In Voices

In voices that box me in I hear the great god Pan.  He is wailing.  He is stricken.  He is bristling with reprisals.  He understands the inescapable future.  Fields filled in; horizons dwindling; adverts instead of reason, mapping paths to a billionaire’s iHeaven.  And no one to blame except everyone.  Pan damns me to hell and he points –

At the last mountain to be levelled, where the last mountain goat that once leapt from crag to crag, defying gravity, huddles, lame in a corner, as the last office gets built up around him and tax returns blot out the sun.


This piece of flash fiction was written for Friday Fictioneers: a story in 100 words prompted by a picture that Rochelle Wisoff-Fields posts every Wednesday. Here’s the link to the stories and this week’s picture is below, copyright Adam Ickes.


18 thoughts on “In Voices

    • Well, since I’ve been admiring the rhythm of your poems recently, that’s a fine compliment, thanks 🙂 Yeah, I wanted an environmental protest piece; kind of like a version of the Pixies song “Monkey Gone to Heaven”, if you know that?
      Btw do you ever struggle with the word “rhythm”? I always want to add an “n” at the end, dunno why. Odd word, rhythm – it needs to go and take a long, hard look at itself!

    • True, Rochelle. Although there are ways around it – for instance, I work for Amazon so now I only pay taxes if I feel like it. Which is nice.

  1. wow, that´s great. But I had to consult my favourite online dictionary, I admit. Very poetic , I love how you “paint” with words. This piece is really outstanding.
    Liebe Grüße

    • Thanks, Carmen, I’m glad you enjoyed the “painting.” Oh, consulting dictionaries is fun, hey. I consulted regarding a number of words for my latest story – and that’s for my first language. I’d have no idea how to start making fiction in a second language, like you do 🙂

  2. Blake, Good piece. People are either blind or feel powerless in the face of all the destruction. I guess some feel that the money now is worth the suffering later. How can you reason with such greed and moral blindness. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

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