Refuses to Hate – No More Violence

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During the night the people of the village confiscated all of the weapons of the white explorers, and buried them in the earth, under a shed. It would be impossible for the whites to find them once they woke up. The people also found all of the science, and navigational equipment on the ship, and destroyed each piece. Sound travels far at night, so they needed to be quiet. Then they lowered the equipment, slowly into the sea.

When the work was done the people gathered quietly, holding torches, in front of the Captain’s cabin. The Inuit young women that had been held there, snuck out one by one. The Inuit stood as one voice (more than a hundred), men women, and children, waiting for the sun to rise, waiting to confront the whites.

When the time came, one of the explorers stepped outside to relieve himself, and got the shock of his life. He called out, “Captain! We have a problem!” There was a lot of movement, and rustling within the cabin, and one of the men yelled, “They stole our guns!”

Once the explorers were outside, the Inuit were silent. You could cut the tension with a knife. Someone from the Inuit crowd yelled, “You should leave now!” But the Captain just laughed at the comment, and that is when the Inuit men could stand it no longer. They rushed the white men, grabbed them and began punching, kicking, swinging clubs, spitting, and even biting them. It was a horrible scene. The Captain was especially targeted, with at least a dozen men trying to kill him.

All of the whites would have been killed, if had not been for Refuses to Hate interceding, she yelled, “Stop!, No Stop!”, but she could not be heard over all the noise. Finally she inhaled, and yelled at the top of her lungs, “IF YOU KILL THEM, THEN WE BECOME WORSE THEN THEY ARE!”

The Inuit froze. Punches stopped in midair. Clubs paused, and then the men backed up. There would be no more violence in this village. The Captain had to be carried away, but the whites did leave on their ship, never to be seen again.

In fact, they were never seen by anyone again. Rumor has it there was a terrible storm at sea, just 3 days later, and all of them perished. They had been punished, just as the prophecy had said.

          

I hope you have enjoyed this series!

I am writing an epilogue about Refuses to Hate, and her descendants, and will post it tomorrow!

         

Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

L’Hermione

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At 148 feet long, with a crew of 78 and more than 50 volunteers, the French Frigate L’Hermione made a triumphant entry into Philadelphia recently. L’Hermione was just one of the many ships there that day, for Philadelphia’s Tall Ship Festival.

This ship may look old but it’s actually brand new! It is a replica of the original L’Hermione that brought Lafayette over with help from the French government during the American Revolution. The fact is, if it had not been for France, there probably would be no USA. I think we often forget to thank France for their help – so thank you France!

If you have a chance to see the ship, it is well worth the effort. They are on a tour of the East Coast and I believe they are in Boston right now. They do, from time to time, fire some of their 32 cannon (like in picture above). Once they docked in Philadelphia, the crew sang to the crowd in French.

One nice thing about this festival is that it had a very international flavor. One of the largest ships was from Portugal, others were from Nova Scotia, and Spain. The opening ceremony had the national anthems of four nations sung, they included France, Canada, Portugal, and the US.

Even though we can romanticize history too much, and make it seem glorious, these ships are magnificent. They can inspire both young and old, to dream of adventure, and maybe even write, a story or two.

Peace.

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Commentary and Images © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Sailing

Clipper Ship

Remember that time we went sailing in Canada?

sails filled with promise,

winds of freedom and adventure,

waves tossing us and we loved it!

on the deck, holding on.

You told me you loved the way I looked,

was I beaming?

I was star gazing when I looked into your eyes,

sometimes though the winds are not always kind,

the waters can be rough

storms,

let’s make sure we never lose

our sense of wonder,

our sense of adventure,

even when sailing unchartered seas.

Hope shining like the sun.

Poetry © Copyright 2014, nicodemasplusthree