Writing Challenges

The Raven Runes

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March 1, 2018, Carrot Ranch Literary Community prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a raven. It can be in nature or used to describe humanity as a metaphor. Follow the bird. Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by March 6, 2018, to be included in the compilation (published March 7). Rules are here. All writers are welcome!


stealer of souls
when seen in groups of three
Goddess Morrigan’s familiar
Augurs interpret messages
by which way the bird flies
divine omens

The crone found it hard to dispute the wisdom of the Runes. Her predictions usually rang true. If so, the harbinger of death was on his way.

The corvid flew in from the east landing in an oak tree, chanting, “I’m not here to claim your soul, I’m here to set you free.”

The trappings of age fell away. She rose from the Chrysalis shedding her sheltered state. Then, she began to write…

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

This poem is a Butterfly Cinquain (9 lines, with syllables per line: 2, 4, 6, 8, 2, 8, 6, 4, 2). I guess you could call this a Butterfly Cinquain Haibun. Visually, the poem takes the shape of a butterfly but for this exercise, I thought it looked like a raven’s wings. Creativity takes many shapes.

One of my favorite myths about the raven is how they bring about transmutation or rebirth. ❤

happy saturday



      1. This spiritual awakening many are experiencing is very strange and difficult sometimes. I feel an impulse to give you my email -feel free to contact me if you feel the urge at any time – talking it through with someone else on the same journey can help sometimes. suzanne_593@hotmail.com

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  1. Ravens are highly intelligent, as I’m sure you know. There are a couple who live near my quad, and they keep an eye on me when I’m outside, reliably squawking if anyone comes onto the property.


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