Speakeasy #136

Speakeasy prompt # 136:

The smell of smoke lingered in the air.  The fire at the museum had raged for several hours, finally dominated we all stood around lost in our personal sense of mourning.

Ours was not a large important museum, most of our pieces were works of art contributed over the years by the citizens of our small town.  No William Blakes or Leonardo da Vincis.  The economic loss would be covered by our fire insurance of course.

I mourned the fine collection of haiga made by our local Girl Scout’s way back in ’88, long before haiga was popular in the United States. It was scout mother Kiko Mafune who had given the troop their lessons in Japanese drawing and calligraphy.  She’d been a great woman.

What about the wonderful collection of papier-mache dolls made by Milly Spinsworth from 1944 until her death in 1998. There had been 51 dolls. Every sort of doll imaginable all dressed up in the hand sown garments Milly herself had sewn.

Even the building had been a part of our town’s history and had been donated by James Foreburne to the community for just this purpose in 1935.

No, the economic loss would easily be covered, but the loss to the community, it’s bits of personal history, the memories of our citizens that are now gone forever these can never be replaced.


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10 thoughts on “Speakeasy #136

    • cool…hope you were able to find haiga, I should have made a link as I usually do for obscure words! I agree, it would have been a tragic loss for any community.


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