Here’s how to take part in the Prosery Prompt:
– Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line.
– Post your Prosery piece on your blog and make certain to link back to this post.
– Place the link to your actual post (not your blog or web site) in the Mister Linky site.
– Please visit other blogs and comment on their posts!
Remember: You must use that entire given prompt line for your Prosery piece. You may change punctuation and capitalize words, but you are not allowed to insert words between parts of the sentence.
“For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May”
–From “May Day” by Sara Teasdale
The bloody battle suddenly paused because of an unusual mid-April blizzard.
A tempest of icy crystals obscured visibility to a few feet as the under clothed soldiers huddled in small groups.
Jimmy’s tour-of-duty was due to end in thirteen days but his gut was warning him otherwise.
He felt compelled to scratch a short letter to his mother with numb fingertips and place it in his pocket.
We’ve been in a most bitter fight today.
Victory will be ours as soon as a brutal snowstorm lifts and offers my company its due.
Our resolve is solid and my discharge is imminent yet I wanted to let you know my heart is already home.
I am not afraid and I love you.
For how can I be sure I shall see again the world on the first of May?
Your loving son,
20 thoughts on “d’Verse Prosery Monday- Bloody Hope”
Beautifully written story! I love how you wove the prompt in so smoothly.
Thank-you. Sometimes stories write themselves.
Yes, I agree! I love it when that happens.
Oh that tugs on the heartstrings ☺️💕
I’m confident he makes it home. ❤
Perhaps a sad outcome, or not. Maybe he made it home. Either way his family will know that he loved them and that he wasn’t afraid.
❤ Thank-you for commenting. I expect he got home.
Jimmy will get home to see his dear mother. I’m sure of it. Beautiful story especially for anyone who has had a loved one in combat.
Thank-you. Much appreciated.
I think there have been so many–too many– letters like this. Oh, I hope Jimmy made it home!
Thank-you. In my story, Jimmy makes it home. ❤
Wow, Susan – I love how you broke this into two halves, with the letter being the second part! This is so poignant.
😊 Thanks David. ❤
Oh, that was poignant! I am sure Jimmy was home with his mom on May first.
Me too. Thank-you. 😊
You are welcome. 👍🏼😊
Such a letter is a sad reminder that war is so much more than simply gunfire.