“The Crow’s Secret,” Flash Fiction


June 21, 2018, the Carrot Ranch Literary Community Flash Fiction prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about “not all is lost.” It can include recovery from disaster, an unexpected insight after a fall, or however the phrase moves you. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by June 26, 2018.



She was losing control of her powers. Zaria woke up, hovering above the bed staring down at the rumpled sheets twisted below. She fell, landing hard on the floor. Without her magic, she was nothing. She would be banned from the witch’s council.

Zaria arose from the floor. From his perch on the windowsill, crow flapped his wings and landed on her shoulder. He whispered in her ear, “Not all is lost. I’m here to give you the gift of clairvoyance.”

The young witch grinned. She felt the veil lift. Thank you crow, I see what you are saying.”

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro



I’ve been seeing crows! These fascinating birds have both a good and bad reputation with plenty of stories to back up those beliefs. Explore some crow mythology HERE.

Some see crows as the harbingers of death. I see them as an omen of change. Crows symbolize ancient wisdom and knowledge. When the crow appears, be reminded of who you are, and what you are capable of.

It is believed that crows appear to encourage you to use your second sight. With the gift of clairvoyance, one can peer into the spirit realm. Better yet, the crow is asking us to live authentically and to embrace our true potential.

Can you see what I’m saying?

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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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  1. Love your take sis 😍

  2. Cute. This is a lot harder than it looks, a story in a few words.

  3. Great one! Crows are such interesting animals and love the positive message. Well done, Colleen!

  4. I just had to read this story Colleen. My friend and I were serenaded by a young crow on Friday as I helped her weed in her garden. 😍

  5. Very nice piece.

  6. I see exactly what you’re saying. 🙂 Fun story, Colleen.

  7. Excellent, sister. I loved this. I think crows always bring hope when all seems lost. They were The Morrigan’s birds when a battle had ended and they worked with her to release the souls of the fallen warriors.

  8. Crows are magnificent and mischevious. Your flash captures both!

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  10. A lovely positive piece, Colleen. Crows and Ravens are both very interesting birds.

    • I’m rather fascinated with the crows right now. There are a few that hang around our neighborhood. They don’t mess with all the tiny finches or siskins, so I’ve been feeling their vibes. LOL! 😀

  11. (Glad to see you are up and running again… Cheers, Jules)

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