Photo Challenge #87: November 17, 2015 – The Tree People


Image by Richard Loader

You can’t and won’t see us

But in the centre right of the image

You might see shadows through the fog.

We are the tree people.

The sprites that mind the branches

We watch and protect the creatures

Numerous by number and name

In and around the trees you see.

We flit from branch to branch

Casting spells, lifting and placing

Rescuing when danger isn’t seen.

We celebrate life’s precious gift.

Behind the trees lives the grey lady

Old and bent she potters beneath our home

Picking up the fallen debris

Sweeping up the leaves in her red plastic bucket.

She’s one of us and has proved her worth

She nurses the fallen chicks in spring

The ones we occasionally miss.

We sense she knows we are here

For she looks about from time to time

Smiles that knowing smile of one who knows

That there is more to fantasy than obvious fact.

We long ago decided as one

To treat her fairly as she does us.

And so she goes about her business

As we go about our own

And every now and then we’ll hear

A voice comes wafting up each tree

“You boys have a good day now.’

You can’t see us I know

But we are here watching you

Just to the right of the central tree.



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21 Responses to Photo Challenge #87: November 17, 2015 – The Tree People

  1. we can’t see them but they can see us! nicely written, Michael 🙂

  2. I love the grey lady it reminds me of my grandmother, she loved plants and had such a special almost mystical connection with them

  3. J Lapis says:

    I like “more to fantasy than obvious fact” a lot!

  4. clothespeggedpat says:

    Michael – thanks so much for such a treat of a read – I always enjoy your “fairy tales” – knowingly said with a sly wink 😉 …. I think you’ve created such ambiance and atmosphere with your piece – more than fitting and fantastical interpretation of the photo prompt 😀

    Cheers ~ Pat

  5. Bastet says:

    Ah … what a flight into fancy .. I really enjoyed this magical mystical trip to the place of the tree people!

  6. Fantasy one of your favourites 😊 Tree people but of course I’ve spent the better part of 5 minutes looking for the blighters! 😂

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