Longlisted for the Write about Walking A/way competition 2023
Cool despite the morning dew, crisp and verdant, the blade is crushed beneath the tread of a
careless soul, already onto their next step. Their imprint forever embedding ridges and veins,
as a slayer moves onto annihilate others with just as little care, or compassion for those
mangled beneath careless toes.
New emblems forever change the trajectory of the crunchy swords, their life course now
indelibly altered. Never to grow the same way again – forever stunted, their strength buckled
beneath the weighty gait of unconcerned quashes by leavers who never stay to recognise the
wreckage they leave behind.
The earth is nurturing, welcoming their mangled forms back home. If anyone cared to listen,
the snap of each blade could be heard like her resolve beneath each pace, as he who bent her
every which way with his walk, dismissively trod away from her once voluminous growth,
and the magnificent wonder of her fresh, green stalks.
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