Carly’s Call

Prompt: Google maps, Gurara Waterfalls, Nigeria



Kelvin M. Knight

There was a rawness to this waterfall, a rawness of power yet a purity of purpose. This occurred to Carly as she stood here, statuesque. To flow, to flow regardless, to continue flowing, sweeping everything aside, sweeping everything along, effortlessly, irrespective of the consequences – how joyous this body of water must be.

Carly swayed as the water surged. She felt something surging inside her, something beautiful, something amazing – a dance she could never perform, a dance she wanted to learn.

‘Here,’ she sang. ‘Now!’

Carly slid her feet across glistening stone, tiny circles, huge arcs. Her arms lifted. She felt connected to this water. She felt free. For the first time her troubles vanished.

How joyful this spirit of water was. Feeling joy roaring through her soul, Carly threw her arms wide. Flowing, sweeping, swirling, dancing – life was love, and love was living.

Grinning wildly, Carly sank to her knees.

(150 words)

Message from Karen Rawson, What Pegman Saw host:

This week Pegman takes us to Nigeria. Feel free to use the location chosen or chose from one of the many photo spheres available throughout the country of Nigeria. if you drift over to Lagos along the southwest shore, you’ll also be able to take a streetview.

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24 thoughts on “Carly’s Call

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  2. A deceptively simple tale. There’s a pure joy you conjure here, a simple, animalistic pleasure in something so simple. Conveyed clearly, in brilliant colours, it captures a bubble of pleasure Carly hasn’t experienced often in the past. Vibrant Kelvin

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  3. That’s a fascinating story, Kelvin. You use very powerful imagery to conjure up the sense of joy that Carly felt, and you achieve that very effectively. There is a blend of joy and risk here. Carly is allowing herself to be caught up in the power of the waterfall that is “sweeping everything aside, sweeping everything along, effortlessly, irrespective of the consequences”. What a dangerous place to be. What an exhilarating place to be. Great writing!

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  4. I think Carly and my main character for this prompt had a similar rejuvenation from this murky river! Way different but sorta similar in refreshment –
    And with Carly….
    When she was done-
    She looked down and said –
    “Now where is my soap?”
    Hahha –

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  5. Dear Kelvin,

    As a waterbaby, I felt the sway and swoosh of the water within myself. You captured the joy and freedom of the waves. A masterpiece and definitely one of my top faves of yours. Well done.



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