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.
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.
- 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.
- Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!
Hello, Everyone! I was afraid this wasn’t going to post at the right time, since we switched to DST yesterday. Welcome to Prosery. We have hot and cold drinks, and a variety of foods, from snacks to dinner here in our virtual pub.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
Yes I noticed, we have not switched yet, so it is one hour earlier here.
Yes, I saw that with your OLN invitation. 🙂 This prompt appeared a couple minutes past 3 my time for some reason. I got worried!
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I think I would need something warm today… the world has switched from snow to rain, and that means that it is actually even colder.
It’s grey and raining off and on here, too. Coffee? Or lentil soup?
That is a lovely poem – the Marginalian is always well worth a read.
I’m pleased you like the poem, too. I love the Marginalian.
We are back in Boston and expecting a Nor’Easter snow storm tomorrow!!! We should have stayed one more week in sunny San Diego!
Am feeling as they say, a bit under the weather today so will try to write and post tomorrow. I do love the line. For now, it’s back to bed under a warm comforter.
Oh, I hope you feel better soon, Lillian. It sounds like weather to be under–a blanket. We will just have rain–I hope not a nor’easter!
Hello Merril and All. Slept badly last night, got up early, then went back for a nap later, woke up and got to proserying. A prompt line with so many possibilities. After watching “Wakanda Forever” this past weekend, when I saw the line I knew where I was swimming with it 😉 A cup of hot rooibos with a shot of Baileys please 🙂
I hope you’re feeling better, Lisa.
I haven’t seen that movie.
Here’s a hot rooibos with Baileys!
Finding the right mix of wake and sleep is always a challenge, thanks for asking. It’s a good movie with lots of grrrrrrl power in it. Thank you, Cheers!
You’re welcome. 😊
Gillena Cox said:
Ah, serve me up something cold. It’s 31C here in T&T.
We have some frosted cocktails, and also some fresh lemonade.
Thank you for hosting, Merril. Bjorn sent out an email with times an hour later than you have here. Which one is it.
I believe he sent out a second email, too. It’s the usual times.
Oh, good, Thanks for clarifying that.
You’re welcome. If you don’t see the second email, just look for the dVerse prompt page at the usual time(s).
Thanks, I got it.
I need to take care of some work and make dinner. I’ll try to pop back into the pub before bed. If not, the pub is open. 😏 I have a work project due on Wednesday, but I will catch up around it.
magic mushrooms on toast for me please. with something strong to wash it down. cheers.
I will be back later-ish for a read
keep well all
You were up late, Rog! I hope you helped yourself. Did you find the magic mushrooms in the pantry? 😏
Yes thanks yum
Kathy at writingpresence said:
Ah, a wondrous prompt that had me climbing the Old Oak, past Tawny Owl. I think some oak sap cordial and an acorn omelette would be very acceptable please! I’ll have those on the way up to bed, then I’ll be back tomorrow for a browse of the other eleven (so far) contributions. Cheers!
Hi Kathy. I hope you enjoyed your oak sap and acorns. I’ll be heading over to read in a minute.
As you know, this quote is right up my alley…(K)
Yes, of course! 😊
Sorry for the mix-up. I will stick to poetry prompts in the future!
I didn’t mean to limit you!
Its really OK Merril. I think you are right, no matter how it’s formatted. I labeled it poetry because May Sarton is a poet, and it’s based on her poetry, but in fact what I’ve written is not a story, it’s a kind of prose poem, which is not what prosery is supposed to be. It doesn’t tell a story at all.
Rob Kistner said:
Wonderful prompt Merril! I did transcendental meditation from the late 1960’s well into the 1970’s — but not in years. Thank you for hosting… 🙂✌🏼🏼 ~ nam myoho renge kyo ~
Hi Rob. Meditation came from the title of the poem. 🙂
M Jay Dixit said:
Hi, Merril, thanks for hosting! I’ve been doing some meditation daily for 2 months now and I gotta say, just after my first meditation I felt a comfort I’ve never felt before and that’s why I started doing it and am trying to make a habit of it.
That poem, I was connecting so many dots in my mind as I was reading it, it’s a masterpiece! Thanks for sharing and now I will go on a walk and meditate on that splendid prompt line 🙂 good morning / have a good day ~ Jay
Good morning, Jay! I’m so pleased you like the poem and the prompt. I think it’s a gorgeous poem.
I should get back to meditating on days when I can’t walk outside.
M Jay Dixit said:
Oh yeah, that’s the best thing about poetry and meditation, we can do them from the comfort of our homes. The bad weather outside or the bad health inside, nothing’ll stop us!
I’m late to the party, as usual hehe I’ll read the rest of the poems tomorrow. Good night, dear Merril.
Well, I’m late to responding. I had to finish a work project. Thank you for taking part, Jay! 😊
M Jay Dixit said:
My pleasure, Merril! 💙
That was fun. Great prompt. Thanks Merril!
Thank you so much, Chris!
Thanks for hosting, Merril. Interesting line. 🙂
Thank you, Kitty!
You are welcome, Merril. 🙂
Such a wonderful prompt Merril, I went to a mindful place. Don’t know where I’d be without it.
Wonderful! I will be over to read in a bit.
Thank you for this prompt, Merril! Getting back into writing is definitely thirsty work! I’ll take a riesling please to enjoy while I read some fabulous prosery!
Sorry, I’m just seeing this, Thursday morning my time, but I hope you helped yourself to the riesling. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the prompt!