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Blood and Toil

Prairie love

By JBazPublished 5 months ago Updated 5 months ago 1 min read
Blood and Toil
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

I grew up quickly that spring, not because I wanted too, but because I had no choice. The prairie land demands maturity, crops grow on blood and toil not wishes.

Fair enough.

I sprinkle soil from our land onto the casket before it lowers, and read the verse he always loved. One accident and I turned from a boy to a man, it was that simple.

As the sun drops beneath the distant horizon, so does my soul. In the morning when it rises, so too shall I.

Damn, how I love and hate this land.



About the Creator


I have enjoyed writing for most of my life, never professionally.

I wish to now share my stories with others, lets see where it goes.

Born and raised on the Canadian Prairies, I currently reside on the West Coast. I call both places home.

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  • The Invisible Writer5 months ago

    Somehow you fit an epic tale into a few words magnificent

  • Mariann Carroll5 months ago

    Another fabulous story telling of yours 👍

  • Thavien Yliaster5 months ago

    This reads like a very personal story. If so, I am sorry for Your lose. The death of a parent also means the death of one's childhood. Such is life. I never had to shift from a boy to becoming a man in an instant. I'm thankful that my transition in life has been more gradual than others. Your writing style is simplistic and multi-layered all at once.

  • Shane Dobbie5 months ago

    Not a word wasted. Well done

  • Leslie Writes5 months ago

    Wow. Nothing is certain in life and things can change in an instant! Excellent entry for the challenge 💖

  • Gerald Holmes5 months ago

    This is so well done. Excellent writing.

  • L.C. Schäfer5 months ago

    So few words, so much emotion 😁

  • Heather Hubler5 months ago

    You packed so much into these few lines. Really well done!!

  • Paul Stewart5 months ago

    Such a powerful piece in so few words, well done Jason, this is incredible writing!

  • Whoaaaa, this was freaking powerful!

  • J. S. Wade5 months ago

    Great read. 🥰

  • Oneg In The Arctic5 months ago

    Beautifully crafted, so much life just thrown in there. And this line too was just so real “crops grow on blood and toil not wishes.”

  • Loryne Andawey5 months ago

    "Damn, how I love and hate this land." So much growth and bitterness in one sentence. Well done!

  • Donna Renee5 months ago

    👏Even the title was perfect. I loved the “in the morning when it rises, so too shall I” line!

  • KJ Aartila5 months ago

    This is an awesome, complete micro-story - full of detail and mystery that is both satisfying, but leaves me wanting the big picture. Well done! 💕

  • Babs Iverson5 months ago

    Fantastic!!! Left a heart ♥ too💕♥️♥️

  • Dana Stewart5 months ago

    I am absolutely loving this micro fiction challenge! This is great Jason. The conflict, the emotion, packed in 100 words or less.

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    Oh that's fabulous. The emotion is as open as the prairies and flows like what fields in the wind. (I'll show myself out now.)

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