My otherworldly verse zone

dโ€™Verse prosery

My cleverest limericks take me significant effort to write; and I’m never satisfied with the results. Once I’ve produced one, I read through it again multiple times, endlessly tweaking the lines’ wordings and syllable counts. And I certainly can’t think through potential word choices or hear the music of my inchoate verses if anything or anyone is competing for my attention.

Today, while writing a particularly brilliant limerick in response to Sadje’s #WDYS prompt, I am sailing into the horizon of my otherworldly verse zone. Suddenly, through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings, “Cause way deep down inside, I’ve got a dream,” right out of Disney’s ‘Tangled’, which I happen to adore.

Sighing inwardly, I remove my fingers from the keyboard and smile at my seven-year-old; I’ve long since learned that she won’t be ignored when she wants attention.


dโ€™Verse prosery is flash fiction with a beginning, a middle and an end, in any genre of the authorโ€™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:

Through the deep caves of thought I hear a voice that sings

โ€“Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809 โ€“ 1894), from ‘The Chambered Nautilus’

54 thoughts on “My otherworldly verse zone”

  1. I found this so amusing, David. I’ve got to say that I really like your limericks, so it’s nice to read about their background. I’ve only watched bits and pieces of Tangled. It’s about time I watched the whole thing.

  2. David, I love how you processed through this one! No, we are never satisfied with the end results. Because there is no end, I believe, to words or word choices. And a 7-year old is far more important than words of a poem.

  3. Youโ€™ve made me chuckle, David. Iโ€™m off to see my grandson soon and I expect Iโ€™ll come home humming some Disney tunes. Last time I came back singing โ€˜Under the Seaโ€™ from โ€˜The Little Mermaidโ€™!

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