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FF – Seasons

Here is my story for Friday Fictioneers, hosted by Rochelle. This week’s photo was contributed by Penny Gadd.

Copyright Penny Gadd

Spring, and the river runs clear, Nature’s canvas. The world begins.

Summer, and the river teems with life. The world flourishes.

Autumn, and the river fears. Its creatures die, choking on Man’s effluence. The world teeters.

Winter, and the river mourns. Putrid sickness flows sluggishly to empty seas. The world dies.

Spring, and the river flows clear. New life appears. The world, reborn. A second chance.

Special guest image! Menacuddle Well near St Austell, this morning.
  1. September 1, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    Beautiful poem, Alistair! I wonder how many more chances Nature will have given the current rate of destruction.


    • September 2, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      This counts as a poem? Oh boy, sorry about that πŸ˜‰
      I don’t think we’ll get a second chance 😦

      Liked by 1 person

  2. September 1, 2021 at 3:42 pm

    Beautifully serene. Well done.


  3. September 1, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Water is a microcosm of life


  4. September 1, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Great if we get a second chance


    • September 2, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Fingers crossed. I’m not too hopeful though.


  5. September 1, 2021 at 4:43 pm

    There used to be an unwavering belief in the seasons. Not so much anymore. I looked up the location of your bonus photo — which looks like a lovely place to take a walk — and see it is the site of a holy well. Gives the last line in your story that much more impact.


    • September 2, 2021 at 4:06 pm

      It was quite a pleasant place to visit! I’d never even heard of it until last week and it’s only 10 miles away.
      The seasons aren’t what they used to be. “When I was a kid…”

      Liked by 1 person

  6. September 1, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Beautifully written. Nature has its own tale to tell of life and death.


    • September 1, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      Sorry. I meant Ali, it must be time for my afternoon nap.


      • September 2, 2021 at 4:08 pm

        My fault. Too much poetical lyrics, too little Ali’s trademark mayhem πŸ™‚
        I’m glad you liked it!

        Liked by 1 person

  7. September 1, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    Well written Alistair and I fear you have it somewhere near the final outcome.


  8. September 1, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Hope. There’s always hope.


  9. September 2, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Second chance sounds always good, although, in real life, we don’t get it often.


  10. September 2, 2021 at 3:37 am

    The cycle of Nature beautifully described. Great take!


  11. Lyn
    September 2, 2021 at 8:40 am

    WOW… this is different for you, Ali. Well done, this is so good πŸ˜‰


    • September 2, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks! It was too serene a scene to have it “running red with blood” or whatever πŸ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  12. September 2, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Thank goodness all of the wealthy industrial barons were able to ride things out in their bunkers so someone can start the cycle all over again!


    • September 2, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      They’ll only last until they realise that Jeeves isn’t bringing their 4pm tea and tiffin and “sadly” starve…

      Liked by 1 person

  13. September 2, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Dear Ali,

    I had to look twice to make sure I was in the right place. πŸ˜‰ Lovely verse about the cycle of life and nature. Well done. I like the guest photo as well.




    • September 2, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      Dear Rochelle,
      I’m sure “normal service” will be resumed next week πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed my little foray into whatever that is defined as!
      It was quite a coincidence that I’d taken some relevant photos just that morning!

      Liked by 1 person

  14. September 2, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    A second chance – let’s not waste it this time, it may be the last. Nice one, Ali.


  15. September 2, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Such a meaningful and beautiful story. That well looks beautiful, too. I love it.


    • September 2, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Menacuddle Well was well worth a little visit.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. September 2, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    I absolutely LOVE what you did here.


  17. September 2, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    What have you done with Alistair?
    All jokes aside, this is so well done and, as we know, second chances are a gift rarely given.


    • September 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      It’s me, I’m still here!
      I’m glad you liked my different little contribution 😊
      A second chance is gold dust.

      Liked by 1 person

  18. September 2, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    Very well observed, life’s cycle of the world along the river. I liked your additional photo, it looks like a great walk.


    • September 3, 2021 at 7:03 pm

      It was a very pleasant place to visit, and I’m glad you enjoyed my story!

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Bear
    September 2, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    Well told circle of life tale here.


  20. September 3, 2021 at 6:50 am

    Beautiful post


  21. September 3, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Nature gives second chances galore, but I think we are wearing the line thin.


  22. September 3, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    In some ways, we’ve already had our second chance with our rivers. Many of them have been cleaned up sufficiently to support fish once more. I hope we don’t regress as we struggle with climate change.


    • September 4, 2021 at 6:28 am

      Yes. A second chance for the world perhaps, without us…


  23. September 4, 2021 at 4:48 am

    The cycle of life. The seasons are amazing.


  24. September 4, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Your words flowed like the waters in the photo prompt.
    There’s a serenity to the story. Nicely done … Be safe 😷
    Isadora 😎


  25. September 4, 2021 at 6:38 pm

    well said. just tell it like it is. πŸ™‚


  26. September 5, 2021 at 5:43 am

    Felt such quiet peace as I viewed your photo and read your words. Megwetch and Thankyou for posting this.


    • September 5, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      I’m glad you liked it, thanks for your lovely comment.


  27. September 6, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Eloquently expressed. (I kept looking for the punchline…πŸ˜‰)


  28. September 6, 2021 at 6:59 pm

    An eloquent story Ali, a poem to the beauty and the fragility of nature. Beautiful.


    • September 8, 2021 at 5:17 am

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it πŸ™‚


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