Mutiny on the Island
by M P Ericson
Copyright 2011 M P Ericson
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Far out on the ocean there floated, like a coconut, an island. It was not large, but palm trees grew on it, and its sandy shore sank into a lagoon where shoals of fish swam.
There was food enough for a village, and a village there was. A cluster of huts hid among the swaying palms, caressed by the tropical breeze.
In the centre of the village stood a meeting-house. There sat all the people of the island on their palm-leaf mats, listening to the storyteller.
"Long ago when earth and sky first met, there was no water." The storyteller had a voice like that of waves sweeping the shore, and hands like circling seagulls. "Without the ocean there were no fish, and without rain nothing grew. Yet there was a village, led by a man of great wisdom, like our own most revered chief."