dVerse — Prosery Monday — Night Mares

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In the street of the sky night walks scattering poems
— by e.e. cummings, from “IX- Impressions”

In the street of the sky night walks scattering poems. Dawn will write a new one soon,” she said that night as we walked, arm in arm, our necks craned, looking up, bare feet scuffling the uneven gravel path that silenced to sand. Beach grass wind-sighed yet was drowned in the roar of stampeding waves pawing at the shore.

We’ll jump on our sky ponies’ backs and lasso them,” I said while spinning around to face her, pulling her into my arms. We embraced as if it were the last time. And it was.

The next morning, I found her clothes folded neatly on the driftwood log where the grass ended and the beach opened like a runway to heaven.

She’d decided to join her sargasso-haired sisters in the muffled swoon of the deep, crab-bait-to-be, with octopi soon slithering through her ribcage.

[144 words]

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images taken at Lake Michigan beach in July 2013

Linda Lee Lyberg is today’s host for dVerse’ Monday Prosery. Linda says:
Write a story of 144 words or less (not including the title). The story must have a beginning and an end, and should not be poetry. Sounds easy enough right? Here’s the twist: You must use the poetry line I have given you within your story. You may alter the punctuation, but you must use the line in its entirety without inserting any other words.

45 Comments Add yours

  1. This is so sad but so very beautiful. Love the way you described the death in the ocean, joining the sargasso haired sisters.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bjorn, thank you very much.

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  2. Your story is lush with wonderful imagery Lisa. A sad, ending, but also freeing.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Dear Linda ❤

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      1. You’re welcome. 🙏🏻😊

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  3. kim881 says:

    Nicely done, Lisa! I love the use of sound in ‘bare feet scuffling the uneven gravel path that silenced to sand’ and ‘Beach grass wind-sighed yet was drowned in the roar of stampeding waves pawing at the shore’. But the ending is quite horrific. Where can I find a sky pony?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thank you, Kim.

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      1. kim881 says:

        You’re more than welcome, Lisa!

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  4. lillian says:

    What an amazing write….what an amazing illustration. I am smitten with these words, “Beach grass wind-sighed yet was drowned in the roar of stampeding waves pawing at the shore.” The imagery is divine.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      ❤ Thanks Lillian!

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  5. So romantic… until that slithering!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So you’re ok with the crab-bait-to-be? 😉 Thanks, Ken!

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  6. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    It is so hard to find a Silkie with poetic inclinations. Nice gender switch for the protagonist, but you could have written as a woman with a Merman. Most Mermaids are a bit evil, drowning the lusty sailors. This one was the exception it seems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn! Good to see you. Love your comment. There’s an exception to every rule, you know that…

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  7. Gillena Cox says:

    OMG. That last paragraph is tense.
    Happy Monday.

    Much💛love

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Gillena!

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  8. dorahak says:

    Quite disconcerting and sad for the lover left behind. What a whale, I mean, crab-bait-to-be, tale!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You know I didn’t think of her as a selkie until Glenn mentioned it, but I believe he’s right. Maybe she swallows octopi whole, while they’re still slithering…

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      1. dorahak says:

        That’s what I thought until … well, she’s a very unusual selkie 🙂

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  9. merrildsmith says:

    Sad, beautiful imagery–and cool photo, too!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril!

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        You’re welcome!

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  10. Rob Kistner says:

    So dark and dangerous Lisa, but delightfully so! Great tale you’ve spun around the proffered prompt phrase. You blended it seamlessly into your piece. Bravo my fridnd… 👍🏼🙂✌🏼🕊❤️

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Rob, thanks, buddy!

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  11. memadtwo says:

    I thought selkie right away too. Lovely description of the beach. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K 🙂

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  12. Raivenne says:

    Oh, your words are gorgeous, Lisa! But the last line – breathtaking and heartbreaking. The prompt seamless. Bravo.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Raivenne, thank you ❤

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  13. rothpoetry says:

    A beautiful tragedy! You die d a great job with this prompt!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Dwight!

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        You really didn’t die d a great job, you did a great job!:>)

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  14. Sad, but there’s something a bit heroic about it too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Jane.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much.

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  15. Badfinger (Max) says:

    The imagery is in high gear with this one.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        I feel bad because I cannot give better comments…but I’m learning more and more.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Reading and commenting is appreciated. No worries, my friend.

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  16. Sadje says:

    So beautifully written Li.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re very welcome

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  17. Helen says:

    A fascinating piece of prose, Lisa ….. by land or by sea!!

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