dVerse — Prosery 19 — Hidden Treasure

Geocache jar under some pieces of wood

Reading what I have just written, I now believe.”
–Louise Gluck, from Faithful and Virtuous Night

At the time it felt like a dream.

One Spring afternoon geocache coordinates took us north an hour and then west for another. GPS dinged we’d reached our destination. Scant undergrowth made it easy to find the two-track. We walked it until there it was, a small silver box, shining in the sun.

It was my turn to pop the lid. A cloud of green glitter engulfed my head. I gasped with surprise, throwing the box down.  I wet-wiped my face then and showered at home.

The next morning while brushing my teeth I looked into the bathroom mirror and swore the whites of my eyes had a green tinge to them. By summer leaves grew out of my ears. My skin sprouted acorns. By fall I was myself again.

Reading what I have just written, I now believe I’d been a tree.

[144 words]

 

Lillian is today’s host for dVerse‘ Prosery. Lillian says:
So for today’s prompt, somewhere in your 144 word or less piece of prose, you must include the line “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”.

 

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61 Comments Add yours

  1. lillian says:

    Smiling I am!!! Love this tale. Have you ever read the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle childrens’ books? She gives suggestions to help parents who are having trouble with their children….as in two children who refuses to take baths. Her instructions to the parents? After several weeks of not baths, sneak into their rooms while they are asleep and put radish seeds in their ears and push it into any dirty that has accumulated on their body. You guessed it. They sprout radishes! Your tale reminded me of that….although I must admit, I like the idea of the green glitter much better 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL no I never heard of those books. My credo as a parent was always stay one jump ahead of them 🙂

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  2. Ingrid says:

    This was so magical and funny: delightful to read! I wouldn’t mind becoming a tree for a season or two…I think!

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  3. I cannot feel that other than this is both sinister and sweet… I wonder what you learned as a tree… fear of axes, and obsession with birds maybe.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It was a temporary enchantment, thank goodness. I learned digging my toes into the dirt feels really good 🙂

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  4. Francis says:

    I wonder if tree would wish to be human? A very nice, imaginative take.

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    Oh—this is strange and magical. I was worried at first that it was sort of a Pandora’s box. I wonder what the writer’s time as a tree was like? I wonder if it was good or bad?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I wonder who planted the glitter in geocache container and why! As the writer was able to get back to themselves, I think they were relieved.

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      1. Irene says:

        Lovely story! I am thinking maybe an environmentalist sprite planted the box, so people could experience first hand that “it’s not easy being green.”

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I love that and am sure you’re right. Wonderful comment, Irene.

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  6. calmkate says:

    a great flight of fantasy, loved the twist!

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      1. calmkate says:

        pleasure Lisa!

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  7. Gillena Cox says:

    omg!!! Fairy tale are made of this stuff

    Nice One

    Much❤love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed the fairy tale, Gillena. ❤

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  8. rothpoetry says:

    A very interesting story… you turned into the green-eyed tree!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 and back again!

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  9. I believe you were! Now I want you to write about how it felt 🙂

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  10. Oh I love this! If only we could morph into trees and experience their perspectives & feelings! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I would love a chance to try it.

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  11. sanaarizvi says:

    This is most stunning, Lisa! A lovely blend of wisdom and fantasy 💝

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sanaa!

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  12. Beverly Crawford says:

    A fastasy and a bit of a poser as well. I will beware glitter in any cards I receive!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      lol good idea, Beverly!

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  13. kim881 says:

    Another fun story and it involves a tree! I chuckled at the line: ‘By fall I was myself again.’ I can’t begin to imagine what happened all those months in between. Thank you, Lisa for a fun read.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      One thing I can tell you, no masks were involved! Ah, to be mask-free again…

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  14. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    If you get deep enough in Zen, one discovers that a soul can choose to return as a tree. You make me a believer.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Tree is my place of choice the next go-round. Of course a tree set far far from humans.

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  15. sgeoil says:

    Loved this. I feel it is only the beginning!

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  16. Ron. says:

    Very cool. I was a tree once. Oak, I think, though My Beloved Sandra tells me elm. What does she know? She’s a willow.

    This story will definitely NOT leave the reader board. (sorry; couldn’t resist.)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL delighted to grow in the same forest with you and your lovely lady willow.

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  17. Lucy says:

    Oh, I just LOVE this. The ending line made me smile.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Lucy!

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  18. Hah! This is so cool. Love it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 delighted you liked the story

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  19. poetrybydebi says:

    Or an almost tree… maybe you cleaned the glitter off to quickly. You could have been an Ent!

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  20. memadtwo says:

    I’ll be on the lookout for green glitter….(K)

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  21. Sadje says:

    I like this fantasy!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 It was fun to write it. Thanks, Sadje!

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome 😉

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  22. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Now that would be a cool experience…as long as you could go back.

    You have posts that urge me to quote the Lorax…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      If I wasn’t a tree in a former life, I’m probably heading in that direction in the next. I love The Lorax. I loved reading to my kids when they were little.

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      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        I need to post on the Lorax! I like that fellow a lot and it was a good representation of conservation.

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  23. What a delightful tale Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Linda 🙂

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  24. theresaly520 says:

    This made me laugh. 🙂 I guess I’m reminded of a video where I watched a superhero turn people into trees when they didn’t recycle.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad to make you laugh, Sa. My kind of superhero!!!!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you were delighted, Mary.

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  25. Dale says:

    Who’d a thunk a glitter bomb could turn one into a tree. What a wonderful story, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks, Dale.

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  26. What a fun story, Lisa! I can see a children’s fairytale in this.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Maybe one day, Sara. Thank you 🙂

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