A very short children’s allegory about the seasons and life and death…
The Brawl that Ended It
They’re old enemies, Miss Summer Green and Old
Man Timberline. For thousands of seasons, she’s let him
get away with it! The swarthy grouch refuses to plow,
seed, and grow on his property, which always lies at the
mountain tops of the highest peaks. He’s squatted on those
spots forever. No, Old Man Timberline doesn’t own that land.
He’s stolen it from Master King, the landlord of all the ranges.
His illegal residence brings barrenness, and he’s pretty dug in.
Miss Summer is a lady and walks with gentle feet each season
leaving a fragrant breeze as she blankets the hills and valleys
with green and the meadows with flowers. Brightening the eyes
of all, she is always a welcomed guest. Miss Summer’s well-mannered too—
never stays longer than she should and leaves the place gorgeous
for Miss Autumn Flame who pays a visit after her. Miss Flame
turns the landscape to scarlet and gold and prepares the spaces
for Mr. Winter White. He’s a frosty guy who cleans the bugs out
and strips the place bare for Miss Spring Branch who brings warmth. It’s
been said about town that the landlord paid a great price to evict Old Man
Timberline—that there was an out-and-out brawl and blood was
shed! Imagine that! Come next spring, the song of the bluebird will be
heard throughout the land, declaring that Old Man Timberline is gone.
Miss Summer will climb the barren land to seed and plant—and new life will grow–at the very tippy top too.
©Bonnie Saul Wilks
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