Golden Grasses in the Snow

The north wind blows the snow in swirling luminous eddies.

Biting cold seeps into the woman’s fruitless body prostate on the ground.

Sparkling snow, deep in some places, barren in others, fans over her splayed-out chestnut hair.

Spiky golden stalks of grass rubbing in the wind,

Scratching, scratching in the snow.

~ ~ ~

What could end the promise of another breath or another day?

How could one so young and strong lose the beating of her heart, as

a swirling storm inside raged against her desolate soul –

never to feel the tender touch of one so small.

Clouds cast shadows against the darkness of the night.

Spiky golden stalks of grass rubbing in the wind,

Scratching, scratching in the snow.

~ ~ ~

The light of a setting sun washes across snowy dunes on the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, with Mt. Susitna in the background.

golden grass in snow7/2/2014 Image from Carl Johnson Photography blog at

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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