Tree’s the Charm

I look up at the gathering clouds in the sky and dig in deep, bracing myself for the first round.

And it comes.

“Wheeeeeeeee,” says my best friend and neighbour as he swings from left to right; any Yoga rival would be jealous of those flexible, slim limbs.

The second gust comes now!

Truthfully, I’m more than a bit shaken; my friend now swings from right to left.

And now for the third! I can do this all day, hopefully.


While we’re used to pouring rain and sudden floods, heavy winds are quite rare. This is what I imagine the trees outside my window must have been saying during the Cyclone Tauktae that passed nearby. Both are fine except a little bald due to the winds.


The photo prompt has been given by Na’ama Yehuda at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and the word prompt (Rivalry) has been given by Denise Farley at the Girlie on the Edge.

33 responses to “Tree’s the Charm”

  1. I love the personification of the poor storm-buffeted trees. It’s quite appropriate to me today as the Cape is gripped in a massive rainstorm.

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  2. The force of cyclones is amazing. Terrible for trees, animals, and sometimes people.

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  3. Your trees are an apt metaphor for people in storms as well. Flexibility, resilience, standing fast.
    Good Six!

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  4. WHat a fun metaphorical take on the prompt. Well done.

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  5. very cool (the thing about identifying with trees in the wind)

    (we have a different situation here in southern New England that you might find interesting, our house is situated in a small forest of pine trees. you can actually hear the wind approach, the sound of the more distant trees can be hear first, even the change in direction (of the wind) is discernible.

    Excellent Six

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    1. Wow, y’all seem to have a natural weather vane!

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  6. A metaphor rich six

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  7. I wonder how those trees manage in cyclones. I like the “hopefully” at the end.

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    1. Both trees are still standing so I guess they manage.

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  8. Wow! Great timing. Your SSS perfectly depicts the scene I witnessed yesterday here when a freak windstorm arrived mid afternoon. Well done.

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  9. If trees could talk eh? Goo tale, Dahl-esque referencing the tales of the unexpected

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  10. The trees here get blown about by hurricanes, and i wonder if they do tell each other stories of storms past.

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    1. I think they’re too busy holding on to tell stories.

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  11. Dear Bernadette,

    I love the living trees and your title is perfect.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  12. What a lovely little tale! As I write this, it’s blowing at 65mph outside so I’m staying put.

    My contribution!

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  13. I was swinging right along with your friend. You made high winds sound fun…. they are, by the way. giggles. Really enjoyed this story this week. Have a great (though less windy) week.

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    1. Thanks 🙂 Try not to get carried away with the winds though.

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      1. LOL! I just might with this next round of storms coming in. I’ve got my bumper-shoot out and ready, though… all I need is some kite strings… ROFL!

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  14. Excellent Six. I love how the trees amplify strong winds both in sound and movement.
    Here we get the regular hooliganism of a wind called the Mistral, which I’ve seen tear down a good number of trees, and combined with torrential rain has been deadly to humans too.
    Ford

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    1. We’re kinda used to pouring rains it’s winds like that, that are a rarity.

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  15. Trees are our friends! Happy to have enough wind for a trim, but not a tear-down!

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    1. This wind managed to turn a trim into a bad haircut

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  16. That was fun and unique. I hope there isn’t an Ouch at the end of hopefully…

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    1. I never heard any so I guess there wasn’t

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