Marking Time

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Prosery Monday:  A Time
(posted by Merrill)
"Today’s challenge is what we at dVerse call Prosery. If you’re new,
or if you have not come across this challenge before, let me
explain. I will give you a line from a poem, and then you incorporate it into a short prose piece. This can be either flash
fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction, but it must be prose! And it must be no longer than 144 words, not including the title."

“when it is over said and done
it was a time
and there was never enough of it.”
–Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “A Time”

I do not even recall his face.  Places we lived are blurs
of color, tight spaces, and blue loneliness.  Now, fifty-one
years later, I feel as if everything from that time
happened to someone else–another me.  

I tell people that my favorite, most adventurous years
happened in my 40's.  Still looked good, started writing
again, gained confidence.  When all it is over said and done
it was a time . . . and there was never enough of it.

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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14 Responses to Marking Time

  1. Lucy says:

    Wow, such beauty and honesty in this piece. Great writing!


  2. SMiLes My Life didn’t really
    Start until 53 Fortunately
    i escaped the World Before
    Molding me Away From
    Who i really am i must
    Wonder how many
    Others never even
    Have A Year
    To really
    Find Who
    They are Without
    All the CuLTuRaL
    Clothes i find the
    Answer within
    And Also
    Finally See
    What the Philosophy
    Of The Kingdom of
    Heaven Within Is
    Free From all
    The ‘Camel’
    Layers of Clothes
    That Come With
    Illusory CuLTuRaL
    Fears setting Love
    Free Within to
    Sprout Wings
    To ‘See’ Above Below🦅


  3. Oh yes… we all have those things that we should have done and never did.


  4. rivrvlogr says:

    This is a good use of the lines. There is a time to move on, but it doesn’t have to mean forgetting about the past or pretending it didn’t hold any value at the time.


  5. merrildsmith says:

    There never is enough time, all we can do is make good use of them-and it sounds like you have.😀


  6. Wonderful post. Thank you for making me smile.


  7. Bill says:

    Compactly well done. A joy to read.


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