It’s Prosery Monday over at the dVerse Poets Pub. This week, our prompt comes from a Yeats poem, The Song of the Wandering Aengus: I went out to the hazel wood,
Because a fire was in my head’.
144 words.

It was a day like any other. Nothing special or noteworthy aside from it was the day you left. I looked everywhere I thought you might be and eventually even places I knew you’d never go.

Were you kidnapped? Amnesia? Tired of me and wanted a new life? Perhaps you’d met someone new.

You should’ve said goodbye unless you didn’t know you were going.

Two days passed. I went out to the hazelwood because a fire was in my head; memories burning.

Remember when our love was new, we’d walk amongst the trees and talk about our future? Suddenly, I knew if you were anywhere, it was among the hazelwood. And there it was: the very tree in which you’d carved our initials.

A balmy breeze shimmered the leaves on the hazel branches and gently ruffled your hair as your lifeless body hung, swaying.

17 thoughts

  1. The dark ending caught me off guard, and the pain of the narrator’s discovery — that last descriptive touch of the wind “gently ruffled your hair” — is terribly sad. Wonderful prosery.

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  2. This is incredibly dark and resonant. Sometimes the decisions we make in life fail to coincide with those that fate has in store for us. I have learned that the hard way ❤️


  3. Oh, my goodness, Susan, you went dark with this one, and you kept your reader on tenterhooks until the tragic ending! I love the calmness of the narrator all the way through, which caused the hairs on my arms to stand on end when I read the final line, especially the way the balmy breeze gently ruffled the hair of the lifeless body.

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