“In Place of Majesty” for The Carrot Ranch May 16 2019 flash-fiction-challenge



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The Carrot Ranch Challenge May 16 2019


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May 16, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that goes in search of trees. It can be one particular tree, a grove, woods, or forest. What makes the tree worth seeking? Go where the prompt leads!


She stood tall and mighty.

to never a storm she’d kneel.

After years of shade giving, she grew

to reach the sky,

until the day her life was shorn.

One hundred years, and with

each ring she told a story,

read by those who passed her by

We wept for her days of glory,

the machines turned her

into piles of ash, and men

built condos on her place of rest.

To them we did protest declaring

her days of glory but none would

hear the story.

She now sits as a stump

A fraction of herself, in memory.

(Word count 99)

©J.E.Goldie May 18, 2019


The area I live in, is one of the oldest communities

In Toronto, Ontario. It was referred to, as “The City of Trees”.

One day on my usual walk I discovered them preparing

to cut down this magnificent tree. I was astounded

and angry. It was obviously a done deal to accommodate

some new town houses. I sadly, day by day, watched

the construction of these narrow row houses. They

left the stump of the tree sitting there. I now

pass and think of the tragedy. Four narrow townhouses

at the edge of a road in

place of majesty.

(Word Count 99)

©J.E.Goldie May 18, 2019




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Jen Goldie

"Life is made up of small comings and goings and for everything we take with us, we leave a part of ourselves behind" - Summer of 42

34 thoughts on ““In Place of Majesty” for The Carrot Ranch May 16 2019 flash-fiction-challenge”

    1. Yes I know I have lived in a very exclusive and wealthy area, Luckily they have a firm hold on their history and pride. They have large lots and huge homes and take care of it. I happen to live in an apartment and can enjoy the view. I guess that’s why this particular tree stood out. It wasn’t on a current owner’s property, unfortunately.

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      1. Yes I bet. Unless this guarded and wealthy community suddenly disappear after so many generations, these trees are safe. Sadly some families have lost their estates and good old $ enters in to tear them down, build smaller homes and unabashedly clear the land.

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  1. The story reminds me of the great loss of Chestnut trees in the U.S. from disease in the early 1900s. Mighty trees reduced to dying stumps that still persist in growing short, thin branches. In place of their majesty, only memories remain (just as you have skillfully written).

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    1. It was hard remembering. I was so mad at the time. But years have passed. There are still a lot of old trees around me, protected on private property as long as those estates aren’t torn down.

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      1. I hear you and I truly feel that anger because the same sh#t has been going on at my end too! It fills me with despair. I hope the old trees on those estates never get cut down but my flame of hope flickers unsteadily. 😦

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      2. The area is one of the original communities in the city. The estates are generations old. ergo the trees. I’m looking at one right now, It towers over my 6th floor apt must be 10 stories tall. Swaying freely and budding like crazy lol Its off the beaten track but………

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      3. Ten stories tall…woah! That’s one-leggy beauty! 😄 I am glad you’re surrounded by these precious life givers, Jen. I am currently living at a place that doesn’t have much greenery to boast about and only a handful of trees. But I am looking forward to finding a better place to call home. 🙂

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      4. Oh I forgot to tell you there’s a row of Fir Trees as high as my balcony. You’ll find lots of trees Hon. When I get a camera I’ll show you the trees.


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