The Chestnut Tree

For eighty years I’ve been coming to sit beneath this tree, observing the cycle of birth and re-birth. Emerald springs spent playing under its blossom; golden summers spent picnicking with my children in its shade; fiery autumns like this one spent watching my grandsons gather its chestnuts. But now, as it must, winter is coming.



Sandra-Jane Goddard.

  • Austin Briggs

    Oh, this is so good — wonderfully written and disturbing…

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Thanks, Austin. So glad that you have been able to resurrect this contest!

  • Diana Peach

    Lovely and wistful.

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Thanks, Diana.

  • a. partridge

    Wonderful. It makes me feel like the chestnut tree stands watch over the family.

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Oh, thank you! That’s what I was struggling to achieve.

  • Alan Barker

    So visual, I became so involved in Nature’s passing of time.

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Thank you, Alan for that affirming comment.

  • Brad W. Beatty

    Awesome imagery and detail. A true masterpiece written in 55 words or less. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Brad, your feedback has put a smile on my face. Thank you so much.

  • Laura Rittenhouse

    Oh yes, winter comes to us all. I hope we all can have such a place to let our memories linger.

  • Luke Reynolds

    Wow. This story took me on a journey through time and emotion

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Thank you for that lovely comment, Luke.

  • Diana Feltner

    The cycle of life in 55 words or less…wonderful.

    • Sandra-Jane Goddard

      Thanks for your warm feedback, Diana.