Hi, Everyone. It’s Merril. Welcome to Prosery Monday!
If you’re new to dVerse and/or Prosery, the idea is to write a piece of prose that includes a line from a poem that the dVerse host, in this case me, gives in the prompt.
So, if you’re used to writing verse, this might be a different direction for you to write a piece of flash fiction with a beginning, middle, and end. Or you can write nonfiction, perhaps a memoir type thing, if you choose. But it must be prose, and it must be succinct—no more than 144 words.
In the past couple of strange weeks of our increasingly strange and sometimes seemingly directionless world, some have been promoting the work of black artists, musicians, poets, and writers. So, today I thought I’d share a line from poet Gwendolyn Brooks (June 7, 1917-December 3, 2000). Prosery prompts are tricky in that you want to pick a line that is unique, but that also will fit into a prose piece and sound natural.
The line I’ve selected is:
“We go in different directions down the imperturbable street.”
I’ll admit that I chose the line because of the word imperturbable. The poem is “An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire.” You can read the entire poem here.
For the prosery prompt you are allowed to change the punctuation in the given line. However, you may not add words to or delete words from the line itself.
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.
– Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts.
Many of us are feeling weary and overwhelmed. I know I’ve had days that I just feel like I can’t do the prompts or read posts by others. You can always go back and revisit a prompt on your own or share a poem on an Open Link Night. That said, I will, of course, respond to every post for this prompt. I look forward to reading what you come up with. As of right now, I have no idea what I’ll be writing about! 😀