Old Oak of Dreams

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub  – Prosery:  Meet Jane Kenyon  (posted by Victoria)
“Write a flash fiction story in prose of 144 words or less.  The story must include
the following phrase from Jane Kenyon’s book, Taking Down The Tree:
“If it’s darkness/we’re having, let it be extravagant”

She could jump from bedroom window to the sturdy oak
in the backyard. Sit on a limb, look at the sky
spreading out its tablecloth of night, the winking
moon–a candle, the glittering stars–polished silverware.
She imagined being up there, a guest at the table of sky.

In later years,  it became necessary
to cut down her beloved tree. She felt like a piece
of her heart was being cut out. Chill December
winds blew. There was nothing she could do. In a week’s
time, her tree would be gone. Borrowing some ornaments,
red and silver ribbons, she spent painstaking hours
decorating that tree. As the family looked out in surprise,
the girl said, “If it’s darkness/we’re having, let it be extravagant.”
And it was.

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to Old Oak of Dreams

  1. “And it was” I like this Sarah and esp that ending. It gives it some oomph

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  2. A bit along the theme of Kenyon’s original poem. Really enjoyed this, Sarah and am glad you joined in. This line resonated for me:
    Sit on a limb, look at the sky
    spreading out its tablecloth of night, the winking
    moon–a candle, the glittering stars–polished silverware.
    Wonderful image.

    Like

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