Bye Bye Bones

Jan 20, 2021 | dVerse | 7 comments

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.


  1. Dora

    I like this new year’s resolution. 🙂 It’s the best way to deal with most of the old wounds we carry around, let them heal in the light. Blessings, Kirsten.

    • thehermitcreative

      I agree, Dora! If we don’t let them heal they become greater burdens as time passes. Blessings to you as well.

  2. calmkate

    this is really delightful, a charming philosophy!

    “No longer will my emotions be dictated by wounds inflicted years ago.” really resonates

    • thehermitcreative

      Thank you so much. This was my first dVerse prompt so I wasn’t sure what to write, but this was fun!

      • calmkate

        if you enjoy it then we will also, that rings true through our writing! So glad you are joining us 🙂

      • thehermitcreative

        Thank you! I look forward to other prompts on dVerse.

      • calmkate

        three a week and they cover an extensive range while being a very supportive community

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