The seed of a poem lay dormant

dโ€™Verse prosery

Scorching wind blew across the wasteland. Only cracked husks remained of trees, their leaves merely distant memories. Robes flowing, I unrolled the ancient map, checked my compass, and glanced towards the sun. Two hours till midday.

“C’mon, Gretch, we’re almost there,” I whispered, tapping her head with my stick. Gretchen snorted and continued her pacing gait, turning towards the dunes I’d noted on the map. An hour later, I sighted the cone-shaped boulder. “Stop, Gretch. Stay.”

Hopping down, I tread over to the southern side of the rock, and started to dig. It wasn’t long until I uncovered the small, metal canister. Unscrewing it carefully, I dumped the contents into my palm. There, in my hand, the seed of a poem lay dormant.

In my heart of hearts, I knew my mission had only begun, but at least this journey hadn’t been in vain.


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:

The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart.

-Valsa George, ‘Winged Words’

53 thoughts on “The seed of a poem lay dormant”

  1. Brilliant David, beautifully woven story that had me totally hooked! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    1. I was imagining a camel, Kim, but it doesn’t really matter…
      But camels are the ones who have “pacing gaits”
      (you can Google it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

      Much love and appreciation,

  2. Hi Davidโ€ฆ Happy (______________) โ€” fill in the blank with whatever you are celebrating this time of year. I enjoyed our journey on horseback Nice writing my friendโ€ฆ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ™‚โœŒ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿผ

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