Burning Love By Raymond Roy #poetry #flashfiction

Burning Love By Raymond Roy

The Blackfoot enemy took from me

My soulmate warrior

I am a Cree.

As a young Cree maiden

I fear no man

Blackfoot, Sioux or Shoshoni clan.

With cougar stealth I drew near

Within enemy earshot

No time for fear.

Through elk skin teepee catching wind of

Agonizing torture

Of my hearts own true love.

Setting forest aflame

The cowards fled

And there he was

Left for dead.

Lifting him up

With my strong Cree back

Weighted footprints

Soil burnt black.

Today the creator

Rewards my deed

For in my footsteps grows sacred fireweed.

Word Count- 99 words

Written for Flash Fiction Challenge thanks to Charli for hosting.

My poem is based on a mention of a Native Legend with the exception of giving tribal names. A few interesting facts are that the fireweed blooms from the bottom up and that once the top flower blossoms, winter is six weeks away.


– Goroyboy


  1. Nice take on the prompt. I like the image of the fireweed growing in her footsteps.

    1. goroyboy says:

      Thank you . I appreciate you reading and commenting:)

  2. Michael B. Fishman says:

    Legends are cool, Native American legends are cooler, and Native American legends where fireweed sprouts from the heroine’s footsteps are really cool. Nice take on the prompt!

    1. goroyboy says:

      Thank you Michael for the very thoughtful comment I appreciate it!

  3. Charli Mills says:

    Raymond, you brought a legend to life with verse and imagery. Beautifully written!

    1. goroyboy says:

      Thank you for your kind comment I really appreciate it! It was a very inspirational picture

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