Night walks scattering poems

dโ€™Verse prosery

“Hey, brother.” Fat Greg lifted the flap of Earl’s camping tent and prodded him unceremoniously. “Wake up.”

Instantly, Earl was awake. Sleeping rough for more than twelve years had taught him to always keep one eye open, and he had long since gotten used to Greg’s behavior. Besides, having a friend was a matter of survival on the street. “Hey, Greg! It’s gotta be past midnightโ€ฆ What’s up? Did you score any dope tonight?”

Fat Greg was always high on something. He said he couldn’t survive on the streets otherwise. “Hells yeah, bro. I’m high as a kite right nowโ€ฆ Hey, listenโ€ฆ Whaddaya think of the sky?”


“The sky, bro! The sky!”

“Of the sky? Of the sky? Seriously? Greg, I’m living in a tent in the street! Of the sky?”

“Night walks scattering poems, bro! The stars sway on threads of gossamer!”


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:

In the street of the sky night walks scattering poems.

e. e. cummings, Tulips and Chimneys, IX- Impressions

42 thoughts on “Night walks scattering poems”

  1. Your Prosery is beautifully conceived … and speaks to so many without homes. I keep plastic bags of ‘essentials’ in my automobile trunk. Soaps, toothpaste, warm socks, protein bars … hand them out wherever, whenever I can.

  2. All over the world street poetry is revered
    You did a wonderful work here, honoring the syllables of the homeless.
    Just pausing and for a moment to enter their thought process, you did an incredibly beautiful sweat with these two lines

    ๐Ÿ•ธNight walks scattering poems,ย bro! The stars sway on threads of gossamer๐Ÿ•ธ

    Great prompt, returning to cummings, love it.

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