Today’s prompt comes from dVerse. Here are the rules for the Prosery Prompt:
Write a story of 144 words or less (not including the title). The story must have a beginning and an end, and should not be poetry. Sounds easy enough right? Here’s the twist: You must use the poetry line I have given you within your story. You may alter the punctuation, but you must use the line in its entirety.
The poetry line is from Mary Oliver’s poem Spring Azures from her book Wild Geese.
Sometimes, the great bones of my life feel so heavy.
This year, I’ve decided to pull all my skeletons out of the closet. As I told my sister, “Sometimes, the great bones of my life feel so heavy.” I can no longer bear these secret burdens. The sheer weight of them is breaking my back.
The plan is that each day, I will pull out a bone and deal with the memories that have controlled my life for decades. I refuse to let a dead skeleton keep me under its boney thumb another moment. No longer will my emotions be dictated by wounds inflicted years ago.
As my momma liked to say, “A healed bone a day mends memories and takes the pain away.”
Until next time, blessings.