The Choice

November 30, 2017, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes self-care. Does the character need it? What does the character do? Think about how you can use this action to deepen a character or move a story. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by December 7, 2017, to be included in the compilation (published December 8). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


Grief affects everyone differently. There is no rhyme or reason as to how one should deal with grief or loss either. It’s up to the person to come to grips with the passing of those we love. It’s never easy.

I’ve recently been dealing with the passing of my beloved dogs. It’s the loss that is hard to deal with – the starting over and changing one’s reality from what it used to be. I felt lost…

However, I am an optimist always looking forward. What I discovered and what soothed and restored me was meditation. I liken it to healing myself from the inside out. That desire to rebuild and heal prompted this piece. <3

The Choice

Painful sobs wracked her body while anguished cries escaped from her throat with an unrecognized resonance. She finally understood that death in its malevolence took what it desired leaving an emptiness in its wake. She knew she needed to survive by moving forward or she’d perish.

Nearby, the crystals beckoned to her emitting an ethereal glow. Meditate, they whispered. Align your chakras and feel your healing life force restored. She sat, quieting her breath, slipping into a meditative state. Her breath inhaled the restorative energy while exhaling the grief and loss.

Revitalized by love, she accepted a new path.

Thanks for stopping by. <3

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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28 Comments

  1. Wonderful take 💜

  2. Love it. Big hugs, Colleen.

  3. Great take, and even though I don’t know you, a big hug to give you strength for dealing with the passing of your dogs. May the force be with you.

  4. Excellent take Colleen, you are right grief takes on a form that is unique for each of us, I’ve experienced with my parent’s deaths….and I’m glad you found a way to deal with yours.

  5. A wonderful, healing practice. Wishing you balance. Love the story, Colleen.

  6. Being able to see a new path can be difficult.

  7. I am sorry that you are feeling so much pain, Colleen. Time is the great healer.

  8. Terribly sorry for your loss. We always had airedales, and each one we lost hurt for a long time. I’m sending a small story for your prompt, and hope you understand that there is no disrespect meant for your pain, but only a hope for joy for you if you decide to get a new puppy.

    Santa And The S-Elf Carlton

    “Hey, Care…”

    Carlton Elf slowed enough to look behind him without walking into one of the giant

    candy cane lampposts.

    “Twelfth Elf,” he muttered under his breath. “Just what I needed.”

    With no escape possible, Carlton turned around, smiling.

    “Hi Twelfth.”

    “Hey, Super-Elf, you’re needed.”

    Oh darn. He had been hoping for a day of real, not sweet, food, and maybe a

    movie. Something with nothing in it that looked like anything he had assembled and

    packed in the toy section of the workshop lately.

    “So what does the boss want this time?”

    “Hey, Super-elf, you’re on puppy delivery.”

    Copyright Dunnasead.co 2017

  9. Lovely intro to your piece, Colleen, and beautiful writing. Also some wisdom in there for people experiencing loss. <3

    • Diana, thank you for your encouragement. I am currently reading Caitlain’s Bane and wishing I could write like you! I am drawn by the dystopian nature of the book and how real it feels in our current political culture. Wow! Consider me a fan of your writing! <3

  10. Ah, the pain of losing a pet resides in the comfort and companionship they give. It is an utter emptiness when they pass. Meditation helps. I use the Calm App on my phone. And rocks! I appreciate how you took your wisdom and pain to turn it into a flash! I’m sending you a big hug!

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