Going Prosey

It’s Prosery Monday at the d’Verse Poets Pub and Merril chose a line from Gwendolyn Brooks poem An Aspect of Love, Alive in the Ice and Fire:

We go
in different directions
down the imperturbable street.

The challenge is to write a flash fiction piece of exactly 144 words incorporating the above lines…

Jacob Lawrence Virginia Interior

Jacob Lawrence, “Virginia Interior.” © 2017 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.ption

Street Smarts.

We go in different directions down the imperturbable street. The street that doesn’t care, will never care about our souls- having none of its own to mind.  Is the street dangerous?  Oh yeah, especially lethal if you start to care what a street might think – if street thinks.  But you will never know, until the blade between your ribs hits an artery, or a voice in your head starts dictating how you should or should not make love, with who and where.

Shopfronts don’t tell, though a twitching curtain on the fourth floor might drop a hint.  You wouldn’t dare play poker with this street.  It’ll call your bluff.  Best walk briskly from that rendezvous, geniality written across your face, but not that give-away grin that tells the world you got something they didn’t.  Always, look straight ahead and don’t catch anyone’s eye.

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10 Responses to Going Prosey

  1. Mean Streets in prose. Love this!

  2. memadtwo says:

    Sounds like a mean street. (K)

  3. merrildsmith says:

    A very creative take on the prompt. I think this would be so good as a spoken word performance. That street sounds lethal and aware of how dangerous it is.
    I like the image, too.

  4. Beverly Crawford says:

    Best to avoid the street where you can look no one in the eye!

  5. Beverly Crawford says:

    Best avoid anywhere one cannot make eye contact. Such ann isolated journey!

  6. kim881 says:

    I like the image you found, Christine, which goes so well with your piece, and it’s a surprise that the prompt line leads into onto a dangerous street. That’s good advice. to ‘look straight ahead and don’t catch anyone’s eye’.

  7. msjadeli says:

    anthropomorphizing the path is a creative take on this, Christine. Cool title as well.

  8. Dale says:

    Sounds like only the wild and confident and willing to chance-it should go out there!

  9. Frank Hubeny says:

    It’s a street in which one doesn’t catch another’s eye. Nice description.

  10. poetrybydebi says:

    You wouldn’t dare play poker with this street. It’ll call your bluff. ………. Love that

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