Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Prosery #7: Jim Harrison
(posted by Linda Lee Lyberg)
“Hello Everyone and welcome to our 7th episode of Prosery, where poetry and flash fiction collide.
Write a story of 144 words or less (not including the title). Sounds easy enough right? Here’s the twist: You must use the line I have given you within your story.
Today, I have chosen a line from a poem by Jim Harrison, one of my favorite poets who died on March 26, 2016. The line I have chosen was taken from his book, Dead Man’s Float from the poem titled Cow.
Here is the line you are to use within your flash fiction of 144 words or less.”
“A cow is screaming across the arroyo.”
Mama, the sand is scorching my feet. Is everything in the world
going to dry up forever?
Mama, will we never have enough water to drink and wash with properly?
Mama, What of the animals? There is no grass left, just dried
pieces that crack in half when stepped on. They need food and
Mama, did you hear that terrible sound?
“Yes. It sounds like a cow screaming across the arroyo.”