Spreading love, joy, peace, faith & unity

Join Me with a Prosery

I’m quoting Kim from Writing in North Norfolk. “I’m welcoming dVerse poets to Prosery, when we ask you to write a very short piece of prose that tells a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of your choice: flash fiction, nonfiction, or creative nonfiction. 

As it’s a kind of flash fiction, we have a limit of 144 words; an additional challenge is to hit 144 exactly. The special thing about Prosery is that we give you a complete line from a poem, which must be included somewhere in your story, within the 144-word limit. You may change punctuation but you are not allowed to insert words in between parts of the quotation.

Ole Tom

We see Ole Tom with his bent shoulders and thinning torso
We see his wind-weathered face and his thinning gray hair
He sits in my living room strumming his guitar
Singing the fourteenth verse of an old folk song
He has a thousand such songs tucked into his head
Along with the entire books of Matthew and Acts
We see him as an ancient sage
We look at him through the wrong end
Of the long telescope of Time
His mind is sharper than mine ever was
And he shows no signs of stopping
Each Christmas Ole Tom recites the Christmas story
From the book of Acts, never reading, just expounding
Amazing the congregation with his masterful memory
He is the epitome of a wise man: Ninety-three going on thirty
Never see him as old and never underestimate Ole Tom
Turn that telescope around!

Bob, Jan & Tom
New Years Eve 2011

What fun to participate in dVerse poets’ invitation to Prosery.
It’s a challenge to come up with a 144 word poem,
but not when you have such a delightful subject as Ole Tom.
How we loved him!!
He will live in our hearts forever.

Do you have an ole Sage in your life?
Count your blessings if you do…
and consider joining the fun at dVerse Poets!

Were you able to find the “complete line from a poem”
that I was required to insert as part of my Prosery?
Which do you think it was?

See ya tomorrow.
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Comments on: "Join Me with a Prosery" (27)

  1. We look at him through the wrong end
    Of the long telescope of Time….is this it? I like your poem, ma! I’m off to sleep now after a 14 hour work day! I love you 🥰💖🥰💖

  2. Is it “what fun to participate in dVerse poets invitation to prosery” or “of the long telescope of time”? Just a guess.. 😀 Well one other sentence also seem to me to be the one😄 Anyways, it’s a beautifully written prose Jan. Loved reading it❤️
    Take care and a great week ahead🤗🌺

  3. Great story Jan… and a great photo also… I could identify with singing the umteenth verse of an old folk song!

  4. Ol Tom sounds like a very enriching member of your community. Nice tribute to him.

    • Yes, he was definitely an enriching member of our community! I was blessed to be his Senior Companion during the last few years of his life. What a wonderful insight he gave me into the beauty of aging gracefully and the importance of memory retention. I should be so blessed!

  5. This is a lovely tribute poem, Jan, and I like the way you have included the prompt line. However, as you quoted at the beginning of your post, Prosery is ‘when we when we ask you to write a very short piece of prose that tells a story, with a beginning, a middle and an end’ with a limit of 144 words, including the prompt line. Would you please be so kind and re-write your poem as a piece of prose that fits the rules of prosery? Thank you so much,

  6. Inspirational in poetry or prose

  7. Nice to meet you Jan, and thank you for visiting me at my Image & Verse site.

    • Thanks so much for visiting and responding here, Rob. It was fun to see your poetry and prose. I look forward to spending more time perusing your site. <3

  8. This is the story of a man who has lived a life long and well

    • Yes, indeed, he did! I felt privileged to be a part of it, <3 Thanks for taking time to visit and comment, Bjorn. <3

  9. Tom sounds like a treasure but you talk of him in past tense, sorry for your loss!

  10. Tom sounds delightful. The only example of something similar in my life is a 99-year-old former pastor living in a residential care center who preaches a 20-minute sermon to the residents every Sunday. He quotes verses exactly without looking down at the Bible.

Leave a Reply

Tag Cloud