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I’m Kim from Writing in North Norfolk, welcoming dVerse poets to Prosery, when we ask you to write a very short piece of prose that tells a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of your choice: flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. 

As it’s a kind of flash fiction, we have a limit of 144 words; an additional challenge is to hit 144 exactly. The special thing about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, within the 144-word limit. You may change punctuation but you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the quotation.

D.H. Lawrence image found on brittanica.com

I have loved D.H. Lawrence’s writing since I studied Sons and Lovers as a teenager, and I sometimes forget that he wrote amazing poetry too. I was flicking through the anthology Answering Back (edited by Carol Ann Duffy), when I came across his poem ‘Humming Bird’.

I would like you to write a story that includes the following line from that poem:  
‘We look at him through the wrong end of the long telescope of Time’.

Salvador Dali (no title given) found on Pinterest

You can read the complete poem here:

Here’s how to take part in Prosery:

  • Write a piece of flash fiction of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line. You must include the whole line in its original order, with no added words in between, but you may alter the punctuation.
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