Arthur Rackham, Christy Moore, Golden Apple Tree, The Song of Wandering Aengus, William Butler Yeats
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.
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.
- Post your Prosery on your blog and link back to this post.
- Link it up to our Mr. Linky.
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Thanks Kim, I’m enjoying the prompt and the music. I don’t know how long I’ll be around tonight: it’s been a hectic day as we have unexpectedly been placed in quarantine! I will be back to read again tomorrow.
Oh no! Back in quarantine! Not for long, I hope. I had my jab on Friday and there seems to be a faint hope that lockdown will be lifted, slowly, from 8th March onward. I’m still very tired from the side-effects of the vaccine, so I’ll only be around for an hour or so and will return in the morning. Fortunately, Prosery is always open for a week, so I have tiem to catch up. 🙂
That’s great news that you’ve got the vaccine, they seem to be doing very well in the UK! I hope you recover from the side effects quickly.
Thanks Ingrid. It’s mainly a very painful arm and achy muscles, a bit like the flu.
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Goode evening everyone and welcome to Prosery Monday. The weather here is a little milder now and the snow has almost disappeared. We have hot and cold drinks, depending on where you are in the world and the kind of weather you’re having, and a variety of snacks to enjoy while reading each other’s flash fiction. Enjoy!
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Jane Dougherty said:
Love that poem and love Christy Moore!
Christy is something else!
Jane Dougherty said:
A phenomenon 🙂
Loved the prompt, Kim 😀 it’s so cool that you attended a gig of Irish band Planxty
in those days!
Cold coffee for me please. Days are getting warmer here. Going to make my rounds now 💝💝 I am excited to read what everyone comes up with 😀
When you say cold coffee, do you mean iced coffee – with ice cream?
Yess 😀 with ice-cream. xx
Of course! 🙂 xx
Hello Kim and All. Just listening to Christy singing the haunting poem. I can see why Yeats is beloved by Irish folk and others around the world. It’s sunny here, but Alexandra said 10 more inches are on the way, across the lake soon. I always look forward to prosery and you chose a great line from the poem to start with.
Hi Lisa! I hope you are keeping safe and well – and warm. I have a hunch this Prosery will be interesting and enjoyable.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
It’s going slowly here… I will not have my vaccine until late May I guess… or maybe even later. In the meantime, we have to be working from home. It’s will soon be a year
Yes, my husband is still on furlough and my son-in-law is still working from home. He has been trying to interview programmers for the company he works for , which isn’t easy by all accounts.
The Governor of Massachusetts is not following the US CDC guidelines. They are only giving vaccines to ages 75 and older. We miss that by two years. So we wait.
At least they’ve got the vaccination programme up and running now, Lill. If Trump had still been president, who knows how long it would take.
Good evening/late afternoon to all my dVerse friends!
We are expecting an ice storm early this evening lasting until tomorrow night: 5 inches of ICE! George and I don’t have ice skates….thank goodness we did our grocery shopping yesterday!
to all dVerse folks. I did not post to last Tuesday or Thursday prompts and did not even get to reading last Mondays. I was GLUED to the television for the entire impeachment trial. I did not miss a minute. Am an old high school and university debater so was enthralled with the process….the incredibly strong timeline of evidence presented by the House Impeachment lawyers…and their solid evidence why this impeachment trial was constitution and why Trump was NOT covered by the first amendment. While I was disappointed in the final verdict, I was pleased two Republicans voted their conscience. I was appalled to hear so many Republicans ADMIT after the trial that the evidence was all correct and Trump IS guilty, but they voted not on a technicality. That technicality was a) voted on procedurally and put into record that the Senate voted this was a constitution trail and b) proven by past precedent (Belknap’s impeachment trial AFTER he was out of office) to be constitutional. As far as Senator McConnel’s speech AFTER the trial indicating YES, Donald Trump was guilty in terms of his actions, the line of evidence was correct, the case was made BUT the case was presented too late — after he was out of office. What McConnell failed to admit was the House of Representatives was READY and ASKED to bring over the case to the Senate BUT McConnell said, no, he would not put it on the floor until January 20th, the day of the inauguration. HE and he alone, was the reason the case was heard after Trump was out of office.
So there you go! Just had to say it all.
And now, I’m delighted to get back to writing, participating in this wonderful community, and reading all your posts!
Stay safe everyone,
That’s OK. Lill, we understand. Although we can’t understand how Trump wasn’t found guilty! A travesty of justice.
Amen to that!
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Kim and All- fantastic line you chose Kim. My husband gets his second vaccine on the 23rd- he works at Arizona State University and they offered it to employees. I however, although eligible, have been unable to get an appointment. It’s so disorganized and ridiculous here in AZ. I will try to write something in the morning- my hands and mind have been occupied with a certain little puppy! I hope everyone is doing well.
Hello Linda! Thank you for joining us. There is no hurry with posting and linking as Prosery is open all week, and you have more important things to do with your lovely pup! I look forward to reading yours.
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Hi Kim, and all! I love this poem, and Christy Moore. I hope the way I did this is OK. It’s just such a well-known line. . .
It’s very grey here today, and we’re going to get more icy rain.
Hey Merril! I’m so pleased that everyone is enjoying the prompt, and love Yeats and Christy Moore. There is no OK or not OK way to right Prosery – just our own ways. I always look forward to reading yours.
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thanks kim for a great starting point from one of the greats.
looking forward to the hazel nuts from my own tree in the garden.
it is a race between me and the squirrels they normaly win.
Welcome Rog! I love hazelnuts too – don’t let those squirrels beat you to them! The little grey squirrel in our garden is trying to beat the birds to the fatballs we put out. It sits on the trellis about two feet away from the feeder and watches very carefully before he leaps down to pick up what the birds drop,
I apologise to all of you whose pieces I haven’t read and commented on yet, but I am very tired and it is almost my bed time. I will, however, be back to read and comment in the morning and the rest of the week, as Prosery stays open until Sunday morning. Good night all!
Helen Dehner said:
Greetings Kim, Take care …. love the challenge!
Greetings Helen! I’m pleased you like the challenge and I look forward to reading your piece.
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Thank you for hosting Kim. I put my tongue in my cheek and had a bit of fun with this — couldn’t resist… 😉
Thanks for the fun, Rob, it lightens the load!
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Thanks Kim–Yeats is always an inspiration (K)
I’m encouraged by the reaction to the prompt and am ready to read more Yeats again – but not while I’m hosting. 😉
I think Jane did a month of Yeats a few years ago and I enjoyed the inspiration of those prompts as well.
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Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Hello Kim. Love the prompt lines for Prosery tonight! Hope you are well. ☺️
Hi Christine! I(‘m glad you like the prompt. It’s morning again, so I’ll be reading and commenting shortly.
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Na'ama Yehuda said:
Ah, I do adore Yeats. This is a lovely prompt for prosery, even if a certain lass might not appreciate it any more … 😉
I’ve discovered through this prompt that many of us love Yeats. I’m delighted you enjoyed the prompt and will be over soon to read and comment.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Who does NOT love Yeats!!?? (The horror! 😉 )
ben Alexander said:
Mine was inspired by the movie ‘Taxi Driver’ with Robert De Niro.
I like prosery, and this was a great prompt 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed the prompt, David. I’ll be over to read soon. 🙂
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Whew. My first challenge. https://rawemoticon.wordpress.com/2021/02/16/the-hollow/ this was fun. But I must be off to bed now. I can’t wait to read the entries over the next few days. 🙂
Thank you for joining us for your first challenge, Erica, an d welcome to the pub! I hope this will be the first of many. I’ll be over shortly to read and comment.
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Ah, the delight of Christy Moore (and another fave – Planxty) and Yeats, what more could I want, thank you Kim.
I aim to please!😊
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T.J.S. Sherman said:
Here is my take on the inspiration:
T.J.S. Sherman said:
Here’s my response to the prompt:
Thanks for linking up. I’ll be back to read and comment in the morning.
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