That Long Hot Summer
prompt words: twilight and hue (synonyms only)
I opted to use a synonym of the old use for "hue," that in "hue and cry." This was the legally required shouting of bystanders to assist in capturing one witnessed committing a crime. It now means, according to The Free Dictionary, "A public clamor, as of protest or demand:" with the example, "raised a great hue and cry about political corruption." "Hue" is thought to come from the Old French word, "huer," meaning outcry or clamor, making "hue and cry" a redundant expression. Enough of that, here's my offering, a tanka prose.
A person can only take so much. Everyone has a point, one point, when the single proverbial straw breaks the camel’s back. In our case, that break came one evening last summer. Not with a straw, but with yet another plea ignored. Then hell broke loose.
the sky bruise purple
when public outcry gained voice
the half-light failing
battle in the streets began
a war no nearer to end
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