What is Carrot Ranch?
I’ve had the privilege of writing with a great bunch of poets, writers, and authors over at carrotranch.com every week where we write 99-word stories. This is no simple task, but like syllabic poetry, it’s a study in brevity. Every week, our lead buckaroo, Charli Mills, gives us a prompt to create our 99-word story.
The Carrot Ranch 99-Word Story, April 18, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about never-ending. You can hyphenate never-ending or write an example of a story that never ends. What is endless and why? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by April 23, 2022.
This is a Double Ennead, a form I created for Carrot Ranch. It consists of three stanzas of syllables: 6-5-11-6-5, which comes to 99 syllables.
The Never-Ending Winter
winter's eternal chill remains mantled in unyielding leaden skies filled with sleety rain while the goddess slumbers readying for spring it's just one of those years the farmers bellow surveying wet fields glazed with inches of snow soon our plows will furrow and seedlets will grow yet, winter's unhurried— infinite, it seems... for beneath the Michigan soil, magic waits the transition of time until spring has sprung! © Colleen M. Chesebro