When Great Trees Fall – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.

Image © Liz Young Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers Challenge only. Any other use of this image requires Liz Young’s permission. Thank you for the image!

When Great Trees Fall

Back on Mars, trees were precious, revered, irreplaceable.

Like my brother.

Firmly rooted and salubrious–like a tree–he protected my sister and me since the day we were born.

Yet transplanted to this planet, Earth, he fell.

“When great trees fall, 

rocks on distant hills shudder…”*

When enemies threatened, he dove between us and their weapons: a living shield.

“When great souls die,

the air around us becomes

light, rare, sterile.”*

The loss is crushing. All laughter died. Remembering him, however, brings smiles through tears.

“They existed. They existed.

We can be. Be and be

better. For they existed.”*

(100 words)

* ©Maya Angelou

Initially I only wanted to use one line from Maya Angelou’s beautiful poem ‘When Great Trees Fall’ but there were so many lines that fitted what I wanted to tell in this little story so perfectly that I picked a few more. You can read the whole poem here: https://africa.si.edu/2014/05/when-great-trees-fall%E2%80%A8%E2%80%A8-by-maya-angelou/

35 thoughts on “When Great Trees Fall – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

    1. Thank you so much. It’s a kind of an outtatk/impression from something longer I’ve been working on for ages.


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