Sarah Ann Hall

Reporting on writing in progress or, more probably, not; practising flash fiction.

#Trifextra: 81 – A Tree’s Life

with 14 comments

Trifecta’s weekend prompt is beautiful, and I haven’t done it justice. My brain has got stuck in philosophical groove rather than fictional.


‘This weekend’s prompt is to write 33 words exactly inspired by the following photo project by Eirik Solheim.  Each slice of the photo compilation is a different day of the year, taken from the same location.

One year in one image

Note the progression of light and seasons.  Take some time to ponder the rebirth and resurgence and ultimate triumph that is nature and growth and light.  Think about time and the sun and the movement of both.  Fill yourself up with it, and then write…. We want soul-soaring happiness out of you this week.’

This weekend’s challenge is community judged.

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A Tree’s Life

Who knew trees are bare longer than they bear leaves?

We remember the dressed tree over the skeletal one. Why? Eternal optimism? A love of life?

Beauty is in both life and death.



Written by Sarah Ann

August 18, 2013 at 10:13 pm

14 Responses

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  1. Beautiful – lovely sentiment at the end

    Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    August 18, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you. I wasn’t sure on the last line as the tree doesn’t die, but is reborn. If we acknowledged more beauty in death, maybe we wouldn’t be so afraid of it?

      Sarah Ann

      August 19, 2013 at 7:20 pm

  2. Aye, we do pay more attention to the fertile than to the fallow. A keen observation, Sarah Ann. Nicely done :)))

    • After I’d posted I wondered if I was right. But we do seem to hide through winter waiting for buds to reappear.

      Sarah Ann

      August 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

  3. True, we do pay more attention to the leafy times. The bare trees are beautiful in their own way, though…especially with a dusting of snow on the branches 🙂


    August 19, 2013 at 3:50 am

    • I agree bare trees can be beautiful, especially in snow. They can also create all sorts of weird shapes in low light that fire the imagination, whereas a green tree is usually a softer and less threatening beast.

      Sarah Ann

      August 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

  4. I never realized that…But it’s an interesting thought. Now I’m trying to recall if I remember more leaved trees or bare ones!
    (PS: I fixed your link for you! (: You should be good to go now on the Trifecta page!)


    August 19, 2013 at 4:12 am

    • I’m worried now. Of course, it might just be trees in Norway that are bare longer than they’re clothed. I’m going to have to take more notice of the trees around me!
      Thanks for fixing my link. 🙂

      Sarah Ann

      August 19, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  5. Thought provoking.

    Ashley K.

    August 19, 2013 at 7:08 am

  6. very prophetic observation.


    August 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

  7. Powerful last line!


    August 19, 2013 at 7:59 pm

  8. I love this Sarah Ann! Just Love it!!!

    Linda Vernon

    August 20, 2013 at 3:13 am

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