“Mourning,” by Jamesie Pitseolak
Hello to All on dVerse Prosery Monday! Lisa here as your pub host and provider of liquid refreshment and tasty snacks from the magic cupboard along with today’s poetry prompt.
Before we get into the challenge, a reminder: Please mark your calendars now for this Thursday, December 9, at 3pm EST, as it is OLN Live! where Bjorn will be our host. OLN Live is a fun time of camaraderie where we can read our poems and interact with other pubsters and hear them read their poems. This Thursday will be our last LIVE OLN for 2021 because we are going on holiday break for the last 2 weeks of December.
One of the big news stories for 2021 has been the discovery in both the United States and Canada of graveyards with the remains of students forcibly confined at “Indian boarding schools.” I’m the first to admit I’ve been too caught up in my own gut reaction to the horror of it to have energy to extend out to the family members of the children whose remains were discarded into unmarked graves and/or to those children who survived the schools to carry the horror of it with them. In honor of the found and lost, I went searching for North American Indigenous poets in order to find a line for today for us to write prosery around.
The Google Gods were kind as they led me to a February 13, 2018 issue of Literary Hub, titled, “New Poetry by Indigenous Women: Introducing a Series Curated by Natalie Diaz,” that introduces four poets and includes poetry selections by them. Each poem resonated with sentiments that feel both timeless and timely. It was difficult choosing one line from one poet in this grouping. I settled on one from Kimberly Blaeser. Please read more about Ms. Blaeser here.
The line I chose is from her poem, “When We Sing of Might,” where you can read the entire poem at the Literary Hub link.
I dress in their stories patterned and purple as night.
Most interestingly as I went to categorize and tag this post, I see I used one of Kimberly’s poems in an August prompt as well. This is serendipity of the best kind.
Photo of Kimberly Blaeser from University of Wisconsin
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to incorporate the above quote into a piece of prose. This can be either flash fiction, non-fiction, or creative non-fiction, but it must be prose! Not prose poetry, and not a poem. And it must be no longer than 144 words, not including the title. (It does not have to be exactly 144 words, but it can’t exceed 144 words.)
•Please include Kimberly Blaeser and the name of the poem it came from on your post
•You must use that entire line. You may change punctuation and capitalize words, but you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the sentence.
•Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line.
•Post your Prosery piece on your blog and link back to this post.
•Place the link to your actual post (not your blog or web site) in the Mister Linky site.
•Please try to visit other blogs and comment on their posts. It’s part of what makes dVerse a community!
Greetings to All! The pub is open, and drinks and snax are ready to be served. What’ll you have?
Hi Lisa, I’m feeling a bit queasy today, so maybe some mint tea? Thank you for a prompt about sad stories which nevertheless must be told.
One cup of hot mint tea coming right up. You are welcome and yes, their voices must be heard.
awesome tributary prompt Lisa, the least we can do!
This one requires more thought so will post as time permits … meanwhile I’d love a ginger tea and carrot cake thanks 🙂
Greetings, Kate, glad you are here. One hot ginger tea and a healthy slice of carrot cake. Very glad the prompt resonates for you. Looking forward to reading what you are inspired to write.
done, from the Australian perspective … shame all round 😦
Will go read right now…
Kate, the link you have in Mr. Linky doesn’t work. I went to your blog and found the poem you wrote. Here is the link to it:
just sorted that thanks Lisa, can you delete my first link?
Just did, Kate. Glad you got it sorted 🙂
i will not be joining you for the live li nk up on thursday as yet again it clashes with my local poetry group. the very group who encourged me to start sharing my scribblings.
your promt tonight is of great importance cicvilised conversation on such subjects needs to become world wide and mainsream.
Rog, welcome. Sorry the live link up conflicts with your local poetry group. Maybe next time? Thank you for your comment on the necessity of getting dialogue going on this important topic. Have a great night and am pouring you a mug of hot cocoa even if you didn’t ask for it ❤
Thank you hot chocolate will hit the spot.
You’re most welcome, Rog.
Wonderful line, Lisa! Ooo–I’ll have some tea and carrot cake, too. 😏
Welcome, dear Merril. One cup of hot tea and a healthy slice of carrot cake.
Barbara S said:
thanks host, a beautiful prompt. I am having a glass of wine tonight – a grey burgundy,specialty of the hotel I am staying at. 🙂
Welcome, Barbara. One chilled glass of grey burgundy. Sounds tasty, I will pour myself a glass also. Cheers!
Barbara S said:
Do, please do. 🙂
Sunra Rainz said:
What a deeply important and moving prompt, Lisa ❤ Thank you for sharing it. It may be the first time I do a dVerse Monday prompt. Meanwhile, I'll have a Merlot to go with my write, thank you 🙂
Welcome, Sunra, to a dVerse Monday prompt. Thank you, I think so also. One chilled glass of Merlot coming right up. You’re welcome and Cheers!
Sunra Rainz said:
Cheers, Lisa! (clink, clink) 🙂
Glenn A. Buttkus said:
Mr. Linky & I had a tussle. You should delete one of the duplicate links, please. Thanks, Lisa, for a strong prompt, that has sent us all out into the darkness and light, endeavoring to fit the piece into a new puzzle.
Glenn, I’m glad you included the link about Buck in addition to the prosery. Do you want me to delete the Buck link or keep it? You are very welcome for the prompt; it came to me and asked, as evidenced by how I was led to the poem the line came from.
Hello Lisa and dVerse folks! A moving prompt indeed….but I went off the deep-end with my response in terms of my post. Sometimes I don’t know where these things come from that I write!
Would love a ginger tea and perhaps a scone if you have it?
Welcome, Lillian! Glad you are here. I just read your prosery and think it is wonderful writing. A cup of hot ginger tea and a scone coming right up.
Thanks for hosting Lisa. 🙂 Interesting prompt! 👍🏼
Rob my pleasure always. Thanks, my friend.
Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit said:
Such an awful tragedy…almost imaginable. In Scotland, near Fort Augustus similar was found on a smaller scale at an education centre run by monks. Just terrible.
Thanks for the nice prompt. As I just got in after spending an evening with off duty truck drivers, sampling all kinds of drinks, I am going to have a discreet tea.
Ain, I think these sort of places are all over the globe in one form or another, exploiting the vulnerable and attempting to extinguish cultures 😦
My pleasure on the prompt. One discreet tea coming right up. I can only imagine the conversations of off duty truck drivers having a few drinks together.
Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit said:
Indeed! And some laughter too. Mixed company too, which js alwaysnicer, and of course any woman driver friend can more than hold her own and commands authority.
Always so nice yo see what dverse js getting up to. The prompt was really very good. Tough, which is how it should be.
Thank you, Ain.
Wow! you really know how to challenge us with your prompts! This is such a sad story from our dark history! I will see what I can do.
Dwight, welcome. I was wondering where you were! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
This one took a long while to happen… too much to put in just 144 words.
I’m glad you took your time with it. It shows.
Thank you! I also did some research on Wikapedia.
An interesting prompt! Sorta tricky, though. Unfortunately, when I entered my link in Mr. Linky, it didn’t work, so I had to enter it again. The second one works. Perhaps someone who sees it can remove the first one? My WP has been wonky today, to say the least.
Sorry you’re dancing with the ghost in the WP machine. I deleted the non-working link. Heading to the poetry trail in a minute here to read your working link 🙂
Ah I love this prompt! Sorry for being late, but yeah, I’d love a glass of cranberry juice, been wanting to try that out for ages now…
Thank you, Quaranjavirus (Do I know you by another name?) You’re not late and welcome to the poet’s pub. One frosted glass of cranberry juice. It’s tasty alone but also works well as a mixer. Cheers!
Cheers! I usually go by Veera 🙂
OK. Pleased to meet you, Veera 🙂
I just bought a container of it to mix with Squirt or 7up and pineapple juice for a meeting I’m having at my house this afternoon. Cranberry juice alone makes me cough and gives me a scratchy throat, but mixed in with other sodas and juices gives such a pretty color and creates less distress.
I love it with vodka. Raspberry Stoli to be exact 🙂
p.s. Squirt, Cran, 7up, and Pineapple juice sounds tasty also.
I “punch” like I cook. Just keep adding things until it tastes good.
I am left speechless by the human tragedy of lost & found children…took the line of poetry in different direction altogether. It’s morning here so maybe a dirty chai would be good to drink…if you’re still tending the pub, Lisa.
Good morning, Lynn! Welcome. Please give me a recipe for a dirty chai (I’m intrigued!) and I’ll make one for you.
Sounds like chai with the juice of olives… Yum????
A hot chai tea with couple shots espresso…I take mine with almond milk, please 🙂
Oh my, that sounds delightful! I’ll pour us two dirty chais with almond milk for breakfast tomorrow. Cheers!
I need a double shot of whiskey Lisa, that is some nasty business, and much the same here in our history, and I could not put it aside.
Paul, lining up a double shot of whiskey and leaving the bottle on the bar. There is no way the mind can reason away that nasty business either. My heart aches for anyone whose life has been ended or etched by it 😦
Yes, it leaves a grisly stain, what a horror! Thank you Lisa, I’ll need that bottle – nicely anticipated.
You’re very welcome. Cheers, my friend.
Thanks Jade. I did not follow the dark road for this one, though I’ve read a number of very moving responses that did. (K)
You are very welcome and I’m glad you didn’t.