Lest You Forget – Friday Fictioneers, November 2018

Copyright J S Brand

You can tart it up however you like.

That tree’s still not what it was destined to be.  Still cut down… stunted… dead.

Who’s to say how beautiful it might have been, how high it might have soared, branches reaching for the sky, dispensing shelter, shade and solace to others?

So this week, while you’re busy exercising your rights, celebrating options, railing at perceived injustices, reflect a while on those who didn’t get to do that… or to be that tree.

All those ribbons, medals, poppies, beacons, ceremonies…

You can tart it up however much you like.

I’m still dead.

Not really a story in the true sense of the word this week, but it is someone’s story.  Not everyone went off to war in a blaze of patriotic fervour.  The more years I put behind me, the more aware I am of the years sacrificed by people so much younger than I.  Thanks to Rochelle for leading the Friday Fictioneers out yet again.

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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80 Responses to Lest You Forget – Friday Fictioneers, November 2018

  1. jillyfunnell says:

    Moving writing, Sandra. A great piece and a great reminder.

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  2. ceayr says:

    Cleverly conceived tribute, Sandra, sadly wasted on our avaricious ruling classes.

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  3. neilmacdon says:

    Wonderful rant, Sandra

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    • Sandra says:

      Watching the news this week, Neil, (bonfire replicas, 98 year old victims of violence, graffiti of disabled children’s school etc etc) it makes you wonder what it was all for, certainly. Thanks for reading.

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  4. Dear Sandra,

    So many lives wasted. Awards can’t take away the damage. A well written reminder/tribute.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  5. JS Brand says:

    Timely and moving Sandra.

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  6. Sue says:

    Well written, Sandra…

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  7. A thought-provoking piece indeed Sandra.

    Click to read my FriFic tale!

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  8. Iain Kelly says:

    Strong and moving piece Sandra. At some point surely we will see the pointlessness of it all…surely.

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  9. A superbly written allegory, Sandra. It tore at my heart.

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  10. Oh my goodness! What a powerful story – and what a last line!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  11. James Pyles says:

    Kind of like how a corpse is “tarted up” prior to an open casket memorial service.

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  12. Dale says:

    Beautifully and subtlely done – Just ’round the corner from Remembrance Day and perfectly times.

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  13. michael1148humphris says:

    Powerful. So many gifted individuals are denied the ability to reach their true potential.

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  14. This is what humanity always does best… celebrating death and call it beauty.

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  15. granonine says:

    Wow. This is outstanding.

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  16. plaridel says:

    the tree has a point. nothing matters when you’re dead.

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  17. 4963andypop says:

    Beautiful veterans’ day (and post-election day) tribute! I did not see what was coming. The harsh rebuke crept up quietly, and landed one square in my jaw.

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  18. Russell says:

    A powerful message. Well written!

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  19. I never regret reading your work, Sandra. Such a powerful piece. This will stay with me for a while, I’m sure.
    -David

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  20. Prior... says:

    Great reminder – and like the use of the word “tart”

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  21. draliman says:

    Very nice. Some people are so quick to jump on the latest cause. How much thought do they really put into it?

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  22. Poor tree. Chalk up another casualty. Nicely written.

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  23. Abhijit Ray says:

    A harsh reality, it is. A tree is not allowed to reach its full potential. it is trimmed, chopped and felled.

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  24. Liz Young says:

    Wow, that was powerful, Sandra.

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  25. A deeply thought provoking allegory that can mean many different things, depending on the reader. Well told as always.

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  26. An excellent Armistice Day remember, Sandra–lest we forget.

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  27. I love the repetition of “tart it up” for the double meaning in the line. Nicely done. We must remember those that have gone before.

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  28. James McEwan says:

    Dead, but what a wonderful life, count the rings.

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  29. Very deep and meaningful. 🙂

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  30. A beautiful piece, very relevant at this time, really lovely

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  31. i b arora says:

    we are making the whole nature beautiful, no/

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  32. elappleby says:

    A powerful little piece. It’s strange how we talk about surviving two world wars when so many of us didn’t. I love it when these stories make me think, and you did just that.

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  33. Indira says:

    Great story. Moving.

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  34. subroto says:

    An apt story for Remembrance day. Nice one.

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  35. jwdwrites says:

    The most fitting use of the prompt this week, I think. Well done.

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  36. I was recently at an art exhibit (I posted some of the pics on my facebook page yesterday) that had the same idea. It was done in mixed media with things like dog tags and name badges next to words like “Family Tradition”.
    Poignant piece, Sandra.

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    • Sandra says:

      It’s been heartwarming this year, to see the efforts that people have made. There was an estate agents shop window on the high street the other day, where all the photographs of properties for sale had been removed, and instead there were poppy decorated cards. A small sacrifice I know in comparison, but from an estate agent… 🙂

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  37. Very forceful and indignant voice, Sandra and a point well made

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