2 August 2013

Published July 31, 2013 by rochellewisoff


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Henry David Thoreau said it best.

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”



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Genre: Public Service Announcement

Word Count: 99


            In springs past white blossoms preceded the succulent apples that weighed down our trees. When I bit into one the juice sprayed between my teeth and ran down my chin.

            Have you ever heard the music honeybees make in an apple tree in full bloom? It’s too late to listen to it now.

            Since the Blight of 2015 the trees have withered. My sapless attempts to pollinate by hand failed. Flowers and fruit are bedtime stories we tell our children.

            None of that matters anymore. My only child died in my arms. By our own folly comes our extinction.   


I can’t say it any better than this:   


or this:      

86 comments on “2 August 2013

    • Dear Valerie,

      These were painful words to write. I hope and pray this story remains fiction. With pesticides and genetic modification of our foods, I wonder. Thank you for coming by.




  • We were talking about the bees just recently and someone said “so what, they’re just bees”. How completely clueless can people be? We need to start caring for the future. I agree..take care of the earth..such a sad story you wrote,may it never come to pass.


  • Dear Patricia,

    I suppose I could’ve posted my genre as horror. People really don’t realize what an integral part of our ecology bees are. Truth is more horrifying than fiction.

    Thanks for commenting.




    • This obsession with “organic” pesticides is doing more harm than good. If people only realized how useful GM could be, we could protect crops in a very specific way while preventing the needless deaths of useful insects like honeybees.


  • wow this was so strong, like a double punch in the gut… first the idea that flowers and fruit would end up being just bedtime stories, it’s incredibly sad. and then comes the sadder ending… and then the even sadder realization. i also hope it remains fiction.


    • Dear Adam,

      I’m so pleased to see your name on our list once more and pleased that you liked my story. . Bees seem like such insignificant creatures until you study and realize what the actually do for us. I pray that humans haven’t become so technologically advanced that they’ve done irreparable damage to Nature’s balance.




  • Rochelle,

    Not only was this a powerful story, but one of your best written, in my not-so-humble opinion. The language is lovely. “My sapless attempts to pollinate by hand failed. Flowers and fruit are bedtime stories we tell our children” reads like a couplet of a poem.


  • We have enjoyed the fruits of a Yellow Transparent tree in my parent’s backyard. I rent the property now and really hate the thought of selling it due to the fact that the tree is so prized. I hate the fact that the bees are being killed off due to whatever factor because I understand their important place in the symbiosis.


    • Dear Joe,

      Would that we all understood the importance of respecting the gift we’ve been given.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments. One of my favorite things about FF is the interaction.




  • Scary story that might just be coming true if people don’t stop doing what they are doing and realize what we are all losing for the sake of science.


  • sad. very sad. I hope it’s not true, though we all fear that it is.

    Where do we make a difference – other than comforting others and ourselves in the slow demise we see and feel around us?

    I have to go now. I’m all choked up.


  • A mixture of real life and nascent apocalypse! I believe “public service announcement” is the correct genre classification for this cautionary tale.

    If pesticides cause the crops not to be pollinated, that will have an immediate financial impact and farmers may have no choice but to switch to organic farming–assuming the soil is not contaminated beyond hope.

    Mother Nature will have her way, one way or another.


  • Dear Rochelle
    I can only echo other comments made, this is beautifully written;, so apt, from the reports I read about the bee population and a sad reflection on mankind and it’s attempts to produce more and more food while absolving themselves from future problems.


  • Sadly, I believe it could turn out just that way, Rochelle.

    BTW, I have struggled for some time trying to get the link-up code to work in my posts. Any clues as to what I am doing wrong? I paste it in, but it just looks like the code when I publish my story. Thanks!


    • Dear Lynda,

      I fear what we’re doing to our food and our world.

      As for the code. When you are on your edit page you should see two tabs in the upper right of your tool bar. One tab says “visual” the other “text”. Click on text then go to the bottom of the text and paste in the code. Go back to “visual” and the link should be there. Let me know if this works.




  • Dear Dr. Ruth,
    We’ve noticed a shortage of bees in our area for the past several years. Our green bean crop is only a fraction was what it used to be. For a couple of years I have huge plants with lots of blooms, but they never set fruit.

    Fortunately, I’m starting to see more bees now. Hopefully, they’ll make a comeback.
    Sincerely – B.B. Rebozo


  • Rochelle,
    This is an important subject and I love how you presented it here. Brings to mind the Tree Museum. Why is it that no one notices the tipping point? Or if someone does, no one listens until it reaches crisis?


  • The reports of the great bee die-off is disturbing. With you, I hope this little story stays fiction.

    Finally managed to join in today – not sure how many contributions I’ll get around to reading but I’ll give it my best shot. Have new teaching job that is sucking up much time. I swore I wouldn’t teach again, but that was five years ago. And these people offered me money 😦 (Not sure what the right emoticon is for that!)


  • Yes and oh, yes! We’ve lost touch with the earth and ecology ought to be as big a priority in schools to teach as reading riting and rithmatic. There are kids starting school these days who do not know what vegetables are.


  • I sometimes worry that something big will fail, and we will suffer like your story says. Despite all my stories about the post-apocalyptic world, I certainly wouldn’t want to live there! Well done, a sobering story.


  • Beautifully written but hard to read. Only last night we watched a documentary on bees: some pesticides damaging their neurological systems making it difficult for them to find their way back to their hives. And how farmers need pesticides to feed the expanding people populations.


  • What a sad story, Rochelle… I haven’t kept up on much of the CCD news in recent years, but it’s still a topic that interests me. The notion of hand pollinating the fruits and flowers was something that had never occurred to me; should bees go extinct, I suppose we will try to do that on our own, won’t we? We’ve attempted to mechanize so many other natural processes, there’s no reason we wouldn’t try our hand at that… You’ve got the gears in my head turning now, Rochelle!


  • I’m so happy I stumbled across this! I think I’ll start participating this Friday 🙂 Is there a deadline to link up or is just before the next one is released? Happy writing!


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