The Writing Begins

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Prosery Monday-
Some Prosery Cheer!  (posted by Lillian)

"PROSERY IS a piece of short prose that includes a line from a poem. I will give you the line, and then you incorporate it into your prose piece. Your prose can be either flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. YOU CAN NOT WRITE A POEM for this prompt. AND, your prose should be no longer than 144 words, sans title. It does not have to be exactly 144 words. But it can be no longer than 144 words. 

So for today’s prompt, somewhere in your 144 word or less piece of prose, you must include the line “Reading what I have just written, I now believe”. Remember, you may change the capitalization and punctuation. You may add words before and/or after the line, but the line itself must remain intact!"

My poem begins
 under a cloud.  Words are darkness in themselves
 as if each one was a different shade–charcoal, iron,
 steel, or ink.  My guts spill out across the page.
 Yet, as I continue shaping-creping my poem into
 an ending I know will pull me so far down, I may
 never resurface–I gradually add a glimmer, a flicker
 of pearl-sized light to intrude.  I skim the draft I have
 so far.  In reading what I have just written, I now believe
 myself to be a dual-personality, fighting, struggling
 for a happy ending.

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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6 Responses to The Writing Begins

  1. lillian says:

    This is an amazing self-reflective piece. “as I continue shaping-creping my poem” And how I love that word “Shaping-creping” ! It’s interesting isn’t it? Sometimes I put my pen to paper and write away. Then I stop, read what I’ve written and think, “Where did that come from?”


  2. Beverly Crawford says:

    How exhausting it must be fighting to keep the dark side at bay. Hold fast to the glimmer.

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  3. The happy ending for every writer is not easy to know… and is it really needed?

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