dVerse Prosery # 2 – The Moon

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dVerse Prosery # 2 – The Moon

Prosery #2

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This is for dVerse Poets. To find out more, click the above link.

The instructions are from Sarah, and the poem the line is taken from is called, “Full Moon”, by Alice Oswald.

The Prosery prompt starts with a line taken from a poem, and asks you to write a piece of flash fiction incorporating that line, in full, somewhere in the piece of prose. To make it a little more challenging there’s a word limit of 144 words.

I dreamt I was the moon

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They say the moon is made of cheese, but I don’t believe it any more.

Back when I was a kid, my dad built his own telescope. I loved watching him grind the lenses, taking a large white plumbing pipe, and putting it all together. He checked out books from the library to find out how to do it.

When it was finished, we took it outside on dark nights to gaze up at the stars, the planets, and the moon. The moon’s craters were beautifully shadowed against the bright reflective moon light.

My imagination went wild, thinking of other worlds in the universe. If I could just reach out there … touch them.

Visions filled me with wonder as I fell asleep.

I dreamt I was the moon.

And the truth was revealed. The moon was not made of cheese. I know that now.

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word count 144

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

20 responses »

    • Thanks so much, Sarah! It was a fun challenge to write. It was more truth than fiction, though, as my dad did build his own telescope.
      Thanks for hosting dVerse! 🙂

  1. Your ending gave me goosebumps, Barbara. Such a beautiful memory to share with you and your dad. And I want to know what the moon is made of also! 😉

    • Thanks so much, Li! Glad you liked this. It was a good prompt seeing how it is the anniversary time of the moon landing in the news. At one time they had a display in our planetarium of some of the actual moon rocks that were brought back. Fascinating to see them. 🙂

  2. I’m so glad this is true and I hope you had wonderful times sharing the night sky with your dad!

  3. I so enjoyed your prosery, Barbara, especially the details of the telescope; I love the thought of someone borrowing books from the library and building their own – it takes a very special kind of person to do that. I also like the fin detail of the moon’s craters being ‘beautifully shadowed against the bright reflective moon light’.

    • Thanks so much, Kim!
      So many times I’d be in the kitchen doing my homework while my dad was there polishing and grinding the glass piece that went inside the telescope. I loved looking at the moon up close like that. 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Misky! This was a great prompt line to use, and brought back lots of good memories for me. I do like having a certain word count to try for. 🙂

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