Women: Friday Fictioneers

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photo ยฉ Roger Bultot

Arriving at the art gallery early, they wandered unimpeded around the installation without having to dodge the crowd the exhibit would attract.

“What do you think he’s trying to portray, Geoff?”

“You mean you can’t see it?”

Gloria squinted at the work that looked like fishing nets suspended in mid-air.ย “I can see it but I don’t get it.”

“Wow. I thought it was obvious. The artist is showing women’s bodies. How they are soft, and supple, give pleasure, are of different sizes and shapes. Indispensible for giving life. And yet they’re strong and grounded. Beautiful.”

“Thanks. So I’m a fishing net.”

In response to Rochelle’s prompt for Friday Fictioneers and thanks to Roger Bultot for the photo prompt.





About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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65 Responses to Women: Friday Fictioneers

  1. neilmacdon says:

    That made me smile

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  2. trentpmcd says:

    The unintended consequence of art…

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  3. Sandra says:

    Has she no romance in her soul?

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  4. Ha ha! That would be my reaction too ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. James says:

    I suppose it depends on your perspective. Once an artist creates and displays the creation, he/she loses all control of how people project their personalities upon it.

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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    A fair description perhaps? Good fun Irene.

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  7. Dear Irene,

    It sounds like Geoff has the soul of an artist. Gloria’s a bit more pragmatic. Nicely done.



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  8. Maybe being an empty shell of a fishing net is not a compliment either… the male eye of a female body is not always appreciated.

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  9. calmkate says:

    lol love it, well done … and look at the comments you’re getting ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. Dale says:

    Ha ha! Eye of the beholder and all that… ๐Ÿ˜€

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  11. Ha ha ha. I hate these practical-types ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Ah! I love this. So very perceptive. Well written, Irene.

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  13. Moon says:

    Makes me wonder as to what is more important to a happy relationship, honesty or tact?!
    I loved the spontaneous and very real last line.
    A beautiful take on the prompt, Irene.

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  14. I can kind of see both viewpoints. Great dialogue! And I hope he meant what he said about women’s bodies ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. There are two ways to look at everything! Excellent.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  16. She has the same opinion as me about such art.

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  17. pennygadd51 says:

    Killer punchline, Irene!
    Geoff seems altogether too familiar with the pleasurable aspects of our bodies – I wonder how he knows so much!

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  18. I’m a bit confused – who is speaking what lines? If Gloria is talking to Geoff in the first line of dialogue, who is saying the second line? I think I understand your story, but not sure I know who’s saying what. Is it Geoff at the end who thinks he’s being compared to a fishing net?

    Art demands participation of the viewer, just as any audience brings personal experience and value to all creative works. It’s the risk creators take.

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    • I can see how you are confused. Gloria is speaking first asking Geoff a question.
      second sentence Geoff responds. I should then have put Gloria squinted on a new line (which I will do now) before her next sentence. That should make it clearer. Let me know what you think.
      Yes all creators take that risk including writers.


  19. Jelli says:

    Very interesting interpretation of the exhibit… can’t say it makes much sense to me, though. But to each it says different things. that’s art.

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  20. Me thinks this guy will never win and argument with her. lol

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  21. Dan Bohn says:

    love the last line.

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  22. What a delightful read, Irene. Made me smile. along with all the comments.

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  23. granonine says:

    Ha! Love this. Women as fishing nets. Good grief ๐Ÿ™‚

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  24. I have a sneaking suspicion his attention is often focussed on that subject, that it comes so readily to mind.

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  25. Lynn Love says:

    Love his beautiful interpretation and how she smacks him straight down – funny! Nicely done

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  26. That was a unique look at the photo. But that is the wonder of art. I liked the story very much

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  27. Varad says:

    Guess both arguments have their own merits. But I believe the lady might not have liked the guy’s interpretation.

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  28. Dahlia says:

    I really liked the analogy and the story Irene ๐Ÿ™‚

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  29. Love it. Art is always in the eye of the beholder…or is that beauty. ๐Ÿ˜€

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