Möbius trap

d’Verse prosery

… or end… noting the door at the far side of the… do she wondered? Those damned traps are… gingerly, she padded towards the glowing… this a clue? Cringing, she raised her hand towards the metal and traced… so crucial to finding the way is this… there is…

… no beginning or end… doesn’t matter, she thought to… knocked her to the floor, as the lights flashed… head hurt. Liquid streamed down her… this time. No way she… the door when she tripped over an… falling through the darkness, amidst the rubble… the cold stone wall…

… pulled herself up by the tips… That’s it, yes, that’s it – just a bit… see the… close. All she had to do was grab the handle… illusion! What? No! How could it… footing and flailed desperately to keep her… crucial to finding… the way is this… there is no beginning…

The prompt

d’Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the author’s choice, no longer than 144 words. This very short piece of prose must include an assigned line from a poem, within the 144 word limit. Writers may change the punctuation of the assigned line, but they may not insert words within the quotation.

The assigned quotation was:

Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end.

Joy Harjo (b. 1951), ‘A Map to the Next World’

63 thoughts on “Möbius trap”

  1. This is incredibly riveting! 💝💝 It reminds me of going round and round in circles until we finally gain perspective.

  2. I may not know all the references, but the loss of beginnings and ends to your sentences was equal parts frustrating and compelling. At the end, I think I understood.

      1. At first, I thought it was nonsense. Then, I thought maybe she was being interrupted. But by the end, I think she is a woman lost in her own mind, trying to recall something in an anxiety induced dream of being stuck in an inescapable situation, but she cannot recall anything. She can’t even remember where her memories or her thoughts begin or end. And her torment, therefore, is endless and beginningless.

        But, like I said, I may not catch the right references.
        But if I’m right, it’s a badass story for 144 words and unfinished sentences.

  3. Ok. This is the best you get for work done during a lunch break:

    She pours it in, and he loves her. Then, he expels it. She crams it in, and he loves her. Then, expels it. Steak and corn and sauce; pies and ice cream. Restart. He consumes her faith. She consumates. His heart roams. Her heart pursues. The old adage, it must be true, yet this endless cycle fails her. Her testing wears on her will. The answer evades her every ploy. Come in fancy! Make it plain! Cook him his mom’s recipe! Then: He belongs to her! Yes?
    He slips through her fingers. The morning comes. The nightmare continues. “How does a woman truly forge her way through to a man’s heart once and for all”?
    Crucial to finding the way is this: there is no beginning or end. The epiphany jolts her back to her practoce. Of course, true love is an eternal dedication.


    Did I do it right?

    1. Yeah… uhm… WOW! That’s great! Are you going to post it on your blog and share it with the rest of the d’Verse community? It’s so good!


          1. Hey, I don’t think I have time for this event, supposing it’s still going on, but if you can direct me to the right sources, then I may participate in future challenges.

          2. Dave, I’m happy to help.

            First of all, the website to follow is: https://dversepoets.com/ – you should be able to follow them with your WordPress account the same way you follow any other WordPress blog.

            This particular prompt can be found here – https://dversepoets.com/2021/06/08/poetics-take-a-risk/

            You can still participate! The deadline hasn’t ended yet. All you have to do is go to that link above (the one for the specific prompt) and scroll down to the bottom of the post until you find a white, horizontal rectangle that says ‘Mister Linky’ on the left side. Simply click on that rectangle, and you’ll find a very short and simple form to submit the link to your submission.

            Does that help?


  4. The very first thing I thought of when I read this line was the mobius sphere/strip. I’ve knit four winter hats using the mobius sphere for the brims….quite a confusing thing to do involving using a VERY long circular needle that doubles back on itself. It’s still a mystery to me how I end up with the second “row” and I’m still in the circular pattern! You’ve captured the mystery of this puzzle so very well!

    1. winter hats using the mobius sphere for the brims…

      I’ve never even heard of that! It sounds so cool, Lillian – do you have any photos of one?


  5. Creative connection made to the prompt. ✨
    Are you familiar with Meow Wolf? It is an immersive, mind-blowing experience.
    Your fiction piece reminds me of that.

  6. David,
    This is like an abstract painting: a bit surreal and a bit recognizable, a puzzle that may or may not “work out” for the beholder.

  7. Möbius indeed, David. I think you could have arranged this in any order. It’s like walking into someone’s nightmare, or as someone else commented, like a Twilight Zone episode. Nice!

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