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Lillian here. Delighted to host Prosery Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe.


1) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, dVERSE WILL BE LIVE, hosted by Bjorn. If you’ve not done this before, it’s amazing! Just go to the dVerse site and read Bjorn’s message on December 10th. As always, post one poem of your choosing (there is no required prompt for OLN) and in Bjorn’s message, he will have a link to join everyone live (similar to Zoom). We are usually live from 3 to 5 PM, Boston time. It’s amazing to put faces with names and it’s truly like we’re in a real pub. Well, except for the drinking! Everyone who posts a poem and joins us live, is invited (but not required) to read their poem aloud. Come for the entire time or just drop in as you’re able!

2) dVerse will have our holiday break from December 21 to January 1. While we’ll miss everyone, we hope you’ll enjoy this time off to rejuvenate and feed your poetic muse!


PROSERY IS a piece of short prose that includes a line from a poem. I will give you the line, and then you incorporate it into your prose piece. Your prose can be either flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. YOU CAN NOT WRITE A POEM for this prompt. AND, your prose should be no longer than 144 words, sans title. It does not have to be exactly 144 words. But it can be no longer than 144 words. 

YOU MUST USE THE LINE I GIVE YOU BELOW, IN THE BODY OF YOUR PROSE. You may change the punctuation and capitalization, but you are not allowed to insert any words within the line itself. You can add words at the beginning and/or at the end of the line; but the line itself must remain intact.

Okay!  Now that we’ve got the definition of Prosery Monday down, what line did I choose and how did I choose it? 

My family has given me a number of poetry books over the past few years, many times as a Christmas gift. At this time of year, once the house is decorated and my Christmas cards are in the mail, I enjoy knitting and reading while listening to various holiday CDs. On the day I wrote this prompt, I decided to pull out Louise Gluck’s Faithful and Virtuous Night. I know Bjorn was very excited when she won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Literature. My son gifted me the book for Christmas 2015 – just eight months after I began writing poetry and started my blog, lillian the home poet. So the book itself is quite special to me. I haphazardly flipped it open, landed on page 30 and there at the top of the page was her work entitled Afterward. The first line of the poem is “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”  WOW! Doesn’t that statement come to mind sometimes when words just flow out of you and you stop, read them and think, where did that come from? So for today’s prompt, somewhere in your 144 word or less piece of prose, you must include the line “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”. Remember, you may change the capitalization and punctuation. You may add words before and/or after the line, but the line itself must remain intact!

And since you are all my dear dVerse friends, before going over the rules and providing the Mr. Linky link, I invite you into our home for a bit of Christmas cheer!

New to dVerse?  Need to be refreshed on the rules? Here’s what to do:

  • Write a piece of prose (fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction) that is 144 words or less in length, and includes the line “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”.
  • Post your prosery to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
  • REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your prose that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
  • If there is no Tag or link back to dVerse, I will gently remind you to add it or remove your post from Mr. Linky. Sorry to be so harsh…..but this is just part of the requirements AND it will bring you more readers and lead more folks to dVerse so they can participate as well!
  • REMEMBER: IT MUST BE PROSE, NOT POETRY. Again, sorry to be so harsh, but if you write a poem, it will be deleted from Mr. Linky because it does not follow the prompt. I will however, invite you to resubmit a piece of prose that does follow the prompt. We definitely appreciate your participation in dVerse and want you to join us often!