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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.

As it’s 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.

When I was pregnant and living in the middle of Ireland, I spent a lot of time reading poetry and writing about poets and their work. One of those poets was William Butler Yeats, an old favourite of mine. I also enjoyed the music of the Irish band Planxty, in particular Christy Moore, whose cousin I was friendly with when I moved back to London. She took me to one of his gigs and introduced us. I recently remembered that he recorded a version of ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’ by Yeats.  

Golden Apple Tree and Nine Peahens by Arthur Rackham from the Allies Fairy Book 1916

I would like you to write a story that includes the following line(s) from that poem: 
‘I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head’.

You can read the complete poem here:

And here is Christy Moore’s version:

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. 
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