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Hi, Everyone. It’s Merril. Welcome to Prosery Monday!

For the dVerse Prosery prompt, we write prose that includes a line from a poem. This line is given in the prompt—you do not choose it. So, you are being challenged to write a piece of flash fiction with a beginning, middle, and end. But you are to do it succinctly—after all, we are poets. Your Prosery piece must not exceed 144 words.

The world seems strange and off-kilter lately–yet, daffodils are popping up around here, the birds are singing, and the trees are budding. Today is between the Ides of March and St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe that means something; maybe it doesn’t.

For today’s prompt, you must use the following line:

“I don’t know why I was surprised every time love started or ended.”

You are allowed to change the punctuation in the given line. This line comes from Jane Hirshfield’s poem, “I wanted to be surprised.” You can read the full poem here.

Here’s how to take part in the Prosery Prompt:

–   Write a piece of flash fiction of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line.

–   Post your Prosery piece on your blog and link back to this post.

–   Place the link to your actual post in the Mister Linky site.

–   Don’t forget to check the little box to accept use/privacy policy

–   Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts.

I’ve been off and on dVerse lately, but I will respond to every post for this prompt. Remember you are to write prose, incorporate the given line, and use no more than 144 words. Surprise me.