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No Land Weeps for Thee

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By Matthew FrommPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
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No Land Weeps for Thee
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The ice provides in this old land.

Each morning, I sit on the porch I built overlooking the water.

Today, icicles cling for dear life to the gutters while their friends, the snow mounds, hang on the white birch branches.

There’s just enough snow to settle the noise, to remind me how it used to be.

It used to be just us and the Smiths on this lake. Quiet and serene.

Now, the forest of birch trees has thinned. The deer don’t stroll through the yard.

Where there were only our tip-ups–real wood, mind you, there is now a forest of plastic.

Robert Smith used to sit here with me, too. That man loved to fish and was a damn good hunter. Always brought a fresh pheasant for Christmas. He made his donations to the Chief and respected the eagles on his property. We were always good neighbors.

That was until the diner closed down.

Robert tried his best. He really did.

But the out-of-towners wouldn’t pay for his roast once Starbucks moved in.

Every year until they left, we’d host Christmas. Spark a fire. Pour some schnapps. Give the kids a few toys.

Now, there’s never time, yet the iPad’s always alight.

The ice provides, just like the woods, and the streams.

Yet, with every sunrise, less of it remains.

I finish sipping my coffee out here one last time.

The developer should arrive soon.

I guess we didn’t learn the first time–

This land is no longer mine.

Short StoryStream of ConsciousnessMicrofictionFable
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About the Creator

Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • Flamance @ lit4 days ago

    Great job congratulations

  • Blake Booth2 months ago

    Congrats on getting TS.

  • Thavien Yliaster2 months ago

    Makes me think about the folks in Alaska that have their houses floating on lakes. The beauty is all enveloping. The only chance for it to be ruined is for us to pollute it. There are parts in the world never touched by us. I hope they remain that way.

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • J2 months ago

    I wish more children got a chance to experience the beauty of nature and community instead of being raised behind concrete and fences. Maybe this would all feel less 'natural' if they knew they weren't alone, and still had something to lose.

  • Kenny Penn2 months ago

    Ah man Matthew this is a fantastic piece, and so relevant in today’s world. Beautiful imagery too, very well done

  • JBaz2 months ago

    That was the case for us, I built our home on a beautiful forested area with a creek across from us years ago, Now there is a full on development where we were assured it was to be untouched land. I guess they saw me enjoying it too much. Such is life.. Congratulations.

  • K. Kocheryan2 months ago

    Oh, that's sad. Congrats on Top Story :)

  • D. J. Reddall2 months ago

    Very deftly done indeed. This could fit into any anthology of Canadian fiction about the dwindling wilderness and the petty venality of contemporary humans.

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    Great message. Well done! 🥰

  • Stephanie Ginger2 months ago

    This is a fabulous story; beautifully written, moving and powerful! Well done!

  • Test2 months ago

    Amazing job! Keep up the outstanding work

  • Shirley Belk2 months ago

    Makes me sad, but great job!

  • Asad Message2 months ago

    Great micro! thank you for sharing

  • Brannan K.2 months ago

    I'm glad I grew up in the 90s with a still comfortable balance of technology and nature.

  • Penny Fuller2 months ago

    Augh! So stressful! I definitely feel the sadness here, the powerlessness. This was really well done. Congrats on top story and amazing job evoking those emotions.

  • Phil Flannery2 months ago

    I worry over what progress really means. Lovely work.

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Great micro! You really crafted a powerful sense of nostalgia and incorporated strong imagery.

  • Alivia Varvel2 months ago

    I love this! Reflecting in nature right before more of it will be taken away. You create a beautiful yet bittersweet picture here.

  • Daphsam2 months ago

    Congrats on TOP! Very beautifully written.

  • Excellent work, Matthew. You are a great poet. I love the symbolism you use throughout.

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Every word feels labored and painful, very deeply felt piece

  • Joe O’Connor2 months ago

    A great take on the challenge, and a unique way of showing our negative impact on nature! “The ice provides, just like the woods, and the streams. Yet, with every sunrise, less of it remains.” says it all 🙌🏽

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    So beautifully written and so heartbreaking. Congrats on the TS

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