The night sky sparkles with stardust

dโ€™Verse prosery

“In space, Captain?”

“Yes, Lieutenant. Our analysts are certain. I know it’s a lot to absorb; please take your time toโ€ฆ”

Pacing up and down the aisle of the top secret anti-gravity aircraft, I find myself reliving yesterday’s conversation over and over again in my mind. In space? The very idea seems preposterousโ€ฆ butโ€ฆ if the science officers are certainโ€ฆ

I mean, what do I know, after all? I’m just an agent, not a scientist.

Absorbed in my thoughts, I don’t realize that I’ve been pacing furiously for hours, as we fly to base. My feet and calves are sore, but I hardly notice. The implications are terrifying. I’d been ready for the captain to say anything, butโ€ฆ howโ€ฆ

Could it be? Is our enemy actually in space?

In time, I sit.

Thousands of feet above the sea, the night sky sparkles with stardust.


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 space in time I sit
thousands of feet above
the sea

May Sarton (1912 โ€“ 1995), ‘Meditation in Sunlight’

49 thoughts on “The night sky sparkles with stardust”

  1. I enjoyed this David, very much. You melded the proffered line in seamlessly my friend! We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbonโ€ฆ

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