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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. Whatโ€™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. The prose can either be flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, but it must be prose! Not prose poetry and not a poem.

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: Pink-petaled flowers by Rebecca Lee, Unsplash

Katherine Riegel is an author of three books of poetry. Her most recent work known as, โ€œLove Songs from the End of the World,โ€ was published in 2019. She has also published Letters to Colin Firth, which won the 2015 Sundress Publications Chapbook Competition. Her poems and essays have appeared in Brevity, Crazyhorse, The Offing, Orion, Poets.org and Tin House. Moreover, she is co-founder and poetry editor for Sweet Lit.

I am not much of a nature Poet, but gosh, when I came across Katherine Riegelโ€™s poem, I was completely blown away. The poem reminds us of the simple pleasures of planting a garden, of emotions that tug and are often associated with flowers and fruit, one can easily resonate with Rigel as she takes us on a trip down memory lane.

The poetโ€™s gaze, her observation, her insight and word play, brings the outdoors to us in ways we might not otherwise consider. It reminds us of the ground we walk upon, the trees, the birdsโ€” the burgeoning of seeds and roseate buds, and in seeing and observing the natural world from her words, one canโ€™t help but ponder on beauty and brutality both.


Picture courtesy: Tilt shift lens photo of leaves by Martin Knize, Unsplash.

This evening I would like you to write a Prose piece which includes the line:

โ€œIโ€™d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace.โ€ from the poem, โ€œWhat I would like to grow in my Garden.โ€

Please also include the dVerse link in your published piece.

Hereโ€™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.
  • Donโ€™t forget to check the little box to accept use/privacy policy.
  • Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!