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”
Brings new meaning to the word creeper! 🙂
Reminds me of Rush’s classic rock ode, “The Trees.” Nicely done!
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.
Existentially funny! Of course, there’s a big difference between the ‘wars’ of Mother Nature and human war.
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.
I think you hit the nail on the head with the human nature thing. 🙂
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.
I heard you. Yes, I did.
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. 🙂
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. 🙂
I’ve seen that one, too. 🙂 Have a marvelous Monday and a wicked good week.
You too, Janet.
Ya made me grin.
Now go study!
Yes, Ma’am. 😉
Full of funny ideas. Loved it.
My head is loaded with ’em. Funny ideas jiggling around all over the place.
“Turf wars” and last two lines. Wunderbar!
Patrick, Wunderbar! is more than I could have hoped for. Thank you for that.
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!
THAT makes my day.
A rogue bougainvillea–love it! Great take on the photo.
Those fuchsia flowers are a dead give away. A sure sign of unpredictable behavior. Plants!
It’s the creative perspective that changes everything. Tip of the hat.
That scraggly pine getting strangled is the first thing I saw. Too funny.
Good one! The dominant species survives, even in the plant kingdom.
They have to rely on brute force because they sure can’t spell! No TressRassing! HA!
I love it Honie! Well done!
Thank you, Jim. Thank you very much.
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.
You got it exactly. I love that!
Pretty damn good!
Compliments with expletives, my favorite. How did you know? Gaahhhh, this is a short break before my brain caves in like a bad soufflé. It’s 23 degrees here so what else am I gonna do besides study? First final opens tomorrow.
I’m done. Ahhhh Wednesday night was my last one
Envy. Green with it!
I’m so tired. But relieved yes!
What are you getting your degree in again?
I’m with Carrie. Very clever! Made me smile. 🙂
Hey Maddie. Smiles are good. 😀
Very clever! Though I’m not sure I want to be ‘out of the picture’…
Oops, meant to put a winkie face after my comment. 🙂
LOL. We better keep an eye on Mother Nature. Seems like maybe she’s got it in for us humans. 😉