This is my response to Crimson’s Creative Challenge #142
The CCC challenge is open for everyone and asks for creative responses like flash-fic stories, poems, pictures, captions, and, and, and… check it out!
I Stand Strong
“I stand strong.
“I triumphed over childhood, a sapling stronger than its siblings, determined and competitive. I raised my arms towards the sun and …”
“Sorry to interrupt, but weren’t you planted?”
“Oh? Uh. Doesn’t change anything.
“Born into servitude, meant to nurture, I gave them parts of me for sustenance.
“I am an island of vitality in humans’ rural wasteland. I provide shade and food, shelter and exile for those unwanted and deemed useless; for those called pests who, unbeknownst to the exploiters, are an essential building block of life in all its many forms.
“Despite all that, I’m now replaced by younger ones, malleable, easy to manipulate, to train. They’re small but precious, limited but striving hard.
“Me, I’m still friend to bee and bird and hedgehog. My mycorrhiza network makes me kin to grass and herb.
“I am alone, not lonely; bent, not broken.
“I stand strong.”