26 Apr 2012

A - Z Writing Challenge: X

The letter for today is: X, where I feature xenophobia and xylophone.

After a reported bombing somewhere in the world, people tend to draw into themselves. Xenophobia runs through the population in England, where almost every nationality is represented. People tend to distrust someone from that faraway land and wonder if more bombs could be under construction amongst their neighbors nearby.
Things are very different in another part of the world.
My memory of Bali, the Indonesian island in the Pacific Ocean, brings back the distinctive smell of coffee and the ringing sound of the xylophone. The native people, dressed in ancient-style costumes, act out plays with jerky movements accompanied by a band consisting of a large group of xylophones.
I'd rather listen to xylophones played by happy people than fall prey to xenophobia.


  1. I have a fear and distrust of wood-based percussion instruments made by other cultures -- I'm Xyloxenophobic.


    Great words! I really like your A-to-Z theme! And thank you so much for the visit and comment on my blog as well!

  2. I'm with you. Let's all go somewhere people trust each other!


  3. I'm learning what Xenophobia is today, as I've run across a couple other blogs that wrote about it. A great word. I did not know what it meant until today. The A-Z challenge is not only fun and exhausting, but educational. :-) Thank you!

  4. Nicely done X. Would be nice to not have to experience any xenophobia! Love the xylophone photo. Have never seen one like that!

    Anna@Herding Cats & Burning Soup

  5. Bali smells like coffee?? I must go!

  6. Great words! I definitely prefer music over distrust! :)

  7. I love the contrast of these two worlds . . . England and Bali. I remember being shocked in England about 8 years ago to see a 'proper Englishman' berating a young woman who looked like she was from India, telling her to go home! Bali is a beautiful and peaceful island; its people are primarily Hindu while Indonesia proper, predominantly Muslim. Though Indonesia recognizes six different "official" religions, some violent confrontations have occurred there over religion in the last two decades.

  8. I like how you tied the two things together at the end. Short and sweet. Made me smile!


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