The rush of air was a like a tantalizing taste of something he would never know. The draft surged into the room through the mangled spot on the window’s netting, wafting to and washing over his face. It lifted the hairs inside his nostrils, relieving his nasal senses of the onslaught of the rank smell of lingering perspiration, excrement and fear that pervaded the insides of his cell.
The prisoner felt a prick of tears in his eyes as he took a deep inhalation of the fresh air. The taste of freedom that he had been denied since his captors threw him into this cell surged through his mind. The hope of one day regaining it fluttered alive in his heart. He held on to the hope with all the fierceness of a child to a toy.
The night was cool outside, and the air that filtered in held a promise. And he breathed in and out, staring out through the aperture on the netting at the promise he hoped to one day reclaim.
– Walter Uchenna Ude.
So an acquaintance of mine, Ife Olujiyigbe, did this on her Facebook Timeline last year, and after observing the creative juices that flowed all over that post, I felt inspired to repeat the exercise.
It’s basically this. Look at the picture above, interpret it however you like, and tell us a story of what you have seen. The story may come in prose or poem, whatever literary genre you feel comfortable expressing. Your words have to blow our minds away. And the stories that blow the furthest (one for prose and another for poetry) each wins the modest prize of a three thousand naira airtime from any network of choice.
The exercise will last the rest of the week, and will close on Saturday January 31st. Hopefully, the judges won’t feel too overwhelmed by the beauty of the entries, and be discerning enough to pick a winner on Sunday; the winner who will be announced the following week on Monday February 2nd.
So, guys, go on. Tell us a story.