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Sunday, June 10, 2012

The stones along the river


Wordle 60
The words to play with were: 
bluffs, willow, corona, brush, trembled, 
mud, crawl, vessels, nail, stain, shadows, stones
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The stones along the river lay heavy on the roots of the willows. As they watched the mud stained water crawl by, they whispered among themselves, wondering what it would be like to move on in the world.
The willows laughed when they heard this, knowing that if the stones were to hurl themselves into this lazy river they would sink like, yes, stones.
-The likes of us are heavy and firmly rooted and not meant to go anywhere, they said.
One evening just before sunset, dark shadows came floating down the river. To their horror, the willows could see that they were vessels made out of trees that had been cut down, and nails has been driven into them. They trembled, and stirred up more mud along the river bank as they considered this fate.
The stones had seen them too. -You were bluffing, they growled, it is possible for us to travel! -We could sit in vessels like that and not sink!
Eagerly they strained themselves to the point were many of them tipped over. Lying there on their backs, looking up at the corona of sunshine around the back lit willows, they wondered how many millenniums it would take them to get back into their spots. And now, as the view of the beautiful setting sun had caught their attention, they forgot about traveling.
The shadowy vessels brushed by the willows and floated slowly out of sight.

The willows drew deep breaths of relief. They would never have been willing to sacrifice themselves so the stones could go off on a joyride anyway.





7 comments:

Traci B said...

Very original use of the wordle words! I enjoyed this story greatly. Thank you for sharing it with us.

teri said...

Oh I so love when the world around us has a story to tell. The stones and the willows become full blown characters in this writing. Who knew stones could be so spontaneous?

brenda w said...

This has the feel of old time story telling...I love it! Personifying the stones and exploring their thoughts was a clever approach, Inger. Excellent contribution.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

This a delightful little tale!


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CC said...

Fabulous. I loved the story you told with this. Very enjoyable.

S.E.Ingraham said...

I have nothing much more original to add to what already's been said ... this is delightful - I especially like how you've personified the stones and the willows ...

thanks also for stopping by my blog earlier and commenting already, I really appreciate it!

Jules said...

It is refreshing to take a different view. Smart Willows! Silly stones.
I enjoyed this very much.
My Wordle is here:
http://julesgemsandstuff.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunday-whirl-60-maiden-voyage.html