Kristan Hoffman - Writing Dreams Into Reality

Thu Jan 3 2013

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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  1. Juliann says:
    Thu Jan 3 2013 at 1:01 PM

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

  2. Joelle Wilson says:
    Thu Jan 3 2013 at 2:58 PM

    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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