4 July: for VV June Image

Mysterious Green

It was called Earth. Terra firma,
the mysterious greenhouse.
Nothing fancy, it was what it was.

That’s how books described it.
The green years.

Once upon a time in hallowed dress,
earth was all in green leaves,
and lily fresh, and we spoke weary
in the languages of history.

All those uppity languages, those
thick tongued wishy words, and
drafty voices clucking agreement.

But all was too late, all lost.
And there came a mysterious sound

as the earth fell back into roots. We’d
lost our taste for earth. We groped
and buried it into a greenery tale.

And the young boy handed his mother
a book, and said –

Read me a story. About earth and that
one-horned ox who ate thunderclouds,
and lived in a tangle of tree bones.
Back when green and lily fresh ended.

for Visual Verse’s June image prompt . Image by Students at Wangari Maathai International School ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter

 Image by Students at Wangari Maathai International School. city ruins, trees, lake, and a one-horned ox
Image by Students at Wangari Maathai International School

7 responses to “4 July: for VV June Image”

  1. Terrific piece and what a great image. I’m reading with the news on mute – clacking tongues and wishy words saying nothing.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks. Visual Verse always has interesting images to work from.


  2. Wonderful response to the image. But, I do hope we don’t bury her into a greenery tale.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks so much!


  3. […] enough. this one started off as a conversation with Misky and Sanjeet. I hastily threw up an image as a suggestion for some flash fiction, then took a more […]


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