Visual Writing Prompt 35 Life in the Desolation. A familiar truism is that life is fragile. While that certainly seems to often be the case, it is also true that, paradoxically, life is resilient. Take the trees and shrubs of the desert as a great example. In this arid wilderness, they have all they need to survive. Humans too are usually tougher than we give them credit for. Tell a story (short or flash fiction) of survival.