Donna Quixote – Flash Fiction

20 Sep

She had fought against nuclear, coal fired, open cast mines.  Their scars and pollution unforgivable in an age of knowledge and science and TV images.  She imagined the power of the wind could be captured and transformed in some ethereal way:  a gift from the angels, as they beat their wings.  But the plans came with their towers and turbines; their concrete and roads; their dead, mangled birds.  They came with visitor centres, walkways and cycle tracks; viewpoints in the punctured landscape.

So, she harnessed her energy and wrote her objections.  She made her placards; she stood her ground.  She fought the windmills, but still they came: pushing through the frosted ground; rising up in the haar.  The turbo giants piercing the yellow grey sky; marching across the hillside, bringing a beauty and a power all of their own.


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