Herd the Trees – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

Thanks for stopping by! Here’s a story snack for you. It’s based on a photo writing prompt for Friday Fictioneers 26 May 2021. If you’d like to write your own story, please come join in the fun. Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting and to Bob Rost for the photo.

The Photo


Description, for my blind/visually impaired readers:  Well, all I can tell you is there’s greenery on the right, cement on the left, and something that reminds me a bit of a unicorn horn in some sort of track in the middle. I gather from reading others’ stories that there’s a but and a barbed-wire fence. I guess that’s the thing that looks a bit swirly in the middle.

The Inspiration

I couldn’t figure out anything but the greenery in the photo, and this brought to mind a conversation my bestie and I have all the time when she visits me.

The Story: Herd the Trees.

“The trees are too close to the road,” Seana whined. “Someone needs to herd them back.” She navigated around an Ozarks hilly curve.

I laughed. “You’re such a desert rat. You hate all the green, but I love it.”

“I love it over there, in the distance, not hovering over MY road.”

Though we had been besties for decades, we enjoyed wildly different climates. I lived in near-desert areas for twenty years. I got tired of the prickly plants and missed my coniferous trees with their lushness.

“Too bad we don’t like living in each other’s preferred environments,” I mused.

Reading Birds graphic

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Ronda Del Boccio

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About Ronda Del Boccio


Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best-selling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She has been mostly blind since birth, but she never lets that stop her from doing what she wants to do. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon at Amazon..com/author/rondadelboccio.

4 thoughts on “Herd the Trees – Flash Fiction for Friday Fictioneers

  1. Nature is great at covering the earth, and I appreciate all she tries to achieve, I enjoyed your offering this week.


  2. Yup the beasts always get blamed for attacking the humans. Yet the humans are the ones hellbent on annhilating every last tree and creature from the planet. So who’s really the badguy? good story.


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