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d’Verse Prosery Monday- Poetic Injustice

Write a piece of prose (flash fiction or creative nonfiction) that includes the line “I wandered lonely as a cloud” and is 144 words or less, sans title. You can NOT write poetry today. Prose is the name of the game!

“I wander lonely as a cloud.”


“I was just thinking about how lonely clouds must be.”

Ted stood and brushed himself off aggressively. He and Syl were newlyweds just lying on their backs in a snowbank.

“What is it with you? Not only do you anthropomorphize everything, but they’re never happy or dancing or fierce! Poets are worse than country song writers. Poor this and sad that.”

“I can’t help it, Ted. That’s how I think. You’re touchy.”

” Clouds are useful. They gather rain and offer shade. Lonely is the absence of purpose. Clouds don’t wander. They’re carried on wind currents whether they like it or not!”

Ted stormed off to start the car.

Syl got up and walked slowly after him down the hill while whispering to herself.

“He may be a scientist, but I know how it feels to be lonely.”

I Wander Lonely as a Cloud
by William Wordsworth


I love a well told story. If it makes me laugh, all the better.

24 thoughts on “d’Verse Prosery Monday- Poetic Injustice

  1. Ah….I chuckled at this one! I’ve been married to a scientist for 52 years….and yes, I’m now a home poet….but have not always been. But I’ve always been much more on the creative side. So this really made me chuckle! :)Thanks for posting.

  2. Love the humorous bickering here, and then the realization that loneliness knows no single profession. Such a refreshing piece, Susan. Thanks for sharing.

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