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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.
  • Don’t forget to check the little box to accept use/privacy policy.
  • Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!