Prosery Monday- Invitation Accepted

The line for today is If you are a dreamer, come in.
The line is from Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation, as published in his wonderful book, Where the Sidewalk Ends
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photo of a happy kid lying on white bed

“If you are a dreamer, come in.”
The old woman seemed to be talking to her closet.
The home health aide had become accustomed to ignoring conversations that made little sense. She asked her again,
“Edna, are you comfortable? Need anything?”
“No dear, we’ll be fine. See you in the morning.”
Edna Jenks had been a Kindergarten teacher for sixty years. She’d never married. So, when she’d retired, four years before, she became perilously lonely and depressed.
But, recently, her spirits had brightened dramatically. Her nurses caught her having conversations and giggling and her appetite had strikingly improved.
That very afternoon she’d sat for hours reading children’s book aloud while asking questions and applauding soundless answers.
They found her the next morning unresponsive with a peaceful smile on her face and a careworn book in her lap. It was opened to Shel Silverstein’s “Invitation”.
(144 words)

Meet me where the sidewalk ends…. | dVerse (dversepoets.com)
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43 thoughts on “Prosery Monday- Invitation Accepted

  1. Beverly Crawford 04/12/2021 / 6:14 pm

    She slept away thinking of flax golden tales. Nice.

  2. lillian 04/12/2021 / 6:31 pm

    Ohhhhh…..I wish you were in this room with me….you would have heard me utter an “ohhhhhh” out loud. This is WONDERFUL! What an amazing response to the prompt. I think Shel Silverstein would love it! You made my day. WONDERFUL!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/12/2021 / 6:35 pm

      Truly humbling response! So very happy it touched you in a special way. ❤

  3. Carol Congalton 04/12/2021 / 10:00 pm

    Very cool!!!

  4. msjadeli 04/12/2021 / 11:01 pm

    I’m sure Shel would have loved your story. A beautiful yarn. I’m glad she passed on in peace.

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/13/2021 / 7:26 am

      It pleases me to my toes to think he would have. Thanks very much! 🙂

      • msjadeli 04/13/2021 / 12:35 pm

        You’re very welcome.

  5. ben Alexander 04/13/2021 / 2:58 am

    Wow, Susan. This is actually brilliant. It’s got a taste of the surreal, but it’s totally grounded in reality. Fantastic! BTW – I think you have a tiny typo in this line:

    “Edna, are your comfortable? Need anything?”

    Yours,
    David

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/13/2021 / 7:23 am

      THANKS for pointing out the typo! and Thank you for your kind critique!

  6. Ingrid 04/13/2021 / 3:00 am

    This was very touching. I am pleased this old lady found solace in her book, but sorry she had been so lonely!

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/13/2021 / 7:21 am

      Much appreciated! Dreamers never are quite all alone, are they? 😉

  7. kim881 04/13/2021 / 4:46 am

    I so enjoyed your poignant piece, Susan, especially as you included the book open to the poem from which the prompt line has been taken!

  8. Mason Bushell 04/13/2021 / 4:55 am

    This is a beautiful written piece. Sombre and yet full of respect and loving energy well done.

  9. Dave Williams 04/13/2021 / 4:59 am

    A moving story that does Silverstein’s poem proud. Edna was a dreamer, and it’s wonderful that gave her peace.

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/13/2021 / 7:14 am

      I’m so pleased with your comment and praise. Thank you.

  10. Ron Rowland 04/13/2021 / 8:34 am

    I hope I can go out as peaceful and happy as Edna.

  11. Tricia Sankey 04/13/2021 / 9:50 am

    Beautiful story. Powerful in it’s brevity! 💝

  12. Dale 04/13/2021 / 12:11 pm

    Absolutely wonderful, Susan! What a peaceful way to go!

  13. Mish 04/13/2021 / 1:25 pm

    As an early childhood educator, this really moved me. Made me wonder if that will be my final days as well…alone and reliving the 40 years of nurturing little souls. There are children’s stories and songs that will be forever ingrained in my mind.

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/13/2021 / 2:51 pm

      I can also relate from 42 years with little ones. ❤
      Those memories will certainly continue to enrich us.

      • Mish 04/13/2021 / 4:01 pm

        Yes they will!

  14. rogblog666 04/14/2021 / 6:54 pm

    i can feel the love towards the old lady from those around her coming to me from your words. wonderful

    • Susan St.Pierre 04/14/2021 / 7:06 pm

      Very pleased that love was conveyed. Her love for the children was present too. ❤

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