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REMINDER! Two chances to join OLN LIVE this month!
Thursday, March 16, from 3 to 4 PM EST
AND Saturday, March 18, from 10 to 11 AM EST.
You may still link one poem as usual for OLN (Open Link Night) even if you do not attend a live session.

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Welcome to Prosery Monday! This is Merril, and today the prompt is for Prosery, where we write prose, not poetry. Prosery can be flash-fiction or creative non-fiction, but it is short prose no longer than 144 words in total (not including the title). It must be prose, not poetry (no versification, line breaks, meter, etc), and most importantly, it must include the given poetry line, word for word, within the prose. You may break the line and add punctuation, but you cannot change the words in the line or insert words.

We moved to Daylight Saving Time in most of the US yesterday, which is annoying and unnecessary, as far as I’m concerned. Spring and summer will come, and already the days are lengthening. We’ve had some days of amazing blue skies here recently.

I keep reading this exquisite poem by May Sarton over and over. It was written during the time she lived in Santa Fe. There she met Judith “Judy” Matlack at the boardinghouse where both were living. Eventually, they became lovers, and they remained friends after they split up thirteen years later. Sarton was a prolific poet, and she was also a novelist and journal writer. You can read more about her here.

You can read “Meditation in Sunlight” here. This Marginalian post also includes a reading by Amanda Palmer. The poem is unpunctuated. I’ve chosen the first lines for a prompt:

“In space in time I sit thousands of feet above the sea”
From May Sarton, “Meditation in Sunlight”

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.
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