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Welcome to another edition of Prosery, where we exit our comfort zone and compose some prose! Using the line below, write a prose piece of no more than 144 words (excluding title). If you’re up for the challenge, write your prose in exactly 144 words!

Today, the United States celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A modern prophet, Dr. King’s tireless advocacy of Civil Rights helped transform a nation stratified along racial lines. While the struggle for authentic equality is far from over, his leadership and monumental contribution to the cause led to the end of legal discrimination.

His example inspired the poet and storyteller extraordinaire Maya Angelou to work for him as the northern coordinator for King’s SCLC. She honored the themes of his famous “I have a Dream” speech in her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, “On the Pulse of Morning”—27 years ago on this day!

How fitting, then, is it for us to include this line from that poem  in our prose:

 The Rock cries out to us today, You may stand upon me, But do not hide your face.

Maya Angelou, “On the Pulse of Morning” (excerpt) from On the Pulse of Morning. Copyright © 1993 by Maya Angelou. Used by permission of Random House, an imprint and division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
Source: The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (Random House Inc., 1994)

New to dVerse? Here’s what you do:

  • Write the prose of you choice (flash-fiction, etc.) of 144 words or fewer (excluding title) that includes the line.
  • Post it on your personal site/blog
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Have fun!