dVerse Poets Pub, existing despite everything, Prosery, Rainer Maria Rilke, Sanaa Rizvi, Writing through life
Hello dVerse Poets, this is Sanaa (aka adashofsunny) welcoming you to another round of Prosery where 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.
Since it is a kind of Flash Fiction, we here at the pub have a limit of 144 words. What’s special about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, that is, within the word limit.
You may change punctuation but please bear in mind that you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the quotation.
Picture courtesy: Rainer Maria Rilke image found on Brittanica.com
I have long been in love with the works of Rainer Maria Rilke, and remember the first time I read him. He is known to be both sensitive and introspective. His poetic style rich and supple, which varied from simple to sometimes elaborate and profound. In tone, Rilke’s verse was often thought to be mystical and prophetic; he used symbolism as a means of expression and in turn created poetry that bears a strong resemblance to medieval verse.
This evening, I would like you to write a story which includes the line:
“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things? – from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Heartbeat.”
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 up of up to or exactly 144 words,
- Including the given line from the poem.
- Post your Prosery piece on your blog and link back to this post.
- Place the link to your actual post (not your blog url) on the Mister Linky page.
- Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!
Welcome to Prosery Monday, dVerse Poets.
On the menu we have Garlic butter baked salmon with Pinot Noir Rose, Chipotle pulled portabello sandwiches with Mojito or if you prefer we also have Sweetheart strawberry scones with coffee/tea of your choice.
Looking forward to reading some delicious prose this evening! 💝💝
Good evening Poets and thank you, Sanaa, for hosting with the trickiest Prosery prompt yet! I did my best and hope you like it.
I absolutely loved it, Kim! 😀 Would you like some chipotle sandwiches? 💝
A banana and mango smoothie would be wonderful, Sanaa, thank you. It’s not that long ago since dinner. 🙂
Here you go, a banana and mango smoothie to further lift the spirits 💝💝
Thank you for a beautiful prompt line Sanaa! I look forward to reading everyone’s responses.
I will have the strawberry scones and a herbal tea please, as I’ll be off to bed soon!
Sweetheart strawberry scones with herbal tea coming right up! 💝 I am so pleased you enjoyed the prompt, Ingrid 😀
It was a wonderful line!
@Sanaa, So sorry I misunderstood the instructions. I will take it down and rework.
Oh, thanks! Appreciated 💝💝
I am so used to poetry sounding and looking like prose that I have rather mixed it all up.
No worries 💝💝
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
This was a tricky line to include… some of my prose felt a bit awkward but I tried to include a few changes to the wording elsewhere as well to fit the style of the quote…
You have done a beautiful job of it, Bjorn! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking part! 💝
Hi Everyone! Yikes, Sanaa! This was a difficult one! I’m eager to see what everyone has done with it. While I read, I’d love some scones and coffee. 😀
Sweetheart strawberry scones and coffee coming right up! 😀 Heading over to read you, Merril 💝💝
Sorry, I couldn’t reply right away, my mouth was full. 🤣 Delicious!
Hahaha no worries 😀 I am still gushing over your prose piece 💝💝
Hello Sanaa and All. I was truly inspired by Rilke’s line. Thank you very much for having us write prosery to it. It’s a bit chilly but warm enough to set the tomato plants outside to toughen them up. A mojito sounds just right, please, Sanaa 🙂
Thank you so much, Lisa 😀 I am so pleased to know that you were inspired by Rilke. Mojito coming right up! Cheers! 💝💝
You’re very welcome 🙂 Cheers!
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Gillena Cox said:
Wishing all a safe and happy Monday evening
You too Gillena 😀 Wishing you a safe and happy Monday! Heading over to read you 💝💝
Good evening Saana!
Thanks for hosting! ❤️ I too will go for scones and tea as it’s bedtime soon.
You chose a line from one of my favorites that suited my mood perfectly. Will be fun to read what everyone comes up with.
Thank you so much, Helene 😀 I am so pleased to know that it’s one of your favorites! Sweetheart strawberry scones and tea coming right up! 💝💝
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Corey Rowley said:
First time playing here…just ice water for now…if thigs get rough I’ll have a Deep Eddy Orange and Soda. Thanks.
Ice water coming right up! 💝💝 Welcome to the Pub, Corey! We are delighted to have you here with us 😀
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Nice to see you here… long time no see… off to read your entry.
Hello Corey! Nice to see you here.
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ben Alexander said:
Thanks as always, Sanaa!
So nice to see you 😀 would you like some Sweetheart strawberry scones? 💝
Prosery is really hard for me, but I’ll try!
I loved your prose piece, Jenna! Thank you so much for joining in! 💝💝
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My first prosery entry! I reworked an old poem into a story.
(I cannot resist a Rilke prompt. My favorite poet)
Mine too!! x
Yayyy! 😀 and I loved every word of it! Thank you so much for writing to the prompt, Xan 💝💝 Join me for some tea?
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Na'ama Yehuda said:
This is a beautiful quote Sanaa! Thank you for this prompt! Glad I had a bit of time after work to check the prompt, and glad it is such an evocative one! Lovely!
May I have a spot of tea? 🙂 Na’ama
I am pouring for both of us 🙂 so pleased you enjoyed the prompt, Na’ama! Heading over to read you. 💝💝
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Hi Sanaa! Hello all! Great prompt! This took me to a most unusual place, but in my strange wondering mind, this fits the prompt — if you consider the entirety of my post. Hope you like…
PS — there are no spelling errors in my prosery piece…
Yes I noticed 😀 Do join me for some tea 💝
I absolutely loved it~ thank you so much for joining in, Rob 😀
T.J.S. Sherman said:
That one was quite a challenge from both story length and the chosen quote. Good brain exercise!
I really loved your prose piece 😀 thank you so much for writing to the prompt, T.J 💝💝
Rilke is always a joy.
sat for two hours trying with this but all i got was a blank page. sorry for not getting my head around this line. i will be back this evening to have a read of everyone elses
The muse is a fickle fiend.. that’s for certain. Hope to read something from you .. perhaps.. later? 💝
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Good Morning, and Sanaa thank you for hosting. Sorry I am late to the party- Life gets in the way sometimes.
And thank you for such a profound piece of prose, Linda. Loved it! 💝💝
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Thank you for the inspiration! 💖
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Thank you for hosting a wonderful Prosery challenge, Sanaa. I’m back to writing Prosery after a long time, hope you enjoy. Thank you all for stopping by and reading.
You’re most welcome, Kitty 🙂 I really loved your prose piece. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 💝💝
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Paul Cannon said:
Thank you Sanaa, Rilke is such wonderful writer/poet, thank you for this Sanaa.
And thank you, Paul 🙂 for such an insightful prose piece. 💝💝