Desirous Gaze

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: dreamscape

Little piece for kids about determination versus a serpent.

One fine day, a man walks along past a tree only to suddenly take some steps backward, stopping in front the tree. He glanced skyward, eyes fixated on lush fruit suspended from its branches. Hands on his hips, his visage lit up in a bright idea.

He stretches his body and proceeds to climb. Partway up, a slithery surprise, coming eyeball to eyeball with a snake. Frightened, he yells, losing his grip and begins to fall, but regains it a few seconds later. He scrambles off the tree. The man watches the serpent perched, an obstacle between him and his desire. The man walks away crushed.

Time passes. The man has returned. He stood in front the tree pole in hand. He wasn’t defeated, just prepared. A sense of purpose enshrouds him. Snake or no snake. Attached to the pole’s end is a fruit picker consisting of a cloth bag inside a metal ring like structure and a brown paper bag.

Face determined he tilts his desirous gaze skyward to a serpent that flickered a forked tongue, and higher still to the fruit beckoning above it. Pole hoisted, proceeds to pluck fruit into the cloth the ring shook free, by him shaking the pole. Taking his fill, put the bounty into the brown bag and walks triumphantly toward the sun. The snake for its part, remained content.


Submitted: February 03, 2019

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hullabaloo22

Nice delivery of that message, dreamscriber.

Sun, February 3rd, 2019 8:00pm

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Sure you practiced the message yourself.

Sun, February 3rd, 2019 12:25pm

hullabaloo22

Me? I think you can tell the answer to that one. I'm no problem-solver.

Sun, February 3rd, 2019 8:32pm

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Us writer's are by nature 'creative', we have creative thinking that can be applied to problem solving you know.

Sun, February 3rd, 2019 1:15pm

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