Sunday Photo Fiction: Babel Falling

I was curiously studying the buildings downtown. Especially a building shaped like an elongated pyramid. It was under construction and would be the tallest building there was. It felt out of place to me. Like the Tower of Babel  built to the heavens. I think it was a mistake to build it so high. 

It made me think of the pyramids where the Egyptian Pharohs were buried. Pyramids built by slaves who toiled and died. It was hard work to toil so high in the sky. This tower also made me think of the Inca’s and the ziggurats on which they sacrificed an innocent person, cutting out their hearts for their blood thirsty gods.

I observed something was wrong high up on the elongated pyramid. I heard the squeak of steel and I cringed when I heard the breaking of glass shattering. Pieces of the building began to plummet to the streets below. I tried to avoid them. The closer the pieces come, I understand. I am a sacrifice. The tower of Babel is falling. That is what happens when you pay only enough money for near slave labour. I cast my eyes to the heaven in prayer as a piece of metal silences my thoughts. 

Alistair Forbes

Thanks to Alastair Forbes for hosting SPF.


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22 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Babel Falling

  1. mihrank January 24, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    This is indeed an interesting vision, approach for this project..

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      • mihrank January 24, 2016 / 11:01 pm

        wow – I am interested in this idea, if there is anything I can do to help,let me know..

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  2. Joy Pixley January 24, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Interesting idea, to connect our modern “monuments” to those ancient ones!

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  3. rosemawrites January 25, 2016 / 1:33 am

    Oh! This is such a unique interpretation to the photo. Great, as always, Mandi!

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  4. jacquelineobyikocha January 25, 2016 / 2:53 am

    I like this. It captures the misery that those poor slaves poured into their work which permeates modern times.


  5. Fun Simplicity January 25, 2016 / 3:15 am

    Love the way you relate it to all the ancient unfortunate stories. This modern pyramid is just as tragic as the ancient ones. Great story! 🙂

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  6. Priceless Joy January 25, 2016 / 2:29 pm

    This is great! The ending is very striking (LOL. No pun intended). Makes me think of the saying, “You get what you pay for.”

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    • mandibelle16 January 25, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Thank you PJ. Yes, indeed you need to treat your trades people well and pay them sufficiently or else…


  7. Lorraine January 25, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    The odd building looked out of place like a child vying for attention in a crowded room!

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  8. luckyjc007 January 27, 2016 / 5:55 am

    Proof that buildings can be the biggest, attractive, built by many and still can not measure up to others.Wonderful story.

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    • mandibelle16 January 27, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      No especially if they are built wrong because you skimped on the labour! Of course, I’m glad the Shard is actually built well 🙂 Thanks for your comments Jessie.


  9. Sunday Fiction January 30, 2016 / 1:24 pm

    Their world did indeed come crashing down. I like the way you told it, and the superstitions. “As a piece of metal silences my thoughts” I love the finality of that.

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