If you are a dreamer, come in.
–Shel Silverstein, from Invitation
At ten, it was screamed epithets and the rhythmic crack of dad’s belt on her back as she curled on the filthy floor. At twenty, it was the sound of her drunken boyfriend’s fist crunching fine bones in her face. At thirty, it was smelling sour sweat and hearing lurid grunts as her husband raped her. At forty, it was rustling as she fought off her boss’ furtive grabbing in the supply room. At fifty, it was her weeping after being slapped by her new boyfriend for “disobedience.”
She’s not sure why she cut his throat as he watched the game. Beer and blood gurgled from the gaping slice in his neck as she laughed.
Her prison counselor referred her to a creative writing group. Tonight she stands in the doorway of the small room; hears:
“If you are a dreamer, come in.”
Image is of Iron Bridge.
Lillian is today’s host of dVerse’ Prosery. Lillian says:
SO WHAT IS PROSERY? It’s a new genre of creative writing originated by dVerse. There are four caveats for Prosery Mondays:
1. Your post must be prose, not poetry. Most people post what is commonly called Flash Fiction. Occasionally someone writes prose that is memoir or nonfiction.
2. Your prose/flash fiction must have a beginning, middle and end…just as a story does.
3. Your prose must be succinct: no more than 144 words in length, sans title.
4. Your prose must include the specific line of poetry the dVerse host provides in the prompt. It must be included exactly as the words are written in the line. The punctuation may be altered, but the words and their order must be identical to the line as given.
The line for today is “If you are a dreamer, come in.”