footsteps in the sienna.

footsteps in the sienna, the lemon glow; Paris cassocks into the green sea, I dreamed in the meronymy of faces I could not have known; I radiated from the appareled sun in black winters, tired of the tumuli, the red epistles with inkstones, the flowers of a death sentence, and a sun that settles over the seas of blood; the exoskeletons into death, to the dithyramb of these seas, and bare graves of white bones under a yellow rose; skin like a linen soon to the knucklebones of the moon. At my feet, effacement. Threadbares of trees, limb in limb, we leave rocks by the tomb, and we leave like apples snatched

from the lithology of a serpent at its breast; we’ve been alone now, knowing when it is over, said and done, it was a time and there was never enough of it.

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Written for the dVerse prompt: Write a piece of flash fiction or other prose of up to or exactly 144 words, including the given line:

“when it is over said and done, it was a time and there was never enough of it.”––Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, “A Time”

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51 replies

  1. Wow! Your words create such powerful images 💟

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  2. This is so filled with astounding images, though I’m not certain I completely understand it. But thank you for sharing your unique vision with us.

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  3. This is absolutely outstanding in terms of juxtaposition of images, Lucy! ❤️ I especially love; “I radiated from the appareled sun in black winters, tired of the tumuli, the red epistles with inkstones.”

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  4. Wow your images blow me away. Nice one
    Happy Monday


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  5. Your style is always challenging, but the pay-offs poetically are enormous.

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  6. Your Imagery is moving and thought provoking, and for some reason prompted me to associated your words with this stirring music/video clip….

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  7. You have such a colorful way of writing. Much of it keeps me guessing all the way through! Love the image of the sun setting on a sea of blood.

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  8. I love where you take us with your words as we hang on for dear life reading your directions to the end. Wow, I am breathless! Your writing is always an adventure ☺️💕

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  9. I read, I savoured, I read some comments and went back to read. Wow. Wonderful.

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  10. kaykuala

    Great lines Lucy! Many of your words are beyond me. It is not just creative writing at its best but an education for Hank. Have to look up their meanings. Certainly a wonderful write Lucy, Ma’am!


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  11. Time is an elastic concept. (K)

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  12. I have a feeling of walking under a blazing sun being lost in an existential web. Love it

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  13. What a beautiful stream of consciousness piece, Lucy, like a stained-glass image or a kaleidoscope of colours, and so delicate. I love the way you used ‘cassocks’ and ‘epistles’ as verbs to bring the religious aspect alive.

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  14. oh this is amazing! I read it twice and had to look up dithyramb, I love your take on the prompt very much 🙂

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  15. I haven’t got a clue what that was about, though I got serpents and apples, but it was certainly a wild ride 🙂

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  16. I googled a few of the words I was unfamiliar with, I love a good challenge ….. a really nice bit of prosery.

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  17. so so so good and profound. love the reflective moods about life. this line is genius: we leave like apples snatched

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  18. Very profound and well written.

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  19. I must say, Lucy, this drove me to my Funk and Wagnall! Most impressive.

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