A World Divided

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Ansley Louis
Professor Matthew McEver
English Composition 1101
September 20, 2015
A World Divided The crystal blue waterfalls and crystalized sand shimmered as it fell through our hands. Beautiful people came from around the world to glimpse famous people visiting the island, or to get away from the hardship and stress of their everyday lives. As for me, I saw the poverty of Nassau, Bahamas. Desperate people crowded the straw market and stared across the bridge at Atlantis where vacationers slept in Mahogany furnished rooms with luxurious bedding. Why did the residents have to live the way they do, sleeping on dirt floors? Into the night, the brilliant lights of Atlantis became a world miles away, but out of grasp. We approached the market eager to do some local shopping. Hundreds of vendors brought everything they created to start their marketing line. We live in the U.S., where items are ready-made and disposable, and, if something breaks, we buy a new one. I began thinking about my Michael Kors sunglasses that I had broken on the boat and how I was going to order a new pair when I arrived home. This venue, this world I walked into, was a world that required thought and imagination, of taking the very least commodity they had and turning it into a marketable item to sell, not for the latest technological device or new shoes, but to put food on the table. It humbled me immensely. Louis 2
I approached an elderly man, who looked to be about eighty years old. He dressed in modest clothes, dirty and completely barefoot, took the dried corn shucks from his field and weave them tenderly into beautiful flowers and intricate baskets. Endlessly, he laid each piece of corn stalk in its appropriate place, and I felt the pride he had in his work. It must have taken him hours to make one basket. He had the time and patience I wish I had. I kept…...

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