The Ricochet

Here again is our Dear Friend Tanya Cliff with her wonderful and thoughtful piece “Ricochet”. Here is a coming of age piece with a very subtle and heartfelt twist at the end. See if You can guess it? Tanya has cleverly used her title in a final merger with her ending. Bravo Tanya! Please read and enjoy! Come visit Tanya!

TANYA CLIFF

“I got it”
yelled the boy
as feathers went flying
the body hit the ground with a soft thud

it was his first kill
harvested
with this year’s birthday present
in his grandma’s backyard

a pellet gun
aimed carefully

“lads will be lads”
said the dad
fantasizing
his strapping young hunter
field dressing
a 12-point buck

“it’s just a bird”
said the mom
consoling
her son as a few of his tears
splashed
on the winged carcass

“what a shame”
said the granny
sighing
a few days later
upon discovering a nest
filled
with
dead
baby
birds

~

Words and Photography ©2017 Tanya Cliff ~ to contact me

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