Corn Tale

A Short Story

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
9 Pages
Reviewed on 01/15/2017
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Corn is one of the most genetically modified edible foods grown on this planet. It is a mainstay product that has found its place in just about every food product available. Humans have created the ultimate bug and disease resistant product and it grows large cobs, a very prolific crop. But listen to the cobs of corn talk amongst themselves; listen to the story of Teosinte, the first wild corn that attracted human attention. And then listen to the bees that are slowly dying all around the globe. Whilst the cobs of corn bemoan the fact that they have been genetically modified and mass produced for the benefit of humans, the dwindling bee population struggles for survival in the increasingly more human polluted atmosphere. The bees have a solution. It takes time, but over the course of a few seasons, the bees manage to do some cross pollination of their own and genetically modify corn back to its original wild state. It’s not good for humans, but the rest of the living world fares much better.

M.M. Bygrove’s Corn Tale: A Short Story reads like a legend, anthropomorphically creating communicable creatures out of the fields of corn. In so doing, the legend tells of a time when humanity spoiled the earth, but the bees and the corn, through communal effort and the age-old art of storytelling, took back what had always been rightfully theirs. This is a story with a powerful message, much in tune with the knowledge imparted by such scientific minds as Rachel Carson and her prophetic book, Silent Spring. This type of story needs to be told over and over again until we humans finally take note, listen, and learn to respect our environment. Why? Because without our environment, we are nothing. Brilliantly done!