile, it seemed. Can’t watch the news without tears and memories these days. It absolutely sickens me.

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  16. lisarey1990 says:

    This is gorgeously written Jan. So much emotion and very moving. Relates a lot to what is happening in the world right now sadly. A very powerful piece.

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  17. Heartbreaking and very powerful

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  18. Well done, Jan. So much sadness.

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Dahlia says:

    Heartbreaking. The other article has me in tears…

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  20. A moving tale that reflects true situations. Very sad but well-written!

    Liked by 1 person

  21. The nightmares of the children call out to us!

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Jan Morrill says:

    I had family (daughter and new grandbaby!) in town during the last week, so have not been able to read everybody’s stories. My apologies! I hope to get to them in the coming week. Thank you for all of your comments! 🙂


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