During these darkest days, child, you must allow yourself to talk what you please of future spring; and sun-warm’d sweet tomorrow will, in this very way, become reality.
Yes, the Russians invaded your home and murdered your family; they’ve raped and tortured your neighbors; they’ve decimated your city. Yes, much of your country lies in ruins; and there’s no end in sight to war. Yes, you’ve experienced unfathomable horrors most cannot imagine.
Indeed, you may feel, and very reasonably so, that I’ve no right to offer you advice… I, who live in peace and comfort… And, frankly, you’d be right.
But it’s not about me, child. It’s about you; it’s about your vengeance. Will you grant that malevolent, megalomaniacal, murderous monster victory with your despair? Every Ukrainian soldier is fighting with and for the hope of your nation. Surely, you owe them your own?
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.
Talk what you please of future spring-from ‘A Daughter Of Eve’ by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And sun-warm’d sweet tomorrow.