The Sounding Tree

quick submission to Madison-Woods Friday Fictioneers…thankful for a task I can get my mind around!  Please join, newcomers.

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As close as he would ever come to stillness, the boy, lying here, slit and dying at the base of this strange tree.  How could he have?  Only one simple task, one clear instruction that might have spared them all.  Any boy could do it, why not he?  Why must he never be capable, never succeed, always fall short?  How he’d run, as the marauders swooped down, how he’d raged through the woods, torn through the brambles toward the sounding tree.  How could he have missed it, faltering here, now, cut from ear to ear, staring at the shofar of alarm, secure in its nook?

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16 thoughts on “The Sounding Tree

  1. Sounds like a lot of responsibility for a boy–perhaps he was the only one who had actually been tested. The shofar is very appropriate for the prompt.

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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