Oxidized Industry   11 comments

Dear BJ,

A couple hundred words about Rusty for Trifecta: Week Eighty Three.  I must admit that once I read the prompt I am quite restless until I get some words in the blog.  So color this one done and submitted.

Yours Truly,


P.S.  Take a look at Trifecta here:  http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/

Aerial view of the Ford River Rouge plant near...

Aerial view of the Ford River Rouge plant near Dearborn, Michigan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The old factory stood valiantly on sturdy foundations perched upon a bluff above the powerful River Rouge.  A once vibrant town lay to the West.  When the sun lit the turn of the century bricks they were a dusky reddish brown color that wasn’t easily named.  The aged bricks were pocked and nicked with long cracks creeping through the mortar.  A sultry summer storm approached the town and rain drops sprinkled the empty streets picking up power as they reached the bluff.  Old windows open to the elements by well thrown stones let moisture in to invade the skeleton bearing the weight of the majestic building.  Slowly and with the infinite patience that only nature posses, the dust, flakes and detritus from years of decay trickled down stairways born on rivulets of rainwater.  Along gravity’s path the fluids and pigment swirl and mix moving inexorably towards the river.  The sun fights it’s way through the clouds and illuminates the rusty water as it enters the river.  The waterway flows steadily southward bearing the factory’s forgotten fame and fortune in a new direction much like the industry which used to fuel the town. Now days most of the vehicles produced in the factory are stacked in haphazard rows with their guts picked apart.  Slowly being cannibalized and exposed to the wind and weather. Left to the elements the tired paint erodes to point were bare metal reverts to it’s original state.   I wonder what will happen to the plastics and composites.

Water colored by oxidized iron, Rio Tinto, Spain

Water colored by oxidized iron, Rio Tinto, Spain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Posted June 25, 2013 by Balvah in Trifecta

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11 responses to “Oxidized Industry

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  1. Your writing is brilliant!

  2. I like this piece – the sentiment behind it. One crit . . . please use the word RUSTY instead of rust. You might change it to “rusty water” rather than rust tinted water. Thanks for linking up.

  3. Your imagery is amazing. I am really blown away.

  4. This was powerful in combination with the pictures. What really captured me though was the header picture of your postcard to B.J. Wow! I’m dying to see the front of that postcard.

  5. I can almost picture the old factory as it slowly falls apart. Thanks for posting.

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