The Tracker – Weekend Writing Prompt

hinterland by c e ayr

A word prompt to get your creativity flowing this weekend.  How you use the prompt is up to you.  Write a piece of flash fiction, a poem, a chapter for your novel…anything you like.  Or take the challenge below – there are no prizes – it’s not a competition but rather a fun writing exercise.  If you want to share what you come up with, please leave a link to it in Sammi’s Comment Section Click here to hear the author read his words:

The Tracker

Kill them all!
Males, females, cubs, they are savages, sub-human creatures.

We obey with glee, guns against sticks, we wipe out the entire settlement.
I see some day-old tracks, follow them into the hinterland.
On soft ground they are clearer.
One set large, wide-spaced, male.
Second set smaller, closer, female.
Third set erratic, small and scuffed, but consistently close to the female.
Suddenly I understand.
Not a cub.
A running, skipping, dancing child.
Holding mother’s hand.
I turn
back, wiping away my tears.
We are the savages.

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16 Responses to The Tracker – Weekend Writing Prompt

  1. Fantastic. Also savagely true of what colonialism had done.


  2. Bill says:

    This dovetails into what I am reading now. Makes me shudder. Indeed we are. Great sound bite, CE.


  3. notestowomen says:

    Powerful last line.


  4. What can I say? It’s an absolute gem.


  5. Dear CE,

    One of your best. One of my favorite quotes came from Pogo, a comic strip character in the 1960’s. “We have seen the enemy and he is us.”



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    • ceayr says:

      Thank you, m’lady,much appreciated.
      It is based on one of those ideas that’s been kicking around inside my head for ages, but I thought it would be a longer story.
      It still might be.
      Good quote.


  6. Dale says:

    Ohhh. Well done!


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