It is Random CD Prompt time again! So go find a song as randomly as you like and use its first line as your own (credit goes where it is due, as always). From there, go where your imagination takes you, be it poetry or prose.
I tend to avoid resorting to this prompt when I'm struggling to come up with something new, and then before I know it months have passed since the last time I brushed it off. So in my desire to avoid overusing it, I end up using it less than I'd like. I shall find a balance eventually.
The song I ended up using was discovered while listening to The Fox online - it was the second or third song to come on after I started the player, I laughed when I recognized it, and it was pretty much game over at that point.
Welcome To The Jungle - Guns N Roses
"Welcome to the jungle."
I studied the speaker for a moment, trying to determine whether or not he was serious. As best I could tell, he was. Of course he was.
"I'm not certain that this really qualifies," I said as I returned my gaze to our surroundings. That was putting it as mildly as I could manage without risking the loss of my lunch.
"I do not understand."
"You...?" I found myself, not for the first time that week, struggling to find the right words. "Well, it just seems like there should be... more of it."
"This is all that remained when our crews arrived. I can assure you that everything that could be saved, was."
"Fair enough." I cleared my throat, the intensity of his gaze making me uncomfortable. I wondered if I'd ever get used to being watched by those eyes. "I know that jungles don't exist where you come from, but in Earth terms... this doesn't cut it."
"Then what would you humans call this?"
"This," I said with a weak wave of my hand, "is just a tree."