copyright - Randy Mazie

copyright – Randy Mazie

The damage was done, but the plant world would set things right now that humans were out of the picture. Mother Nature gave the order to proceed calmly to end rampant development and restore the balance of power. Everything was going as planned until a rogue bougainvillea decided to take matters into its own hands. Turf wars broke out in the concrete jungle. The siege of a scrappy band of evergreen insurgents came to a halt this morning in a shocking act of aggression. Trees in the woods nearby fell silent. Probably because no one was around to hear them.


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43 thoughts on “Stranglehold

  1. Brings new meaning to the word creeper! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Reminds me of Rush’s classic rock ode, “The Trees.” Nicely done!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      There is unrest in the forest. There is trouble with the trees. For the maples want more sunlight and the oaks ignore their pleas. I LOVE RUSH. “The Trees” is one of my faves.

  3. annisik51 says:

    Existentially funny! Of course, there’s a big difference between the ‘wars’ of Mother Nature and human war.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s interesting, I’ve been studying disaster mitigation, response, and recovery in one of my classes, and while the devastation of a natural disaster is much the same as man made disasters, I question why we accept that man made ones aren’t preventable? Must be something about human nature.

      1. annisik51 says:

        I think you hit the nail on the head with the human nature thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Dear Honie,

    I’m laughing out loud and all the good comments are taken. Of course it’s 5 in the blessed AM so no one hears me laughing. Does that mean I’m not making a sound. Brilliant writing as always.



    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I heard you. Yes, I did.

  5. Love those last two lines, Honie. Bill and I have had the “If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears, did it make a noise” discussion more than once. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Honie Briggs says:

      On my fridge there is a magnet that says, “If a man speaks and there is no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?” A gift from my late friend Donna to remind me to laugh every day and to question everything. Even the obvious stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. I’ve seen that one, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a marvelous Monday and a wicked good week.


  6. Ya made me grin.
    Now go study!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Yes, Ma’am. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. mike olley says:

    Full of funny ideas. Loved it.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      My head is loaded with ’em. Funny ideas jiggling around all over the place.

  8. “Turf wars” and last two lines. Wunderbar!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Patrick, Wunderbar! is more than I could have hoped for. Thank you for that.

  9. artsifrtsy says:

    Love it, especially that last line, Trees in the woods nearby fell silent. Probably because no one was around to hear them. Made me laugh out loud!

  10. pattisj says:

    A rogue bougainvillea–love it! Great take on the photo.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Those fuchsia flowers are a dead give away. A sure sign of unpredictable behavior. Plants!

  11. Lyle Krahn says:

    It’s the creative perspective that changes everything. Tip of the hat.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      That scraggly pine getting strangled is the first thing I saw. Too funny.

  12. Good one! The dominant species survives, even in the plant kingdom.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      They have to rely on brute force because they sure can’t spell! No TressRassing! HA!

  13. Jim Kane says:

    I love it Honie! Well done!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Thank you, Jim. Thank you very much.

  14. J. Milburn says:

    Love this take on the prompt! The plants filling the void of lost humans by warring with each other; Mother Nature’s own Civil War. Last two lines: perfect.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      You got it exactly. I love that!

  15. unfetteredbs says:

    Pretty damn good!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Compliments with expletives, my favorite. How did you know? Gaahhhh, this is a short break before my brain caves in like a bad soufflรฉ. It’s 23 degrees here so what else am I gonna do besides study? First final opens tomorrow.

      1. unfetteredbs says:

        I’m done. Ahhhh Wednesday night was my last one
        Good luck

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Envy. Green with it!


          1. unfetteredbs says:

            I’m so tired. But relieved yes!

          2. unfetteredbs says:

            What are you getting your degree in again?

  16. I’m with Carrie. Very clever! Made me smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hey Maddie. Smiles are good. ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. Carrie Rubin says:

    Very clever! Though I’m not sure I want to be ‘out of the picture’…

    1. Carrie Rubin says:

      Oops, meant to put a winkie face after my comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Honie Briggs says:

        LOL. We better keep an eye on Mother Nature. Seems like maybe she’s got it in for us humans. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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