“Sea Mist Dreams,” #Haibun #Senryu

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction challenge for January 31, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about sea mist. How does it create an environment for a story? It can set the stage or take the stage. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by February 5, 2019.


I walk along the sandy path strewn with starfish and seashells which seems to beckon me toward the sea. Pearls and aquamarine crystals dot the trail. The salt water scent of the sea mist wafts over me as the sound of stormy waves crashing against stony cliffs draws me closer to my goal.

I imagine the mer-people, undines, water nymphs, and sirens who assist with the flow of life, balancing emotions with healing, cleansing, love, and beauty. I can’t help but wonder how I got here.

Childish dreams bring hope—
as past and present conspire
to present new paths.

©2019 Colleen Chesebro

Happy Saturday, my friends. <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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59 Comments

  1. So lovely sis 💜

  2. Your voice is serenity
    Your words so soothingly strung. Thank you for this moments respite

  3. Nicely done – it is beautiful

  4. What beautiful words.

  5. What an underwater dream, Colleen!

  6. Beautifully written ♥

  7. Beautiful, Colleen. What a lovely take on the prompt. You transported me there. 🙂

  8. There’s nothing as uplifting as the sea. This is beautiful, Colleen <3

  9. Splendid imagery, Colleen! You took me to the beach, and I was watching it all. <3

  10. Delightful! I could smell that wonderful seaweed as I read my way through your story and found my way into the poem 🙂

  11. Lovely. Who cares how one gets to an idyllic place like this, as long as you end up living in the moment to the fullest.

  12. This is delightful, Colleen.

  13. I see the path so clearly, all the details lighting the way to a place of feminine energy and healing.

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  15. I love the mystical quality of your sea mist story, Colleen. Your poetic conclusion is perfect.

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