Saturday, July 28, 2007

Entry #24

The Final Cut
by Roger Dale Trexler


They came.

The loggers ventured into the forest looking for us.

We heard their saws in the distance, and the screams of our brethren as they died. For centuries, we’ve battled the men with axes in the forest, bringing our limbs crashing down, painfully ripping our own appendages from our bodies, and crushing them. One by one, they came; one by one, they died. Many times, others came looking for their fallen friends and met their death. They gave our soil nourishment and helped us grow in God’s light.

Before man, for eons, we lived in peace. We were born, lived our lives, and died in the quiet of the forest. Eventually, man began running amongst us, hunting the wild game. We did not care; it was not our way and we did not understand it, but we were tolerant. We saw them kill for pleasure. We saw and did not understand. Even then, we knew they had no respect for the other creatures of the forest.

Still, they left us alone.

Until they needed our wood.

We know now that it is only a matter of time before they come in larger numbers and destroy us. It is their way. So, we have decided to destroy ourselves before they can. There is a saying amongst men: “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?”

The answer is Yes.

It screams.

15 comments:

Hoodie said...

Vigilante trees! I'm usually not a huge fan of stories from inanimate POV, but if you're going to it, this is how. I enjoyed it. Sweet ending.

SzélsőFa said...

I enjoyed when I realized that it was a monologue by one of the trees. Also I like that they are not portrayed as evil.

takoda said...

Clever idea and nicely written! I loved the last few lines in particular.

onipar said...

The last march of the Ents? I liked this, especially the ending.

Victor J. Banis said...

I agree about the last line - and I liked "the last march of the Ents." Very eco.

Katherine Napier said...

... and we were worried about the Spotted Owl...

Jeff said...

I like the ending and the way you used the "if a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around, does it make a sound?" Good story.

angel said...

sad and thought provoking

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

A tragic topic beautifully handled - a powerful and strong voice. Really well done.

Verilion said...

This is a really great piece. It's a really strong message without sounding preachy at all. And really interesting to take the tree's pov.

JLB said...

Well done. It's great to read so many pieces in Halo giving a voice to the trees.

briliantdonkey said...

Does a tree make a sound? Yes. It screams. REALLLYYYYYY liked that part of your story which got one of my votes. Congrats on a job well done Roger. Thanks for sharing.

BD

Roger said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone. I'll definitely write another tale for the next contest. Till then, check out my website, www.rogerdaletrexler.com and my blog, www.rogerdaletrexler.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

This was my favorite entry. It hit me beaufifully.

jason evans said...

I like the image of the dead men feeding the trees. The patience of the trees comes through.