Fiction: Confusion

Lillie McFerrin Writes

It was the first day of class, the university was buzzing with first year students, there weren’t enough volunteers to direct the traffic in the overcrowded building.

It was Marcy’s first trip in the city which to her seemed too large, she came from a small fishing community in Fogo, she found a small corner in the corridor sat down and watched all the other students running helter-skelter, is this what university is about she asked herself?

Suddenly she heard a voice from behind, “are you lost, I’m Socrates, you might think who named me, well who else my parents they think the name might influence me to be a Philosopher, did you ever hear such a thing in your life?”

Marcy was tongue- tied how will she respond, there were a million words in her brain, she was unable to speak, Socrates knew the girl was too shy to speak, to make her feel at ease, he told her where he was from and what he wanted to study, he certainly was not in favor of studying Philosophy.

His lighthearted conversation helped her relax, she said very softly, “my name is Marcy,this is my first visit in the city, I like you, I want to be your friend.”

DP Daily Prompt: Make it Count

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You’ve been given the opportunity to send one message to one person you wouldn’t normally have access to(for example: the President, Kim K ardashian, a coffee grower in Ethiopia). Who’s the person you choose, and what is the message?

We hear and read about the President and Kim Kardashian often, but about the coffee grower very seldom or not at all.

I’d choose a coffee grower simply because coffee is a beverage consumed by many all over the world. I’m interested to know about their life as a coffee grower and also I’m eager to know about the coffee beans itself , their economy, profits etc.

The following is my dialogue with a coffee grower in Ethiopia.

Ranu: Who were the first people who recognized coffee in your country?

Coffee Grower: Ehiopian nomadic mountain people were the first people to recognize coffee’s stimulating effect,they did not drink it, they ate the red cherries.

Ranu: Do you know who spread coffee throughout the Middle East?

Coffee Grower: Oh yes we all know it, it was the mystic Sufi pilgrims of Islam who spread coffee throughout the Middle East, from there it spread to Europe and then throughout their colonial empire including Indonesia and the Americas.

Ranu: Why did the price of coffee plummet in 2003?

Coffee Grower: Economic poverty and social conflicts was the main cause.

Ranu: What can you tell me about Arabica coffee?

Coffee Grower: Arabica coffee or jasminum arabicum laurifolia, has always grown wild in the forests of the southwestern highlands of the Kaffa and Buno districts.

Ranu: What is the total are covered by Arabica Coffee?

Coffee Grower: The total area covered by Arabica and other types of coffee is about 400,000 hectares.

Ranu: What is the total production of coffee annually?

Coffee grower: Total coffee production is about 200,00 tonnes of clean coffee per year.

Ranu: Do you still grow coffee in Ethiopia’s mountain forests?

Coffee Grower: Yes, we cultivate coffee in four different systems, which include forest coffee, semi-forest coffee,garden coffee, and plantation coffee.

Ranu: Is Ethiopia the largest coffee producer?

Coffee Grower: It is the third largest coffee producer.

Ranu: How would you describe Ethiopian coffee?

Coffee Grower: It is the most popular coffee origins in the world.

Ranu: In average how much does an Ethiopian coffee grower earn in a year.

Coffee Grower: It’s about US 900 dollars.

Ranu: Thank you, I have learned a lot from you.

Coffee Grower: Do you like our coffee?

Ranu: I’m sorry I drink coffee very seldom, my daughter loves it,especially the Arabica Coffee.



365 Writing Prompts: 2100

The language of the future: What will it be like? Write an experimental post using some imagined vocabulary—abbreviations, slang, new terms.

It would be superb to have a language that everyone feels comfortable speaking and understanding. It would be a beginning of humanity coming together. Too many wars are fought, lives are lost because of disagreements in speech, attires,and looks.

When God created His favorite humans, He wanted them to get along,have a  good life, help each other, so much could be achieved and so little lost, if only we could understand each other.

We are still evolving, we have come to a point where one language is a priority, at first look we might think of it as an arduous task, how can it be, Man has accomplished so many unbelievable assignments which in the past it was difficult to believe, we now have come to a stage when we are trying to sort out why we cannot live peacefully.

One of the barriers is language, if we all used the same words we’d break the blockade that keeps us apart. We’ve already assimilated countless words from other languages and made it our own.

Let me try a sentence from the languages I know: “Aami love vous.” aami–Bengali; love–English; vous–French , translation:Aami=I, love=is love; vous= you.

I’ll write this for now.