Good evening, dVersifiers, and welcome to prosery. If you haven’t come across prosery before, let me explain:
a prosery piece is a flash fiction in 144 words, including the specified line from a poem. You can change the punctuation, but you must keep the words the same.
Tonight’s line is : “she’d had it sliced away leaving a scar”.
The line comes from a poem by Michael Donaghy, and I came across it in Ruth Padel’s book “52 ways of looking at a poem”. Donaghy was born in America in 1954, and moved to London in the 1980s, where he worked in traditional Irish music. He sadly died in 2004.
You can read the original poem here: [https://rihlajourney.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/liverpool-michael-donaghy/](https://rihlajourney.wordpress.com/2010/12/27/liverpool-michael-donaghy/)
For me, it’s one of those poems that expands as you read and re-read it, and there’s a real tenderness to it.
So, you know what to do:
– Write a prose piece in 144 words, including the line “she’d had it sliced away leaving a scar”
– Please put a link back to here in your post
– Connect it up to Mr Linky
– Read and comment on your fellow dVersifiers’ posts.
Hello and welcome! Turns out I scheduled this for 1am tomorrow…
Also – don’t forget open link night this Thursday!
Greetings! I have taken a Summertime Blog Break … however, your prompt is an amazing challenge which I will take on … for my blog, in September when I return. Thanks Sarah.
Hi Sarah. Thank you for hosting! The post showed up for me at the usual time, I think.
I didn’t read the poem yet because I didn’t want to be influenced. It’s quite a line! I’ve continued my spy series. 🙂
Gillena Cox said:
Good afternoon. I hope you are having a good day
Wow! What a line, Sarah! Thanks for hosting…it’s hot and humid in Boston today. I’m finally back to dVerse after our July dVerse vacation and then planning and going to our family reunion in Chicago. This line was a challenge for sure.
So hot here- we don’t know how to manage heat!
larry trasciatti said:
Thank you o so very much for this fine prompt¬
Rob Kistner said:
Thank you for hosting Sarah! I was listening to Joni’ “”Mingus” this weekend, and your prompt found me falling back to a song I love from that album. Why? Who knows, the mystery of the muse. Feel like a shot of bourbon right now — though I don’t drink. I’ll just drift on the aroma, back to the time of old Beale Street.
Hello Sarah and All. Thank you for the wonderful prompt line. It sprouted something good. Hoping everyone is enjoying their Monday.
Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing said:
Hi Sarah, I love the prompt tonight! I would love a Margarita please ☺️
Coming up. Lots of crushed ice in that.
Thank you Sarah, I had nor read Donaghy till this, thank you for that intro, wonderful, and a great line to work with.
Does it have to be exactly 144 words, or just not more than?
Just not more than. Sorry, would have got back to you sooner – very frazzly day!
I saw no mr linky link so here is mine
Not to worry! I’ve linked you up.