dVerse — Prosery — apples, alyssum, and arnica

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I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum
that smells like honey and peace.
by Katherine Riegel, from the poem,
What I would like to grow in my Garden.”

Summer’s wandered off. Harvest moon presides during crisp-aired dormiveglia that sweetens the apples. Not quite autumn, sunshine continues cavorting with wind’s playful nips.

Today, Melba strolls the medicinal garden in rural Shelby. The story goes that a cherry orchard once stood here. The girl’s parents owned the orchard, and the boy’s parents were sharecroppers for them. It was where two farm kids grew up together and fell in love as the years passed. One night her father heard them in the hayloft. The boy and his family were banished from the county.

The color in her cheeks faded; her skin waxen. She took to her bed – then passed.

Drought tindered the trees to flame; ash. Her pinch-faced mother planted one apple tree over her only daughter’s grave.

Like her, I’d like, too, to plant the sweet alyssum that smells like honey and peace.

[144 words]

This story is part fact, part fiction. There is a medicinal garden in Shelby, where a cherry orchard once stood.  Alyssum is a medicinal plant with many properties, one of which is pain-killing. On Saturday a friend and I went to the garden. The top image is of an arnica blossom. Arnica is also a plant known for pain-killing properties.  The rest is fiction (to my knowledge!)

Sanaa is today’s host for dVerse’ Prosery. Sanaa says:
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. Since it is a kind of Flash Fiction, we here at the pub have a limit of 144 words. [W]rite a Prose piece which includes the [above] line.

53 Comments Add yours

  1. What a sad story for a wonderful garden. I can really see how this may have happened for real… a fairytale lacking happy end.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bjorn, and you’re right.

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      1. The ending is a bit chilling though…but very sad story, and interesting explanation about the plant..

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Ain, for sure things take a dark turn. Thank goodness for the healing power of plants. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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  2. sanaarizvi says:

    This is deeply moving, Lisa! I love how seamlessly you have incorporated the line by Riegel here. Thank you so much for adding your voice to the prompt ❤❤

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sanaa, for your kind words and for the wonderful line choice.

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done! Flowers are such good way to remember the beauty in those who have passed!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Dwight, thank you very much. Indeed.

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  4. That’s a sad story. I felt so sorry for the mother, pinch-faced or not. I wonder if the apple tree flourished…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sarah thank you. In my imagination it stands in the center of the medicinal garden even now.

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  5. Mish says:

    A beautiful but sad tale, as outsiders interfere and prevent love from blossoming. I especially like way this feels with the prosery… ” Drought tindered the trees to flame; ash.” AND very cool to use “dormiveglia”.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Many thanks, Mish.

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  6. merrildsmith says:

    So sad. I imagine this story could almost be true. Thank you for the info. Medicinal gardens are interesting.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      It does feel true. You’re welcome, Merril. Thank you for reading and your comment.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome, Lisa!

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  7. Sunra Rainz says:

    A soothing sensory write despite the sombre end to the tale. And I really like learning the fun facts about the medicinal properties of the plants at the end! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Sunra, thanks so much 🙂

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  8. Jim says:

    A sad story, Lisa, you wrote it well in a short vessel. These things you spoke of do happen with some kids no matter where they live. My dad too was a sharecropper, his father owned the farm. Eventually my sister and I owned the farm, it was small. Here in southeast Texas along the Gulf Coast, we are still running temps in the nineties (F).
    ..

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jim thank you very much and glad you can connect to the story.

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  9. How could something so tragic be enchantingly poetic? Well done!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Susan, thank you! ❤

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  10. Nitin Lalit says:

    A really sad story. I liked how the girls passing has an effect on the environment. So much said in just 144 words.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Nitin, thank you. Often tragedy ends up having a positive “side effect.”

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  11. Carol anne says:

    this is beautiful Li! I love it! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Very happy you enjoyed it, thank you 🙂

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  12. Gillena Cox says:

    Short and sad one. Bravo

    Much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gillena, thank you ❤

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  13. Sadje says:

    You’ve written such a moving story Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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  14. Sad in its telling Lisa. :[

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, unfortunately a very sad situation 😦

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  15. memadtwo says:

    A ghost story…appropriate for a medicinal garden. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Kerfe.

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  16. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Great sad story…medicinal plants intrigue me and it’s cool that they are a natural way to help people without chemicals.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      YES! Nobody benefits except the recipient. It’s off the capitalism grid 🙂

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  17. Dale says:

    So sad when parents stick their noses in “in the best interest” of their children… How wonderful that there is a medicinal garden!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I covered a lot of turf in this one. Hopefully it all made sense.

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      1. Dale says:

        Yes, you did and it did!

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  18. Helen says:

    Oh my … your prose is incredibly bittersweet.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Helen.

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  19. Beautifully written and bittersweet. This story may be fiction, but there are similar stories of people being separated by prejudice that happened in reality.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I can very much believe that 😦 Thank you for reading.

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  20. Raivenne says:

    So gorgeously penned, but oh, the depth of meaning in that closing line, Lisa! You have taken the prompt phrase and redefined it. Brava!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      :::glowing::: from your high praise, Raivenne. Thank you.

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  21. jazzytower says:

    Sad, yes. But such is life. A good read.

    Pat

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Pat, thank you very much.

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  22. Everything Plant says:

    A beautiful tragedy, well played. I bet you would enjoy my site about plants too. 🌱😁

    Like

  23. Irene says:

    😢 bittersweet, so good, MsJadeLi!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Irene, thank you very much.

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