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It’s Prosery Monday at dVerse: the prompt where we write prose based on some given lines of poetry. It can be flash-fiction or creative non-fiction; cannot exceed 144 words in total (sans title); must not be poetry (no versification, line breaks, metre, etc); and must include the poetry line given as the prompt, word for word, within the prose.
So here I am back home in Boston, missing the ever-sunny weather and warm days of our past two months in San Diego. Tomorrow it will be 50 degrees, but today and Sunday, the wind chill was 2 below zero!! Winter always fights to stick around in New England and spring struggles to bloom.
Folks are ready to get outside, see buds on trees, and desperately want to put away their heavy jackets. Many of us head for a local florist or grocery store that also sells flowers. The first bouquet I buy to set on our dining room table is always daffodils. Their bright yellow reminds me that sunny and warmer days are ahead. There is something inherently cheerful about daffodils with their ruffled edges. They also remind me of my college days. Every fall there was a sing contest between the sororities and fraternities. We attended many a practice to do ourselves proud. Lucky the group that had a good number of members who were in the excellent Augustana College choir. Me? I can’t read music and have a hard time staying on pitch even if I know the tune. It was a given that I always mouthed the words as our group sang in competition. The song I remember most, which was truly beautiful, put Wordsworth’s poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud to music.
I Wander Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
So here’s the prompt for today’s prosery. The line I want you to include in your prose/flash fiction of 144 words or less, sans title, is “I wandered lonely as a cloud”. Remember, you must use the line, word for word. The punctuation may be different….but the words must be there, ordered just as they were by Wordsworth, word for word.
New to dVerse? Need to be refreshed on the rules? Here’s what to do:
- Write a piece of prose (flash fiction or creative nonfiction) that includes the line “I wandered lonely as a cloud” and is 144 words or less, sans title. You can NOT write poetry today. Prose is the name of the game!
- Post your prose to your blog AND add the exact URL for your poem to Mr. Linky below.
- REMEMBER to either TAG dVerse in your post, or include a link at the end of your post that leads readers back to dVerse (https://dversepoets.com).
- If you do not TAG or include a link to dVerse at the end of your post, I will gently remind you to do so. After all, this will increase your readership and others will find dVerse, hopefully to join in the fun. If you do not add the TAG or link after my reminder, I will remove your post from Mr. Linky. I do not want to do that. So please do include the TAG or link
Hello to all our dVersers! Hoping spring is coming your way….or at the very least, sunny skies with just cool temperatures. It’s a balmy 51 degrees in Boston! Much better than the below zero wind chills we were having.
Hope to see many of you posting some wonderful prose today, using Wordsworth’s famous line.
Lots of libations available today at the pub. Also serving homemade lemon bars!
Hello Lillian and All. Wonderful prompt line and I know there will be tasty morsels on the prosery trail coming from it. I’m headed out to run a few errands but will be back soon. Will you please pour me a tall mug of hot peppermint tea to go with a couple of homemade lemon bars?
Your hot peppermint tea and two lemon bars will be at the side of the bar, waiting for your return! Well….you’ll have to microwave the tea since it will probably chill a bit!
Glad to see you here, Lisa and so glad you like the prompt line. I LOVED your magical tale!
Thanks much, Lillian. Cheers!
Henrietta Watson said:
Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.
Nice to see you here, Henrietta. I hope you’ll write a post to the prompt and share it with us on Mr. Linky!
Henrietta Watson said:
Hi Lillian, Spring is definitely arriving in Dorset. The sky was blue today and the magnolias and camellias are starting to flower, trees are beginning to blossom, and the birds are in full song. Beautiful.
I am absolutely envious! Boston’s March is always challenging…..you’ll get a 70 degree day and the crocus and tulips will start to peek out and then bam….Old Man Winter hits you with a windchill factor of -2 degrees! April is a kinder month here. I make due with bouquets in the house.
Glad to see you here!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Hello… we have cold nights and sunny bright days. Not really spring, but not winter either. It seems like the bright sunshine mocks the world with its sadness. I will not be writing today or tomorrow, but on Thursday I will be hosting Open Link Night, I hope to see you there.
Thank you for dropping by, Bjorn. I understand about the world’s sadness. It almost seems sacrilegious to engage in everyday pleasures when the people of Ukraine are suffering so.
Barbara S said:
thanks for hosting, and a timely prompt – it enhanced my own reflection I might almost have missed otherwise… I just have a glass of water for my dispersible vitamins today, as I have to get some work done before the night is out – remember I am some 5 hrs ahead of Boston time. Will come back to read tomorrow morning, in 12 hrs time. Cheerio,
So nice to see you here, Barbara! And I LOVE your post to the prompt. See you tomorrow morning on the poetry trail!
Jane Dougherty said:
By the way, the poem is called ‘Daffodils’.
Hmmmm….that makes sense. Where I found it, it had the Wander line in a different tense as the title? I do love the poem.
Jane Dougherty said:
I’ve always known it as ‘Daffodils’ but it might have a different title in the US.
Hi dverse poets
what a choice of lines for tonights pub meet up.
time for a hot choc after getting mucking fixing a flat tire followed by a long hot soak.
peace to all
Glad you like the line. I was actually trying to find a line that included the word “sunflowers” give the atrocities happening in the Ukraine….but then I thought of this poem. Glad to see you here tonight! Hot chocolate coming right up!
no marsh mellows thanks i am allergic
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you for hosting Lil’! I expressed my true feelings about winter, my love/ hate relationship. Snow is nice on Christmas Day — then just go!
Rob: Your link on Mr. Linky toes to an “OOPS” this can’t be found page. Can you relink it so we can read your post? I’ll see if I can find it…just in case you don’t read this.
Jewish Young Professional "JYP" said:
Ooh lemon bars!
Yep….definitely my favorite! Seems they’d go well with Wordsworth’s daffodils 🙂
Happy Monday everyone….thanks for hosting, Lil. I love the line!
Me too! Glad to see you here, my friend.
Okay folks….have been tending the pub for 3.5 hours without a libation or a break. So think I will leave for the evening. My husband is beckoning…as is my hungry stomache!
Not to worry…..as usually, I’ll leave the key to the pub under the potted plant to the right of the door. Simply take the key, let yourself in and help yourself to libations. The only payment I ask is that you leave a post of flash-fiction using the given line for the prompt. On your way out, do put the key back under the potted plant so the next writer wandering over, lonely as a cloud????, can pick up the key and let themselves in as well.
See you in the morning!
Great prompt, Lillian. Winter is on the way out here. Buds are popping and Pear trees blooming. Your daffodils are gorgeous! It was 20 F over the weekend and up to 60 F today. The roller coaster of spring!
Roller coaster of spring – oh yes!
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
Lemon bars?! So glad I made it by the pub!
Welcome back to the great northeast.
It’s always good to get home….even if it is a bit chilly!
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
I am having allergy attacks from all the pollen and it’s not even Spring yet ! 🤧 Atchoo!
Oh dear! Pollen can be a real nuisance for some! Kleenex handy….on the ready!
Hi Lillian. Spring, as usual, disappeared after showing us just a glimpse. We are into summer with daytime temps hovering around 90s!
Wonderful prompt. Yummm…love lemon bars.
Me too….re lemon bars! I’ll take lemon bars any day over chocolate brownies.
Spring is always elusive here….and then often short-lived as you’re having. Nice to see you at the pub!
Same here for lemon bars.
Good to be here.
Well here winter is some way off, but I understand the sentiment around August I want it gone again. Whiskey and a couple of lemon bars please Lillian.
Ah….a whiskey chaser with a lemon bar. Enjoy!