Flash Friday Fiction

Barbed Wire Barriers

Des spotted the loop of wire waiting on the fence post.  His mind turned it over, thinking of Osage Orange and large scale containment.  Used on cattle, dividing the land, fencing in people; it was designed to injure, to ensnare. That crown of thorns represented the rough treatment this range life offered.  Bound up on the fence, the horizon in view, it fenced in more than his property.  Dreams, too. More work waiting. Best not to dwell on things too long.




Today’s post is part of Flash Friday Fictioneers. The photo prompt is courtesy of Madison Woods. Her story can be found here, along with links to all the other Flash Friday Fictioneers.




21 thoughts on “Flash Friday Fiction

  1. Poor Des 😦
    I felt a hint of religion in it (I don’t know if you were going for that or not) with “crown of thorns,” rough treatment, dividing the land, hard work — and the sun in the image.

    • I hadn’t originally written that description (crown of thorns), but when I was typing it up, it came through all on its own. My intention wasn’t to make it a religious theme, but I guess it had it’s own idea of what was necessary. Funny how that works out sometimes.

  2. Yes … the “crown of thorns” was a nice image (something about sacrifice might have made it stronger, but range life and barbed wire certainly conjures up rough treatment, too). Sometimes, it IS best not to dwell on things too long, lest all of our dreams get fenced off and shut up

  3. This is very thought provoking. Nice work. I hope that Des can find peace on whichever side of the barrier he ends up.

  4. This brought tears to my eyes.. Half of my childhood was spent in a small farm town. I’ve known people like Des…strangled with their fenced in dreams. I was one of the lucky ones. I managed to escape from the barbed wire and fulfilled my dreams.

  5. Hi Erin. Way to create a story that nearly everyone can relate to in one way or another. Who at one time or another hasn’t felt trapped either physically or emotionally by the circumstances of their life? Nicely done.

    Here is mine: http://wp.me/pReXn-fv

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