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d’Verse Prosery 4/10/23~An Autobiographical Tale

From this poem, I chose the following line to include in our prosery.

“The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart.”

~ from “Winged Words”, Valsa George
Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose no more than 144 words that includes the line given.

I was a dreamer as long as I can remember.
Enchanted by the beauty of the natural world, I defined my surroundings in poetic phrases and wore rose-colored glasses. As my passage to adulthood became imminent, the seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart when the reality of the world flooded into my view. Poverty, cruelty and corruption attempted to steal my innocent joy for longer than I should have allowed it to.
Then, one day, I decided to surround myself with children. Laughter, wonder, and play slowly replaced my growing cynicism and worry.
Misplacing a shoe, or forgetting a library book on Tuesday, became the major crises of the day. Even though they were real and intense as they happened, they passed. Being present was then revealed to hold the true meaning of life.
…And poetry has not abandoned me since.



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

24 thoughts on “d’Verse Prosery 4/10/23~An Autobiographical Tale

  1. Aww, children have a way of bringing us back to innocence, the basics and a sense of what’s really important. We can learn from the littlest. I enjoyed your prosery. Thanks for joining in.

  2. Hi Susan… Happy (______________) — fill in the blank with whatever you are celebrating this time of year. “Be here now” has slways rung true for me — though it ain’t easy. Nice writing my friend… 👍🏼🙂✌🏼🫶🏼

  3. Very well written. I love the use of the prompt. It is interesting how getting the right perspective can really affect our outlook on life!

  4. It’s nice to regain a little innocence as you age. Children can definitely help you with that. I mean the world’s a cold and cruel place and all, but there’s beauty in life. Even though it’s hard to see it sometimes. I’m glad poetry hasn’t left you since.

  5. A beautiful write, Susan–and a wonderful reflection. Children do put things in perspective, although not everyone understands that.
    Belated happy birthday wishes!

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