Hello, writers of dVerse! Welcome to our second ever Prosery prompt!
dVerse has always been a place of poetry, but we decided it might be fun – and challenging – to try something a little different. The Prosery prompt starts with a line taken from a poem, and asks you to write a piece of flash fiction incorporating that line, in full, somewhere in the piece of prose. To make it a little more challenging there’s a word limit of 144 words.
Here in the UK we have a Poet Laureate – Simon Armitage was appointed to that post earlier this year. The second most prestigious poetry post in the country is the position of Oxford Professor of Poetry. Alice Oswald will take up that post later this year, and in celebration of that, I’m using a line from one of her poems.
It was a tough choice, but this line stood out for me, and I was intrigued to see what you lot would do with it:
I dreamt I was the moon
It’s taken from her poem “Full Moon”. I’m not printing it here, because I don’t want to influence your writing, but if you want to read it you can find it here: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/49193/full-moon-56d22b0c02d2e.
The image is by David Levinson, originally published in The Times.
- So, remember, this is prose, not poetry.
- You have 144 words to tell your story.
- Mr Linky still applies – don’t forget to link up.
- Remember to read and comment on the work of others
- And have fun!
Charmed Chaos said:
Hello Sarah- Thanks for hosting with such a wonderful prompt! Have a great week everyone!
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Good evening everyone, good evening Sarah. Thank you for this prosery prompt and for sharing the Alice Oswald poem – I hope I’ve done it justice in my flash fiction (which contains some grains of truth!)..
Hi Sarah and All. Whenever I hear of prestigious positions for poets I understand that poetry is important, not just a hobby. Incorporating Sister Moon into prose will be fun.
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Hi again! It’s been quite awhile since I’ve been here. Hope everyone is doing well! 🙂
You’re very welcome! Love your response to the prompt, and hope you enjoy reading around!
Thanks, Sarah! I’m just starting now to visit everyone. 🙂
Jane Swanson said:
Thanks for the prompt. Had a little clutch in posting. First one is a oops.
i ought to be able to fix it, but I don’t know how…thanks for joining in.
Thank you for the great prompt Sarah. I took us up into the mountains, to a lovely moonlit midnight lake.
You certainly did! Thank you for sharing.
Victoria Stuart said:
Hi Sarah, thanks for prompting me to move out of my comfort zone into flash fiction. I don’t know why I consider it an opportunity to get really weird, but I do, and I’m grateful even though I kind of winced when I added my words to Mr. Linky.
It’s always good to be stretched! That wince means you’re experimenting… 😊
Very inspiring prompt Sarah, just posted mine but busy now, will return later to read and comment!
Please don’t delete this link …
I can’t get a comment window to open for me on your site Kate. Wanted to tell you I enjoyed your moon poem, and to concur with you. In the words of Liv Tyler’s dad, Steve — dream on!
odd you can’t get there and more than odd that it has NO comments, about to look into it Rob … thanks for the alert!
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Some great pieces so far! Thanks to all. I’m off to bed now, but I’ll be reading more tomorrow.
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Dr. Crystal Grimes said:
Thank you, Sarah, I love this line! 🙂
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Na'ama Yehuda said:
Ah, the moon …
And this one came to visit.
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I love the prompt, Sarah. Thank you for hosting. We had a big storm late in the afternoon yesterday and our power went out. It just came back on around 4 AM this morning–yay. I’ll try to get something up later.
We had a big storm last night – one of those you spend the whole day waiting for. Today is supposed to be really hot, but at the moment it’s very dull out there. I’m glad you have your power back.
Thanks, Sarah. It looks like we’re going to have a string of nice days finally! If only I didn’t have a book to finish. . . 😉
Get back to that keyboard!!! No sunshine for you. I spent most of yesterday in a windowless office, so I’m enjoying being outside. Hope the book goes well.
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What a wonderful prompt Sarah! (anything with the moon of course…) thanks for the chance to use some of my photos of the moon last week too. (K)
Such great photos – so atmospheric! I’m so glad the prompt worked for you.
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I haven’t done a dverse prompoot for ages – life got in the way. This prompt inspired me to write something. Thank you for the inspiration. https://beinginnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/moon-dreaming/
I’m so glad it struck a chord with you! Thank you for sharing.
Paula Light said:
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Just Barry said:
I just can’t stop thinking about Kyoto Animation. 😦 I wanted to take this prompt someplace dreamy and light, but alas, my heart is heavy.
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I am glad I discovered this site. I have recently ventured into the realm of flash fiction. 🙂 Loved this prompt!
I’m so glad you found us, and that the prompt worked for you!
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Joining in the fun this morning…after staying up late contemplating the moon and this prompt! Thank you, Sarah!
Simply Liliana said:
Hello, To whomever this may concern, my name is Liliana Ibarra and I’m interested in participating in writing prosery. I have a question though, if I do complete the writing with the word Limit of 144 words and with the use of the line ” I dreamed I was in the moon” should I submit it somewhere? Also is this some sort of competition? Those are all the questions I have so far. Thank you. Sincerely, Liliana Ibarra age 14
Hi Liliana – it’s not a competition, dVerse is a place to share our work, and read and support other writers. You should see a link to Mr Linky, where you can add a link to your piece and find links to other writers. DVerse does 3 prompts a week. The link up for Prosery goes up once a month and is open for a week.
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