Nantucket Magic

Jane Montgomery sat on the wicker chair. What a wonderful day she’d had! The beginning of her summer retreat on Nantucket, away from hectic city life, publisher’s demands, her acrimonious divorce settlement. She chose this out-of-the-way cottage deliberately. Walking to the secluded beach this morning, was like salve on her bruised psyche.  

He was sitting on the sand, nuzzling his border collie, staring out at the waves. She tentatively stopped to say hello. Maybe it was the magic of this island, or the romance novels she’d read in her 20s about this place, but they ended up spending the day together. He was here for the summer too.

She picked up her journal, pen in hand, and thoughtfully began writing her first Nantucket entry. The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart, . . . She stopped, sipped her cold chardonnay, smiled, and continued writing.

Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. It’s Prosery Monday – a unique form of writing developed here at dVerse. Writers are given one line from a poem to include in a piece of prose exactly 144 words in length. The line must be used word for word, exactly as given. To be clear, we are not to write a poem. We are to write prose, generally flash fiction.

Today Mish is hosting and gives us the line “The seed of a poem lay dormant in my heart.” The line is from the poem Winged Words by Valsa George.

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

10 thoughts on “Nantucket Magic

  1. kim881 April 10, 2023 / 3:08 pm

    I do like a bit of magic, Lill, and I’ve always wanted to visit Nantucket, so I was immediately drawn to your flash fiction. And I have a wicker chair. And I’m partial to a happy ending!


  2. Mish April 10, 2023 / 3:31 pm

    Very nice! I like the description of “salve on her bruised psyche”. How original that is. I could see and feel that smile on her face….


  3. msjadeli April 10, 2023 / 3:33 pm

    I do like the magical atmosphere you’ve woven here, Lillian. What a perfect way to forget about worries.


  4. Gillena Cox April 10, 2023 / 5:34 pm

    Bravo! Nice one.



  5. Tricia Sankey April 10, 2023 / 10:00 pm

    Great details! You put me there with her on the magical island, pen in hand! 💗✒️💗


  6. Rob Kistner April 10, 2023 / 11:52 pm

    Hi Lil… Happy (______________) — fill in the blank with whatever you are celebrating this time of year. Nice writing my friend… 👍🏼🙂✌🏼🫶🏼


  7. sarahsouthwest April 11, 2023 / 2:32 am

    Ahhh, how lovely! We all need a little escape sometimes – lucky her!


  8. paul scribbles April 11, 2023 / 5:49 am

    A lovely beginning in prose but where it goes nobody knows 🤪 The writer in me senses many possible roads ahead and I like that in a beginning..


  9. merrildsmith April 15, 2023 / 6:22 am

    Lovely, Lillian. I saw this one like a movie in my head, and I felt almost like I was there.


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