Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Prosery 2 (posted by SarahSouthwest)
The Prosery prompt starts with a line taken from a poem, and asks you to write a piece of flash fiction incorporating that line, in full, somewhere in the piece of prose. To make it a little more challenging there’s a word limit of 144 words.
Fear is a monster who lives in a swamp on the other side of Wilcox Woods.
But, does it exist or is it a myth? The story has been passed down
to each generation of children. Do not go near that swamp! Most kids
were afraid and obeyed, but some were wildly curious to see what Fear looked like.
Wilcox Woods, a favorite camping spot for the girl scouts, is having
its annual camping trip today. After a meal around the campfire,
children play games close by. All except one. She leaves the campsite,
and tip-toes to the edge of the swamp. An old crone sits smoking a pipe.
The girl ask her about Fear. Oh no dear. Forget that old tale. Have one
of these cookies.
The mystery is you can eat fear before fear eats you.
(From Rita Dove’s poetry collection)