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

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

  1. lillian 03/14/2022 / 6:21 pm

    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. Gillena Cox 03/14/2022 / 6:40 pm

    Bravo. Luv it.
    Happy Monday


  3. D. Avery @shiftnshake 03/14/2022 / 7:56 pm

    There is maybe some hope for him if he is willing to lie down in a snowbank, but it’s a rough start for her. It’s too bad because both poets and scientists are observers.

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/14/2022 / 8:00 pm

      I hadn’t thought of that connection. I’m even more hopeful for them now. 😉

  4. K.Hartless 03/14/2022 / 8:29 pm

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

  5. Truedessa 03/14/2022 / 9:25 pm

    Its all about perspective some times. I enjoyed the presentation of your prosery.

  6. ben Alexander 03/15/2022 / 7:59 am

    oh, man… I hope they manage to stay married, Susan!


    • Susan St.Pierre 03/15/2022 / 8:56 am

      They are at the immature stage. I’m pulling for them! 😉

  7. paeansunplugged 03/15/2022 / 9:07 am

    I am sure these are teething troubles in a new marriage. Most men see clouds as just …clouds! 😉
    Love it!

  8. writingwhatnots 03/15/2022 / 12:11 pm

    She’s got her work cut out…

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/15/2022 / 12:35 pm

      Certainly seems she’ll be the one reaching more than halfway in that marriage. But? They’re young so maturity may help.

      • writingwhatnots 03/15/2022 / 12:41 pm

        Absolutely 🤞.

  9. msjadeli 03/16/2022 / 6:01 pm

    They are definitely operating in two different hemispheres of the brain!

    • Susan St.Pierre 03/16/2022 / 7:12 pm

      For sure! I’d even bet that one is left handed and the other right. 😁

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