“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