“Be the Crane,” #flashfiction


May 10, 2018, Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Challenge prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by May 15, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.


Osha’s essence soared in the celestial expanses of his spiritual quest. His soul maneuvered through the ebony cosmos littered with sparkling pulsars guiding him toward his goal.

A crane, outlined in stars floated before him in the macrocosm. This bird was his spirit animal associated with royalty, balance, grace, and longevity.

The crane spoke, “Do not express your opinions, protect your family, and keep balance in life. This is the charisma of the cranes.”

Osha felt the oneness opening, and he became the crane. In the Menominee tradition, Osha claimed his new name, Atokngyam, belonging to the Crane Clan.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro


follow your heartBE the Crane! Happy Writing! ❤

15 thoughts on ““Be the Crane,” #flashfiction

    1. Oh… thank you. Glad you liked it! It was the first thing that popped into my head – Along with his name. I had to look up the Menominee name for the Crane Clan. ❤ Something I think I channel this stuff. LOL! 😀

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. You know something pops into your head and won’t leave? That’s how this piece came to be. All I could do was write it. ❤

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