Written for: dVerse Poetry Pub – Prosery #3: Love After Love (posted by Kim)
“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.
As it’s flash fiction, we have a limit of 144 words; an additional challenge is to hit 144 exactly. The special thing about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, within the 144-word limit.”
For the third Prosery, I’d like you to write a story that includes the following line from ‘Love After Love’, a poem by Derek Walcott:
‘You will love again the stranger who was your self’.
Her M.O. was men and moving. A spate of apartments,
hard to recall now, as were some men. What was
she out to prove, how fast she could self-destruct?
Time moved on and she, with it. She has dwelled
in the same apartment with the same man
for years. Life is secure, relatively speaking. She
has enough to live on, and love of three dogs,
three cats, one bird, and her man.
Today, she ran into an old friend who had been
a flightier risk than she. Catching up over drinks, both
women laughed, reminiscing about old times. Odd,
as she did not like thinking about who she was
then. Sitting on the subway, she smiled inwardly. Lives
change. Why should she not love again the stranger
who was her self. That was one phase of many. Perhaps
there would be more.
(144 words used.)