It’s Art – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

The Friday Fictioneers is a writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog.

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It’s Art

“This is art?”

“Yup, it’s part of an installation called ‚Humans‘.”

“Huh? What’s human about that? Looks like a pile of trash to me.”

“That’s what defined and destroyed them, didn’t you know? The artist shows their wastefulness. They littered their oceans so terribly that they even named the floating trash. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch! It must have been horrible.”

“No, I didn’t know that. Yeah, well, their loss, our gain, isn’t it? We’re not like them.”

“Right. We’re guardians, not destroyers. But a reminder of what can happen doesn’t hurt us either.”

“Alright. You convinced me. It’s art.”

(100 words)

53 thoughts on “It’s Art – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Indeed, guardians not destroyers. When will we learn? A timely tale. Over here the IPCC report is being widely publicised – but not clear if it will lead to real change. People do not like their lifestyle choices and investments being challenged.

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    1. Thank you! It’s shocking, isn’t it? Add to that all the waste on land, toxic, plastic, cigarette butts, other… and all of it is, sooner or later, washed into the oceans where much of it remains… for tens of thousands of years and longer. We really try to subdue the earth, don’t we? We won’t, because we’ll kill ourselves first.

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  2. Timely tale. Talk is cheap and disposable like the trash we create. There are small steps, like the one thing challenge — to change one thing in your life style for the environment. And, one hope, the next generation seems to be more activists about climate change and global warming. After all, they, like the guardians, will inherit our mess. (oops, I feel one of my rants coming on . . .)

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    1. Rant away! It’s not like we didn’t protest and work for the environment 30+ years ago already, but some things got better, others got forgotten and the extent of climate change wasn’t clear to most of us. And now we got lazy and sated. The kids need the backup.
      I think every little bit helps. Of course companies and politicians have the biggest impact, but we all could do things like eating less meat, avoiding plastic, cutting back on driving these unnecessarily huge cars, considering solar panels, planting insect-friendly gardens, getting waste water tanks for the garden and so on…


  3. So true. I believe a lot of the self-generated rubbish problem is one of attitude. I note that in Scotland some of the flooding has been blamed on climate change–okay heavy rain maybe–but what about the blocked drains that have not been cleared for years!

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  4. So sad that we live in such a throw away society. It ticks me off that it’s cheaper to buy a new printer and throw the old one away when the ink cartridges run out – even if it’s only a couple of months old.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, don’t get me going on printers. Even with the pro models it’s cheaper to buy a new one than to get it repaired. The whole concept is outrageous. Same with clothes, everything…

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  5. A timely, and I hope not prophetic, warning. ‘Guardians, not Destroyers…’ I like that. We still have time to work in harmony with the earth rather than trying to subjugate her. Great piece.

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