d’Verse Prosery~ Farmer Foster


  • Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose up of up to or exactly 144 words,
  • Including the given line from the poem.
  • Post your Prosery piece on your blog and link back to this post.
    The quote below must be included.

“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things? – from Rainer Maria Rilke, “Heartbeat.”

A no nonsense farmer wanted room to manipulate his wheelchair so he had his grandson take down a wall in the center of his old house.
The farmhouse was in the same location for over 200 years, and had a lot of issues, but one of them had never been ghosts.
As soon as the wall was removed, Foster started hearing mumbling near his ears when he ate his supper.
He was annoyed but ignored it.
Then there came breathy words as he ate…

“Only mouths are we. Who sings the distant heart which safely exists in the center of all things?”

The old fella wasn’t afraid one bit but now his dander was up!

“I don’t know ’bout your dag gum MOUTHS but you had BETTER shut your ‘arses’ THE HELL UP!”

Foster never had a ghost problem again, from that moment on.

(144 words)

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27 thoughts on “d’Verse Prosery~ Farmer Foster

  1. Ingrid 05/11/2021 / 8:58 am

    Haha! The ghosts were no match for Foster: good one!

      • Ingrid 05/11/2021 / 9:01 am

        I would love to see a horror movie where he shows up at the end!

  2. Dora 05/11/2021 / 10:00 am

    Why don’t ghosts ever tell jokes to pass the time, is what I want to know. And how was Farmer Foster supposed to know they were only quoting Rilke?! Sounds vaguely threatening! 😄

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 10:16 am

      HA HA! Yes! Telling jokes is a great way to communicate with people. Ghosts may sound educated but they’re not very smart. lol
      Thank you, Dora! I sense a future story in that observation.

  3. T.J.S. Sherman 05/11/2021 / 10:21 am

    I could hear this with a distinct accent. Nicely done.

  4. T.J.S. Sherman 05/11/2021 / 10:22 am

    I could hear his response with a distinct accent. Nicely done!

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 10:23 am

      Thanks! He missed his ‘calling’ as a ghost exterminator, didn’t he? lol

      • T.J.S. Sherman 05/11/2021 / 10:26 am

        He can always go the route of Jeff Bridges in the after life, like in that move R.I.P.D. 🤣

      • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 10:32 am

        I’m unfamiliar with that movie but know you’ve made a big funny. LOL

      • T.J.S. Sherman 05/11/2021 / 10:39 am

        (You’re not missing much, but Jeff plays a ghost cowboy who hunts down renegade ghosts with ghost Ryan Reynolds)

      • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 10:41 am

        Thanks… I wasn’t sure whether I had missed a good one. lol (Well, Ryan Reynolds is kinda cute but I’ve never watched any movie for that reason. 😀 )

      • T.J.S. Sherman 05/11/2021 / 10:46 am

        It’s like Green Lantern, no amount of Ryan cuteness will make it worth it.

  5. Jen Goldie 05/11/2021 / 12:14 pm

    Poor ghost! Maybe it was hungry! Ever think of that?
    Congrats on yet another brilliant write!
    BTW……….I love you new FROG on your banner. It’s BIG!!!!! 😏 But beautiful 🐸ribbit!!

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks! The frog isn’t too big, is it? I have dozens of photos. I may try on another one and get your opinion.
      Hard to believe but some people find frogs creepy. LOL Where did they come from?

      • Jen Goldie 05/11/2021 / 12:48 pm

        No I love it!!
        Frogs creepy?? LOL No! NOT! Niet!

  6. sanaarizvi 05/11/2021 / 2:24 pm

    Ooh this is deliciously spooky and fun 😀 those ghosts were absolutely no match for Foster. Thank you so much for writing to the prompt 💝💝

    PS: Love the banner 🐸

    • Susan St.Pierre 05/11/2021 / 2:54 pm

      Thanks all around! Your so kind.
      I took that banner photo. 😊

  7. Helen Dehner 05/11/2021 / 8:38 pm

    Something good ~~~ as I type, I am laughing.

  8. merrildsmith 05/13/2021 / 12:49 pm

    This made me laugh out loud! Very clever. Thank you! 😀

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