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11 Jan

Great Authors

Okay I have to admit to some hero worship here. Some of the biggest heroes of my life are shown on this poster. If my mother is to be believed (and she is), I quoted the Bard at three: “To be or not to be!”


The Coconut

11 Jan

Here’s a bit of flash I wrote and read for last year’s “The NeverEnding Odyssey”:

The Coconut

by Vee James


He had everything a coconut could want—sunlight, water, and a cool breeze.

But one day his world came to a complete change. His stem which had always seemed so strong and unbreakable began to wither and feel strange. No matter what he did, the stem felt more and more like it did not belong to him anymore.

Then, late one night when the wind was rocking the tree back and forth, the stem broke. In an instant he was falling, flying through the air like one of the seagulls he had often watched from his high vantage in the tree. The difference was, of course, that he was flying straight down at an unimaginable speed.

The earth which had always looked so far away came rushing up at him. Then, WHAP, he hit the ground, making a half-coconut crater in the soft sand.

He lay there for what felt like weeks. The days were hot, the wind relentless, and he was getting thirsty.  A few gulls had dropped by but instead of helping him, they tapped on his shell to see if they could get to his insides. He had the horrible thought they would just as well eat him as look at him.

Finally his thirst became unbearable. He knew he would have to take a chance. He pushed and pushed hard until his shell began to separate. “Oh please,” he prayed, “Please don’t let those gulls come back now.” He was vulnerable and he knew it.

He reached out of his shell and deep down into the sand. Deeper and deeper he reached until “EUREKA”, he almost shouted. He had found water.

He drank and drank his fill and a funny thing happened. The top of his shell cracked and a large puff of leaves began to grow out of his head. He began to stretch and grow, up and up, taller and taller until soon he could see across the wide expanse of sea and beach. He felt like a young coconut again.

And, wouldn’t you know it, he felt little bumps beginning to form under his leaves. “Well, what a surprise,” he thought, “I’m a daddy!”

Now he really DID have everything a coconut could want!