We are, each of us, life’s canvases

d’Verse prosery

Friends, today we aspire to be poems, rather than to write or read them. Tune in to the rhythms of your heart beats and breaths; experience the air, its temperature and direction; take in the colors and shapes of your surroundings. Your senses produce letterless words; heed the language of being; listen to the song of Is.

This day, today, we shall each eschew the computer and bring no book – for this one day we’ll give to idleness. Our fingers shall find no purchase on our keyboards; our hands shall remain empty of pens and papers. On this day, our goal is not to create, my friends; but, rather, to be created. We are, each of us, life’s canvases.

So, go forth and be, dear friends! Today is your final lesson as poets – sometimes, nay, often, we must do nothing… but be.

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:

And bring no book, for this one day
We’ll give to idleness.

-from William Wordsworth‘s poem ‘Lines Written at a small distance from my House

70 thoughts on “We are, each of us, life’s canvases”

  1. “On this day, our goal is not to create, my friends; but, rather, to be created. We are, each of us, life’s canvases.” Loved it, David. I, myself was going to write something similar but yours is much much better than what I had in mind! ❤

  2. This calls to mind those days when I was very young. I was free from care, worry, agenda and expectations. How long has it been since all I did was ….simply be? What a wonderful notion! As adults we seem preoccupied with filling up time and space with doing. But, perhaps to just be is really the point. Just be and wait to see what good we can do to leave the world a better place.

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