Stone Boat

The archer’s arm quivers as he aims— one end of the arrow cradled in its nock, the other furious with flame. A sound like a sparrow follows; the arrow staves the air above our heads. Soon, fire feathers the pyre like fletching.

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16 thoughts on “Stone Boat

  1. “…the other furious with flame.” was my favorite, but the whole thing was on fire. 🙂
    (And since we’re confessing, I had to look up fletching.)

      1. It was a risk to put in so many words that were so archery specific, so I tried to give context clues: the nock being at the other end of the arrowhead, the feathers and the fletching. Maybe I should have added links to definitions?

      2. I didn’t intend that as a criticism. I loved the rich language of this and didn’t mind looking up the words to make sure I fully understood. Didn’t you do a shot of espresso that gave a name to the use of language specific to an activity or environment?

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