I feel as if I’m in limbo. Normally I operate from the ‘here and now’, but everyone is being told, indeed being commanded, to live as in the future. Far ahead, decades ahead, or else! Or else what?
The people in the square shuddered as the person on the platform thundered his instructions. They had been subjected to these rantings many times. They were all dressed identically – black trousers, black hoods – indeed the only colour to be seen was black. Was this the future then? No colour, no light, no life as they had known it. I look around. Was there only me who could see?
I tried to speak to the man standing alongside of me, I tried twice but he did not respond at all. I shouted but it was hopeless. My words were falling on deaf ears. I turned to the person on the other side of me. She stared straight through me. I raised my voice and she slowly turned away. By now panic was setting in. These people were being hypnotised and only I realised it!
Why was I still left alone? I felt under nobody’s spell, like these people. I had been lucky enough to have escaped the brainwashing which had been going on from the stage. Should I escape now while I had the chance?
I ran to my left. People closed in around me, and the threat was intense.
Maureen and Jo – shared story.
© 1st July 2021 Maureen Harrison & Jo Femia