dVerse — Prosery Monday — killing me softly

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Through the deep caves of thought
I hear a voice that sings:—
–by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.,
from The Chambered Nautilus

I’d promised to take myself on a February vacation; one that would get me away before winter end’s grey desperation set in. Unfulfilled for a decade, I’m now sprawled on a terrycloth-covered ergonomic lounge chair on Ibiza’s beach sand, wearing a straw hat and slathered with SPF-laced coconut oil. Sunlight pulses through my skin as the Mediterranean’s rhythmic laps drowse me into deep slumber.

I’m flying over blue waters, a cushion of air bathing me in cool as it tickles my arm and neck hairs. Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings. Looking to my right, there, on the hill, a small hut – and a man. He beckons me…

The waitress’ voice stirs me.

“Senora, una recarga en tu mojito?”*

It’s sunset and the resort’s tiki hut stage is lit. He’s playing his guitar, singing my life.**

[144 words]

*translation:  Ma’am, a refill on your mojito?
**”singing my life” are lyrics taken from, “Killing Me Softly with His Song.” Learn more about the song writers here.

I am today’s host for dVerse’ Prosery Monday. I say:
Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose up of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line from the poem.

62 Comments Add yours

  1. Paula Light says:

    One of my favorite songs! Good writing 🎶🖤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Paula! ❤ I love that song too.

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  2. Helen says:

    One of my all time favorite Flack songs!! This write is the thing dreams are made of, Lisa!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Helen, I am hoping to make this dream come true real soon 🙂 I also love that song.

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  3. Aha..a lovely holiday with a razher good waitor in attendance! What more!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Ain, indeed! Thanks, my friend.

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  4. Ron. says:

    What is this “Beach” thing, of which thou speaketh?
    Seriously whammogood stuff, Lisa! And thanks for the cool prompt!
    Mojito for two, perhaps??

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  5. Gillena Cox says:

    Wow ehat a lovely dream. Hold on to itstore it.
    Happy Monday

    much💖love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Gillena, I will ❤

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  6. I love the phrase, “Through the deep caves of thought
    I hear a voice that sings” by Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. May many creative voices sing to you on your get-away.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ It is a pleasant phrase isn't it. Thank you for the well-wishing, Mary.

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  7. Ah yes, thats what you need Lisa. Keep sipping on the mojitos and dream away! ☺️💕

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  8. Ooooo, sounds lovely!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Indeed, Carol 🙂

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  9. I like Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly” and a nice cocktail is a good proposition. I also would love to finally visit Spain for real (I only visited Barcelona once for a short day visit when I was 19 or so), but I’m not much of a beach and sun-bathing person. I’d be okay there for an hour or two. Then I would get bored! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad it sounds nice, Christian. I bet if you had headphones and a playlist you would calm right down under the beach umbrella as you sipped your drink 😉

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      1. Ha, that could be true – especially given I hardly drink and it doesn’t take to knock me out!😀

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  10. memadtwo says:

    I love that song too. Sounds like a perfect vacation. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kerfe, I hope to make some reasonable fascimile of this vaca reality in February.

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      1. memadtwo says:

        That’s a good goal.

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  11. Rob Kistner says:

    That was wonderful Lisa. Loved the way you incorporated the line my friend.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Rob. I tributed Miss Flack as you tributed Miss Joni 🙂

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  12. rothpoetry says:

    Beautifully written, Lisa. I love the detailed images of your experience. The ending is intriguing, leaving us to wonder what comes next…
    Love this song… She does such a great rendition.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dwight. Glad you enjoyed the story and the song.

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  13. Sounds like a very promising vacation and that song…stuff of dreams.
    Love it, Li. ❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Punam, I hope it hops from the page (screen) into reality this winter. :::fingers crossed::: Thank you ❤

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      1. It sure will! Crossing my fingers for you. 🤞🏼
        You are welcome. ❤️

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  14. Sadje says:

    Beautiful scene setting. You took me there with you Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome

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  15. kim881 says:

    An evocative, romantic holiday snap, Lisa! I love the way you describe the sunlight pulsing through skin and the Mediterranean’s rhythmic laps as a song that sends you to sleep.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, dear Kim.

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  16. Nitin Lalit says:

    Beautiful and dreamy. Your piece reads like a much needed escape that people need.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, myself most of all. 🙂 Actually I’m living that right now, but in February… Thank you.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Ah, if only he had woken you up a few minutes later. Loved reading about your dream vacation in Ibiza. Lovely post, Lisa.

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    1. Anonymous says:

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    2. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thank you, Tanmay.

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  18. merrildsmith says:

    It sounds like a great vacation!
    I love that Roberta Flack song, too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Oh it will be, Merril 🙂 Old gold on the song. I was surprised to learn she didn’t write it.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome. I guess that’s true of many songs where a particular artist makes it his or her own.

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  19. pvcann says:

    I love the way you leave us to imagine the next scene, he beckons, his voice impacts, and there you are. Draws me in.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Paul, thank you. I think that’s the best part of a vaca, not knowing what might happen on one.

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      1. pvcann says:

        Yes, an adventure! 🙂

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  20. oh, Lisa! This prosery makes me so happy! So lovely!


    ~David

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    1. msjadeli says:

      David, so pleased it pleases you. Thank you ❤

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  21. nicely done Lisa… dreaming of this vaca! 💖💖

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I also. Happy to hear. Thank you, Cindy 🙂

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  22. it’s strange how so many of the compositions are sad. This one too, though it should be a dream come true.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jane, maybe because so many of us have been trained to hide our sorrows down deep? Maybe she’ll feel better as the night rolls on?

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      1. Maybe. Or just more numbed.

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  23. The scene, the song, (the mojito too). Perfect.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yay! I hope my real vaca unfolds just like this.

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  24. Dale says:

    Again, I was right there with you! Deliciously descriptive and I wish I was there. Now.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dreaming it is the first step.

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  25. Leyde Ryan says:

    Wowza-wowza, I was practically there!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for reading.

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