Giving Him The Bird #carrotranch

This week’s prompt from Charli Mills is

March 1, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a raven. It can be in nature or used to describe humanity as a metaphor. Follow the bird. Go where the prompt leads.

‘Bloody parakeets, Logan. Pushing out our native birds.’

‘They’re pretty, Morgan.’

‘They’re foreign. They’re frightening the sparrows and robins. It ain’t natural.’

‘So what’s the solution?’

‘Stop these foreigners coming in, taking our seeds and nests. Keep the proper British birds. They’ll not fly away once we get rid of the immigrants.’

‘Like the ravens?’


‘The ravens. At the Tower of London. They clip their wings to make sure they stay.’

‘That’s barbaric. Why?’

‘If the ravens leave the Tower, England falls.’

‘Whose idea was that?’

‘The Normans, I think.’

‘Bloody French, coming over here, taking our crown…’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published several books: a four book series following Harry Spittle as he grows from hapless student to hapless partner in a London law firm; four others in different genres; a book of poetry; four anthologies of short fiction; and a memoir of my mother. I have several more in the pipeline. I have been blogging regularly since 2014, on topic as diverse as: poetry based on famous poems; memories from my life; my garden; my dog; a whole variety of short fiction; my attempts at baking and food; travel and the consequent disasters; theatre, film and book reviews; and the occasional thought piece. Mostly it is whatever takes my fancy. I avoid politics, mostly, and religion, always. I don't mean to upset anyone but if I do, well, sorry and I suggest you go elsewhere. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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13 Responses to Giving Him The Bird #carrotranch

  1. That’s quite a punchy analogy, Geoff

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  2. Ritu says:

    Ha Ha! Love it!!!

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  3. Hahaha. I read so many things into this. Outstanding.

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  4. Erika Kind says:

    Hahaha…. that’s so funny, Geoff!!

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  5. Great post 😄😄 So funny dear x x

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  6. willowdot21 says:

    And while your at it what did the Romans ever do for us????💜

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    Brilliant flash, great comedic timing. Way to put social complaints into one about birds and then turn on the Norman invasion.

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  9. Norah says:

    Well done, Geoff. Don’t let those ravens fly!

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