Kristan Hoffman

writing dreams into reality

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Plaça de Catalunya

10-26 Barcelona 007

A sunny day stroll through Plaça de Catalunya. The square anchors one end of Las Ramblas, so it flows with citizens and tourists, to-ing and fro-ing, talking and shopping. Beneath a ponderous blocky sculpture, pigeons ring around a pond. As I stoop down to snap a photo from a different angle, a large seagull swoops down and attacks a gray pigeon standing off by itself. Beak on wing, squawking, gnawing. I’m horrified by the bird-on-bird violence, relieved when the seagull flies off. But then the mangled pigeon flops forward into the pool. I walk away, not wanting to see it struggle and drown.

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2 Comments

  1. Juliann

    Yikes! Powerful description. I think this could give me disturbing dreams. What imagery.

  2. Really like the photo. Sounds like the seagull has an attitude about the pigeons. It is a great short story though.

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