What do you know of Cranes?


Smaerd turns to me, “tell me about Cranes.”

I jumped right in, “ah, ‘Story of the Cranes’, do you know scholars deny it?”

Smaerd looked at me, “no not that.”

I didn’t ask, just jumped right in, again.

“Oh, you mean, a thousand origami Cranes and how they make a wish come true!”

Smaerd now exasperated, said  “no, tell me of Cranes, their role, describe them, anything but the sentiments humans attach to them.”

I looked aghast, for I knew nothing of Cranes.” I hear they dance with charisma, ………” silence….. Do they fly? Do they chirp?……

Don’t you judge!😃


Image credit: FrankWinkler


Interesting Fact 1: Story of the cranes is a refuted historical tale of how Satan tried to influence prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) revelations.

Interesting Fact 2: It is a popular belief in Japan that if you make a thousand origami Cranes, your wish will come true.


This post was inspired by Carrot ranch literary community May 10, 2018: Flash Fiction Challenge.

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.







3 thoughts on “What do you know of Cranes?

  1. Such a fun back and forth dialog to capture some knowledge beyond the myths. And thank you for sharing some interesting facts. I wonder if the lesson of a 1,000 cranes is if one focuses on a single task, wishes would come true!

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    1. I love your wise take on the origami myth, I will not be surprised if that is the real lesson. Quite obvious really. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and broadening mine😊.

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