An aspen leaf

Type: Flash Fiction
First Published on: perhappened mag
Word Length: 700
Themes: Existentialism, Fable, Anthropomorphism


An aspen leaf wakes up with a breeze. It looks around with its invisible eyes, and up and down, as the slaps of wind make it dance. It sniffs the odor of stones and flowers and breeze and goats. It also sniffs an oncoming rain. With the soft wind, it shifts a few inches. An indistinct echo of a scratch which a passing goat-herd can’t hear comes out of its contact with little pebbles underneath. They try to stop it. But the wind wants to carry it to another world–a new world of snow and brown soil and sea waves and mountains and sleep. The wind appeases it to come with it and see the world.

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