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Greetings, awe-inspiring poet friends. This is Victoria, returning to my favorite poetry community to guest host today’s Prosery prompt.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite poets.

Jane Kenyon was born in 1947 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She grew up in the Midwest of the United States but eventually lived out the remainder of her life in New Hampshire, married to fellow poet Donald Hall. Her poetry is immersed in her environments and in the small or not-so-small realities of daily life. It has been described as simple, spare and emotionally resonant. Jane succumbed all too young to Leukemia in 1995. She was 47 and, at the time, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire.

For those of you new to Prosery, the task is to write a flash fiction story in PROSE of 144 words or less. Ramp it up a bit, if you like, and make it exactly 144 words. The additional challenge is that you must include the following phrase from Kenyon’s poem, “Taking Down the Tree.” I am not including the entire poem as it may influence your own creative take on the lines I have chosen. The great reveal:

If it’s darkness
we’re having, let it be extravagant.

To participate, write your flash fiction, post it on your blog and link it using Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post. Return to the pub to read your fellow poets and to comment on their stories. Community and creativity are what it’s all about. Thank you for joining in.

Photo: V. Slotto