Little blossom, the world is dying but there is hope.

Sitting in the car on a forever trip from a polluted cesspool of trash piles rivaling Everest, clouds which never turn white, to a clean, breezy, green and lush land full of rivers and mountains.

Sitting in the car with a decision. But first, seeing through the car window – fancy furniture turned back into trees, trash piles replaced by bins. Awful stench, a cool breeze.  Poisoned dark clouds whiter every mile. People coughing, beginning to smile.

The decision you have to oversee: you stopped at the vendor to get a Pepsi. It was refreshing, but now the can is empty.

Leaving one reality for another. The empty can, once full, begins to burden.

What to do with this can, sitting in the car looking through the window?

Little blossom, the world is dying but there is hope.

So, make the decision. Is it wise to make a mess in a clean land? I mean, it is only a can. How can the stunning beauty of this vast land be affected by one measly empty can? Yet, it may trigger others to do the same. This one can may be two tomorrow, it may be a pile next week, who knows, maybe in a year’s time, it may rival what you traveled to avoid. But what are the chances of that ever happening, hmm?

Or, you can always just add to the mountains of trash of the land you wish to leave. It won’t cause any damage; it will be like placing a fish in the ocean, insignificant to the human eye. However, it could act as the final nail in the coffin- the straw which broke this already hurt camel’s back- the last addition to this mountain before it collapses and takes with it the homes of the people who live nearby. But you never know. Not implying it won’t happen but it might not happen.

Little blossom, your decision?

You wish to not throw at all?

Little blossom, the world is dying but there is hope. You are proof.

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Paul Lewthwaite
Paul Lewthwaite(@paul-lewthwaite)
1 year ago

Hi, Saim, this has an almost poetic rhythm to it, which I loved. It also makes an important point that even a seemingly trivial act can have major implications later on. Glad the protagonist makes the right call. 🙂

1 year ago

Your title pulled me in, Saim. This is a beautiful story, showing us such stark contrasts between the polluted, ruined world and the lush, green, fresh world. Hopefully the little choices we all make every day, as tiny as throwing a can out a window or not, will help us get to that beautiful world again, the one that was our birthright.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
1 year ago

There is still chance of rebirth if we can find a blossom! Great story Saim!

Last edited 1 year ago by Melissa Taggart
Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

A warm welcome to Voice club, Saim. I like the last line, Saim. Yes, I am the proof. I, they, we will take steps to improve the condition of the world, to make the world blossom again. I especially liked the way you mentioned the word hope again and again. There is hope for the world to be better. And it is me, you, and us.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Saim, I saw in your bio that you write poetry as well as fiction. This story combines both. I really enjoyed reading it. It’s lovely, timely, and a very clear warning about throwing trash out of a car window. I used to see people do that a lot; nowadays I never see it. So, maybe people are beginning to learn.

Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti(@dipayan-chakrabarti)
1 year ago

‘Little Blossom’ raises hopes for a greener tomorrow. I love your use of contrasts.

Sahal Khurshid
Sahal Khurshid(@sahal-khurshid)
1 year ago

Simply Amazing!!!

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