Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Post 1556. Sunday June 24

Sunday Photo Fiction

Before starting I feel I must thank all of those that read my recent 100-word story 'An Empty Bottle'. In eleven years of writing on this blog, never before has one of my little tales received so many visits! Thank you also for the dozens of encouraging comments you left in its wake.



A child picked up a little acorn and planted it on a grassy bank. Soon after a sturdy sapling reached for the sun, soaked up rain and steadfastly resisted the wind. In time became a mighty oak. Over the years it looked on as successive generations came and went.

Children climbed branches that played host to birds which wove intricate nests amid the twigs and leaves. Hearts were carved into its bark by couples declaring their undying love. Squirrels scampered up and down carrying cargos of nuts whilst brightly painted woodpeckers rat-a-tatted hollows in the mighty oak’s massive trunk.

From the coldest winters to the hottest summers, it took everything in its stride never failing to produce a canopy of green with every new spring and a palette of extraordinary colours in autumn.

But recently it’s received a threat, for the field which has been its home for a hundred years is to become home to a hundred new dwellings.



A child picks up a little acorn from beneath the fated tree and plants it on another grassy bank. Over the next hundred years, it will grow into a mighty oak that his children and his children’s children will climb, lovers will carve and creatures make their home.









For Sunday Photo Fiction where the picture prompt is provided by Eric Wicklund


23 comments:

  1. When one tree falls, another rises -- or at least, we would hope. Nice story!

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    1. Increasingly this is so - fortunately. Thanks Joy

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  2. oh, I like this tale very much, Keith :)

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  3. Hope from despair. Well done.

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  4. Ah a repeating history...
    I got here from the link on your other post. :)

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  5. This is lovely! (except for the development). I've never been a fan of knocking down all of the trees in order to put up houses even if it is the most efficient way for them to build.

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  6. What a pro environment story! Nicely written too, Keith.
    Read mine at https://neelwritesblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/neelwritesinhidingspffiction200words26062017/

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  7. UGH to the developments. They're doing that here and it's making the schools overcrowded and causing so many other problems.

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    1. Exaactly the same here which is what insired me to write te story. Thanks Kristi

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  8. What a lovely story and so sad that humans take over the where beautiful trees have put their roots.

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    1. It is indeed. Thanks for dropping by Marja

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  9. A thought provoking piece. Humans never seem to look at the bigger picture.

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  10. A lovely story about the workings of the natural world, Keith. It will survive. It's us who need to be careful. We need it more than it needs us. Good writing. :) --- Suzanne

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    1. Wise words indeed Suzanne. Thank you.

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  11. And so "progression" destroys more of nature. Good that the kid set the future for most other people

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