remember the chant


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Brothers Fritz and Josef and their cousin, Albert, have reached the forest with the ancient, sacred Oak Tree. They are sharing memories of the chants their elders sang when the three were children.

“I remember a chant,” Fritz said, “but I don’t know if it was one that we used at the tree spirit gatherings.”

“Out with it then,” Albert said. “My ass can’t sit on this tree root much longer.”

Fritz scowled at his cousin. cleared his throat and began.

Oh, beyond the oceans,

Oh, beyond the seas,

Grows a green Oak

With three trunks.

Albert snorted. “That doesn’t even rhyme.”

Josef stepped forward and drew his cloak around him with a theatrical flourish. “It doesn’t have to, you dullard. Shut your mouth or I’ll cut off your other leg.”

“Ah, ya horse’s ass.”

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About jeanlatzgriffin

Jean Latz Griffin is the owner of CyberINK, a small business that produces quirky skeleton-themed products. She has finished the first draft of a historical fantasy and received comments from her agent. She has turned to Orson Scott Card for tips on the second draft. She is author of "In the Same Breath," and "One Spirit: A Creation Story for the 21st Century." She has a certificate in creative writing from the University of Chicago's Writers Studio. Griffin is a member of the growing community of former Chicago Tribune reporters, enjoys Weekend Writing Warriors and the Story Studio in Chicago. Her Sheltie, Thunder, likes to "type" on her computer keys, and Dr Wu, a Weimaraner, likes to lick her ear when she is trying to think. Her husband passed in June of 2011. Her three fabulous grown sons live nearby. She plays violin in an amateur string orchestra.

15 Responses

  1. I like it! This is the first I’ve read of this and I like the banter. Particularly the bit about cutting the other leg off. I get a sense of the relationship they have with one another, the history they share. Great snippet!

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