Hello, All! Welcome to Prosery Monday!
Prosery is our latest addition to the dVerse universe. This will be our fourth prosery prompt. If you’re not yet acquainted with the dVerse term, let me explain. It is a flash fiction (of any genre) that incorporates a line from a poem—prose from poetry! It must be no more than 144 words. If your prosery piece is exactly 144 words, then you get a virtual gold star and another drink at the dVerse pub. You must include the given prompt line within your story and within the wordcount.
Sarah used a line from the UK’s soon-to-be poet laureate Alice Oswald. I decided to take a line from the new US poet laureate, Jo Harjo. I was going to write more about her, but I thought perhaps people would not want her background to influence their own work. So, you can read about her here.
You can also find links to some of her other poems there, and there are many lines that would have worked for this prompt. I’ve selected this line:
“These memories were left here with the trees”
from the poem “How to Write a Poem in a Time of War.” You can read the entire poem here.
Don’t forget this is prose, not poetry. When you are done, don’t forget to put your link in Mr Linky below and come back and read what others have written. As I compose this prompt, I don’t know yet what I will write about, but I will be eager to see what everyone comes up with.
***I apologize for being so erratic with my participation and reading over the last few months. Some of you know I’ve had some personal and professional obligations. I promise to read everything that comes through for this prosery prompt–though it may take me a few days, as I’m still have these other obligations. I’m hoping things will ease up a bit next month.
Hi, Everyone! How is it 3:00 here already? The pub is now open. Grab and drink and read some stories!
Rob Kistner said:
Hope all is well Merril! In face of your time demands, a special thank you for hosting today. The prompt leads me to wtitre about my favorite topic, NATURE! Will be a pleasure… 🙂
I’ll be over in just a bit. Thanks!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Thanks for hosting today Merril! Putting the finishing touches on now…
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I have to warn that my story is a bit sad and gruesome… to me the prompt invited that… maybe nature, but memories are also fear.
Thank you for participating. Yes, I can definitely see that from the prompt.
Hello Merril and All. Im sitting in my car and looking at the stone/floral labyrinth/mandala I just walked through. Will read,write, then read again after getting home. Its 70 degrees and sunny. Just right. Later!
Hi Jade. It sounds lovely. I look forward to reading yours.
Just got home.
Laura Bloomsbury said:
thank you for an enticing piece of poetry for our prosery
You’re quite welcome. Thank you for participating with such a poignant piece.
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Glenn A. Buttkus said:
I may have misread your prompt. I thought we could use your poetic choice or some other line from a different poem. I guess you meant Harjo’s other poems? My muses sent me off using a line from a Leonard Cohen poem. I guess I’ll be the odd man out this time; my bad. At least mine is exactly 144 words.
Sorry I wasn’t clear Glenn. I did say to include the given prompt line, but I guess I should have made that more definite.
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Glenn Buttkus said:
OK, I wrote amore appropriate bit of prosery and posted it; sorry about my confusion.
That’s OK. We’ve only done “prosery” a few times. Perhaps I wasn’t very clear.
Victoria C. Slotto said:
Just finished reading a novel, The Memory Tree–poignant story about WWI in England. Ties in nicely with this prompt. Like you, I’m in the midst of busyness, so not sure if I will come up with something, but then, I do have a week. Love this prompt.
Thank you, Victoria. I hope you’ll be able to join in.
wow what a woman and what a story, thanks for sharing this!
Thank you–I’m glad you enjoyed it!
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Frank J. Tassone said:
Good Evening, Poets! Thanks, Merril, for hosting Prosery! I’ve weathered some chronological complications myself, with a new school year starting.
Hope to see you all on the trail soon! 🙂
Frank J. Tassone said:
My pleasure, Merril! 🙂
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Trees! Well you know I had to do something for this…(K)
Of course! 🙂
Hi Merril and dVerse poets everywhere! I am back home now and catching up with prompts. Thank you for hosting, Merril, and for providing us with a great line about trees, my favourite plants! I haven’t written my prose yet but I’m working on it – I’m a bit down because I had to leave my daughter and grandson and won’t see them again until November. They move into their new home over the coming weekend. I just hope that they have it straightened out in time. I hope your world is balanced again soon, Merril.
Thanks for participating, Kim. Sorry about not seeing your daughter and grandson for a while. My older daughter lives in Massachusetts, so we don’t see her as often as we see our other daughter. Hugs!
Thank you, Merril. 😊
Goops. I just realised that I exceeded the number of words allowed. Sorry.
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For some reason, I thought we were supposed to find a different poet and to make use of his/her line of poetry that dealt with trees, so this is what I did, using a line from a Sharon Olds poem. Breaking the rules again.
Sorry, I thought I explained, but I guess I was not clear.
But it is exactly 144 words, at least!
Caitlin Gramley said:
How long does the link stay open?
I believe it’s open all week.