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Flash Fiction, Writing

Trifextra Week 51: Dreams of Greatness

This weekend’s Trifextra Challenge offers the opportunity to provide 33 words related to a photo. I chose this one:

ZeroOne / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

My submission is titled “Dreams of Greatness:”

Should she unfurl her majestic wings for the hunt?
Her prey was not furred and fast-moving
but fried and dropped by hasty pedestrians.
Eagle or not, riding thermals in NYC was always fantastic.


  1. joetwo January 18, 2013 3:57 pm

    True! Pigeons have their own majesty. Predators get all the glory I find.

    • AR Neal January 18, 2013 3:58 pm

      Truly! Pigeons are second only to seagulls…having grown up on the Jersey shore, I have many a harrowing tale of the strong-willed gull in battle with the unknowing tourist…

  2. Jennifer Dillon January 18, 2013 5:06 pm

    Seriously, if a NYC pigeon comes for your street treat, give it up, they have the advantage.

    • AR Neal January 18, 2013 5:09 pm

      So very true! That first look says it all: “Gimme!”

  3. jwilliams057 January 18, 2013 9:55 pm

    Everybody loves french fries.

    • AR Neal January 18, 2013 9:59 pm

      That is almost too true πŸ˜‰

  4. themisanthropicmuse January 18, 2013 11:32 pm

    “but fried and dropped by hasty pedestrians.” Yup, would be easy pickins’ too if it weren’t for there being ten gazillion other pigeons in the vicinity. Heh. Cute story πŸ™‚

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 2:19 am

      Thank you!

  5. stephanie January 19, 2013 12:39 am

    Sad but true about the fried food. I always find that disturbing when I see tourists tossing junk food to animals. But, who can resist those thermals – that’s the upside!

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 2:18 am

      Right? I can’t believe some of the things people feed animals. Don’t even get me started on safari parks…

  6. Patti January 19, 2013 12:43 am

    There is an excitement about NYC that you’ve captured well. I love riding the “thermals” there myself.

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 2:16 am

      Agreed! Thank you!

  7. Renee TennisMcKinley (@2old2tap) January 19, 2013 1:13 am

    I like the predatory outlook you’ve given her. A good thing to have when you’re not the only hungry pigeon.

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 2:14 am

      Very true!

  8. Tom MacInnes (@cobourgcobbie) January 19, 2013 4:24 am

    Having grown up on the east coast of Canada, I can attest to the nastiness of seagulls and pigeons. I think it is a sad commentary on our society that they eat “human” left-behinds to the extent that they do. When we constantly plow their habitats under, they will find their own way to live, I suppose.
    I have only ever read two pieces of your writing but, I am out of line to use the term, “gritty realism” to describe your style? Regardless of term, you can just, flat out, write! I enjoy your words immensely.

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 6:38 am

      Thank you so much–I am honored by your comment for sure! Must be an east coast thing…I and my family are originally from southern New Jersey πŸ™‚

  9. jannatwrites January 19, 2013 4:45 am

    Great vantage point to scope out the food. With the element of surprise, she’s bound to score!

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 6:39 am

      And they usually do…

  10. deanabo January 19, 2013 4:45 am

    Terrific take on this picture!

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 6:39 am

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  11. Rachael January 19, 2013 5:05 am

    If I was a pigeon I would probably prefer french fries to rodents too! Fun entry this week πŸ™‚

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 6:40 am

      I agree–this was a fun challenge πŸ™‚

  12. Misky January 19, 2013 11:37 am

    A refreshing view from a pigeon’s point of view!

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 2:12 pm

      Thank you!

  13. Draug419 January 19, 2013 4:33 pm

    I’d swoop down on some french fries πŸ˜€

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 4:41 pm

      True! Me too; I have been accused of the occasional swooping when there are fries afoot…

  14. KymmInBarcelona January 19, 2013 6:18 pm

    The thrill of the thermals would be the same, in whatever form!

    • AR Neal January 19, 2013 6:34 pm

      Very true!!

  15. cshowers January 20, 2013 12:42 am

    Oh I liked this! “Eagle or not, riding thermals in NYC was always fantastic” – even pigeons can have the heart of warriors! Many blessings!


    • AR Neal January 20, 2013 1:02 am

      Thank you!

  16. zennjennc January 20, 2013 8:42 pm


    • AR Neal January 20, 2013 8:53 pm

      Thank you! It was a fun prompt πŸ™‚

  17. trifectawriting January 21, 2013 1:25 am

    City pigeon/country pigeon. Love it.

    • AR Neal January 21, 2013 1:28 am

      Thank you! I guess she’s a lot like me πŸ™‚

  18. Joe Owens February 9, 2013 1:42 pm

    Very creative and fitting.

    • AR Neal February 9, 2013 6:13 pm

      Thank you Joe! It was fun writing πŸ™‚

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