Grandfather’s Stacking Stones

By Gypsie-Ami Offenbacher-Ferris
(99 words)
Hosted by Charli Mills
Welcome to Carrot Ranch Literary Community where creative writers from around the world and across genres gather to write 99-word stories based on the visual prompt above.

Grandfather say,
When you stack
seven stone perfectly,
you have reached
perfection in your life.
Now I teach my grandson
same life lesson.

I say to my grandson,
You see these seven stones
are all the same but each stone
is different in shape, form
color, texture and smell.
I watched him hold one of
the smaller stones to his nose.

My grandson wrinkled his nose
he sneezed quite indelicately
three times in a row, then lifted
another stone and another, having
sneezed only after sniffing
the smaller first stone the first time.
I tell my grandson to remember.


  1. berniebell1955 says:

    One thing really does lead to another…one ‘Grandfather’ poem led me to another – ‘Grandfather’s Stacking Stones’……and….

    The theme of producing ephemeral works – connects again.

    And I think to myself – what a wonderful world.


  2. judeitakali says:

    Really like this stacking tradition or lore.

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    1. Very glad you enjoyed it Jude! 😊

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  3. Jaya Avendel says:

    I love the generational feels in this poem and how it flows through the ages!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much Jaya! It is what we lack so much in this and previous generations as we get further and further removed from our roots. ❤️

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