Prayer to the Nature Spirits, #FlashFiction

One of my favorite writing challenges is found at Carrot Charlie Mills, the lead Buckaroo, shares a weekly challenge by providing a prompt. The Rules are listed in the link below:

This is the first time in many months I’ve had the time to take part. Since the first draft of my poetry book is with my content editor, I have the chance to spread my wings. It feels like I’m coming home to family.

The flash fiction challenge July 23, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to show what it is to protect nature around us. It can be set in any era or told in any genre. You can fictionalize a true story or completely make it up. Go where the prompt leads!

Respond by July 28, 2020.

Prayer to the Nature Spirits

Tara heaved the last rock into place. Twelve stones twisted in a spiral around the ancient Rowan tree.

“What does the tree mean, Nanna?”

“The tree symbolizes the nature spirits, Maeve. It’s roots sink into the earth, past the Ancestors to the water below while its branches touch the sky, to reach the Shining Ones. We live in the middle realm between the Ancestors below and the realm of the Shining One’s above. It’s up to us to give offerings and thanks, and to protect the land.”

The two knelt down in the earth and said a silent prayer.

©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro

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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 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 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 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
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  1. It sounds like a moment Maeve will remember (I hope).

  2. Your story serves as a good reminder that we should thank the nature spirits more often.

  3. Beautiful message Sis <3

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  5. Something more of us should be doing these days. (K)

  6. So beautiful, Colleen! Your submission is a great use of the prompt!

  7. D.L. Finn, Author

    I love this, Colleen:) it gave me a peaceful moment.

  8. You make a great tree avatar, Colleen! The Rowan tree and the lesson imparted from one woman to another is a strong story of connectivity.

  9. This is one of the most “Colleen” things I’ve ever read. 🙂

    • LOL! I’ll take that as a compliment. It’s the handing down of the old ways that I love so much. You know I have a tree with a Pagan spiral. It pays to show respect for the land spirits. <3

  10. I love this, Colleen. So serene and unified.

  11. 💞nature

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