“Dreaming” 99-Word Story

The Carrot Ranch, July 18, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about floating. Who is floating, where, and in what? Is the floating real or felt internally? Whatever floats your boat, go where the prompt leads! Submit by July 23, 2022. Find the RULES here.

galaxy space
Photo by Felix Mittermeier on Pexels.com


It is night. The darkness swaddles me in a tight embrace. I sense this is a dream, and I glide like a bird in flight, arms extended to catch the air currents; I float. It is in this place of zero gravity where I feel the nothingness of just being. There is no sound other than the steady beat of my heart chakra, a green glow blooming in my chest. With a burst of energy, I soar and dive toward the edge of darkness, which fades into a starry sky.

“Mom, wake up! I’m hungry. When’s breakfast?”

Reality bites!

© Colleen M. Chesebro

Check out the stories from last week’s challenge, “Swarms,” HERE.

Follow Me on Social Media...

Hello! 👋 Welcome to Word Craft Poetry.
It’s nice to meet you.

Sign up to receive notifications of the #TankaTuesday Poetry Challenges, examples of syllabic poetry, news about my poetry books, and more content in your inbox every day.

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

About Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry

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.
Bookmark the permalink.


  1. Ah yes, cats have their way with us, eh? Cute, Sis!

  2. Fun story and beautifully described in so few words. Thanks, Colleen!

  3. hahaha! well played, Colleen!


  4. Oh yes, my dogs wake me from my lovely dreams too. Love it!

  5. Oh… I haven’t gotten to this prompt yet. 🙂
    Critters or children – even husbands sometimes can wake you when you don’t want to be woken!! Fun read.

  6. You had me so relaxed until those last two lines, Colleen! Lol! Great story! 🙂

  7. I love it! What a cute and fun story. I was there!🥰

  8. Excellently done Colleen and so very cat! 💜

  9. Great Colleen, don’t you just love those Dreams where you take off and float or fly…
    I used to get them often… Not so much now….
    Now I dive into water rescuing people Lol… 🙂 and I am not that stronger a swimmer in real life LOL either 🙂

    I enjoyed your tale my friend… Happy Dream Time.. <3

  10. I love this, Colleen! I haven’t had a flying dream in a long time and this made me long for one!

  11. Fun read Sis. Loved where you took this story <3

  12. This was dreamy, Colleen. I could almost imagine that myself. Toni x

  13. Drifting”a 99 word story”
    The lecture hall although hot and cramped was a lot friendlier than the blazing sun outside. She was in between the inaudible lecturer and her sleepy mind. For the umpteenth time she drifted up and away. She smoothed her suit and grabbed her purse. She’d rather brave the blazing sun than spend another minute outside her air-conditioned car. She branched at an eatery and grabbed a bite for herself and her housemate. Smiling as she  spun her steering wheel, she’d soon be home.She felt hot

  14. wonderful response!

  15. Pingback: #109 “Dreaming” 99-Word Story – The Word Scribbler

Leave a Reply