Hello, dVerse Poets! It’s Merril–writing from southern New Jersey with another Prosery prompt.
Prosery is prose that includes a line from a poem. I will give you the line, and then you incorporate it into a short prose piece. This can be either flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, but it must be prose! And it must be no longer than 144 words, not including the title. It does not have to be exactly 144 words.
You must use the line that I give you below. You may change punctuation and capitalize words, but you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the sentence.
Last month, some people thought I chose a difficult line for the prompt. This month, I first thought about a line from a Robert Frost poem; however, it seemed a bit too bland. I wanted something poetic that would still work in prose—and nothing too long, since you only have 144 words. I think I found the right line, but if not, I guess you’ll let me know! 😀
I go to bed early, but I love seeing the moon in the morning when I get up. This past week, I imagined she was watching over me as I took my morning walk. (We poets—such imaginations!) So. . . here’s the line:
“In their dreams
they sleep with the moon.”–From Mary Oliver, “Death at Wind River”
Please also include the dVerse link in your published piece.
Here’s how to take part in the Prosery Prompt:
– Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose 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 (not your blog or web site) in the Mister Linky site.
– Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!
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Hi, Everyone! Welcome. I’m having one of those days–trying to fit a million things in. But the pub is open, and you can help yourselves to anything. Also, a reminder that Björn will be hosting a live dVerse pub on Thursday. You can come with a poem to read or just say hi.
Good evening all and thank you, Merril, for this Prosery prompt, which took me into the future – not too distant, it seems to me, with the terrible fires. I hope all you poets across the pond are safe and sound.
I look forward to reading it!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I really enjoyed writing this… my choice was a totally new perspective… with hopefully a small surprise in the end.
Remember that on Thursday the Open Link will be for real… the first 1.5 hours will be a real live event on Google meet.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Looking forward to the Live event, Bjorn 😀
Great! Thanks for the info. I’ll be by in a few minutes. I’m trying to get mine up!
Ooo! I can’t wait!
Loved the prompt, Merril! 😀 Going to make my rounds now. Happy Prosery Monday! ❤️
I’m so glad you did. I’ll be by in a few minutes. I still have to get mine up. Hahaha.
I look forward to reading you! 😀
You did it AGAIN… I shall modify what I had already started and include the line 😉 Oh… I guess I have to cut it short, too. Hmm…
Hahaha. OK. You’ll figure it out. 😀
I will. 😉
Hello Merril and All. It’s not warm but not cold today and the sun is out. Very pleasant walking weather which I’ll be doing in a bit with my older son. Great Mary Oliver line to be inspired to write prosery! Looking forward to reading what others wrote to it.
Thank you! I am, too!
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Well, I think it’ s a lovely line! Thank you, Merril, for hosting.
Thanks so much, Sarah!
Happy Monday all! Well, I’ve always adored Mary Oliver so was happy to see a line from her as our prompt. I am packing now….as we will drive a rental car out to the very tip of Cape Cod tomorrow and stay in our beloved Provincetown for 8 days. No going in to town on gallery walks or shopping or to restaurants – we are still Covid hunkered down, our own “bubble” so to speak. But how glorious to sit on the deck at the place we’ve rented for 20+ years, and just watch, see, and smell the ocean!
WIll wait to do my reading then….some a bit later on tonight.
PS: Mary Oliver lived in Provincetown and wrote much of her poetry about Ptown and while she was in it. Town Council is contemplating naming a street after her! 🙂
Sounds wonderful to get away and to a place that brings contentment while staying safe. Can’t think of anything better than to watch water. Interesting about Mary Oliver also. Do they have a statue/memorial/museum to honor her there?
Not that I know of. But a memorial could very well be in the works. Provincetown is a very small town. Balloons in the summer but very few year-round residents. I believe she lived there year round for part of her life.
It sounds so lovely, Lillian! Enjoy!
PS: Very much looking forward to the Live Thursday night at the pub! It was soooo fun last time to put faces and voices with names of poets I’ve been reading all these years. If you didn’t come last time, I urge you to join us this time. It really is easy…..just log on to dVerse as usual and Bjorn will be hosting and there will simply be a link to click on!
Hoping to see lots of you there! 🙂
Jane Dougherty said:
I like this line, and have been beavering away at it for ten minutes or so and wondering how I’m ever going to prune any more words out of it. Just realised it’s not meant to be exactly 44 words…
Jane, it’s 144 words (prosery) so maybe it will be easier now 🙂
Jane Dougherty said:
Yeah, I’ve just realised it isn’t the quadrille rule! I couldn’t understand how I ever got a story out of 44 words.
Gillena Cox said:
A very nice prompt, Happy Monday to all
Thank you, and Happy Monday to you, too!
Hi Gillena, hope all is well😊
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Merril, thank you for hosting and the beautiful prompt. I will have to post and run as I have to get the kids to bed and get some sleep myself. Very much looking forward to reading the other responses and the ‘open mic night’ on Thursday!
Thank you for the lovely comment. Understood. We all do this around our crazy schedules. Sweet dreams!
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Good evening everyone. I really should be in bed, but inspiration took hold. Will look into Thursday’s event.
I’m so pleased you felt inspired!
I am heartbroken over the devastating, historically unprecedented, wildfires that continue out-of-control, ravaging California and Oregon. The millions and millions of acres of forest are blazing so hot that the air in California, Oregon, and even here in Washington is so dangerous to breath, we are advised to stay indoors. In my 30+ years of living on the West Coast, I have never experienced the like. With this flaming disaster, and the continuing Covid-19, it feels like the end-of-days out here
ouch sorry it’s all going up in flames, imagine the horror of those living in the path!
If you want health and climate issues addressed you need leaders willing to step up…
Take care Rob!
It is heartbreaking, Rob, and yes, Kate.
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really enjoyed dipping my toes in the sand for this one thanks Merril!
I’m so pleased. Thank you!
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D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
This was fun, thank you for the prompt. I am in but will not be able to read and comment tonight. I’ll be back tomorrow morning, and look forward to seeing what people came up with.
I’m just catching up now. 😀
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Ah, Merril, what a meaningful prompt, especially these days, when so many are laying awake at night, under skies that remain lit, under worries that won’t sleep …
I left my contribution – of a calmer interpretation – with the linky.
I’ve got my sweetened tea, honey and lemon. I’m all set.
I’m so pleased you liked it. I just read your lovely tale.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Yay hurray! (and can you please tele-dale that I put a photo for her on facebook? 😉 )
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Oliver is one of my top ten poets, and such a delightful line to work with, not only that I have been inspired by Moon recently and she has been a subject these past weeks of my writing. Thank for hosting and prompting Merril.
That’s lovely. Thank you, Paul.
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Good Morning Merril- Joining in this morning before my dr. appointment.
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Thanks for hosting. Trying to keep up, will be back to read😊. Hello everyone.
You’re welcome, Pat. It’s so hard to keep up! Thank you.
Al W Gallia said:
Greetings from Lafayette, Louisiana! Haiku, haiga and haibun poetry have become beautiful part of my life today, along with my nature photography. At 79 years of age, haiku/poetry has filled a void as my photo outings have become less frequent. I look forward to the variety of poetry found at dversepoets.com.
I’m pleased you’ve found us. Welcome!
Al W Gallia said:
Please note the rules for the prosery prompt for next time.