11 October: Walk Away Now.

gloomy marsh water and bare trees monochrome.

Walk Away Now

And he said to her, “Death is quite romantic”…
Walk away, she told herself. Now. Just walk away.

They stood at the edge of the marsh, and she said, “Death is not romantic. It’s not effortless. It’s not a child who takes you by the hand. It’s not going softly into the night.” And she pointed, “There, sink your feet into it. Mud. Exiles of clay. Seep back into bareness. Back from where you once came. Back into a primordial slick. Feel its iciness cling. Forever. Rejoin your brothel of shadows, you who’s so enamoured with death. Romance a dynasty of bones stripped bare as winter’s birch.”

And then she turned and walked away without another word. A person like that was not good for her. Walk away. Now. Just walk away.

Prosery for dVerse poets. Include the phrase “To her, death is quite romantic”. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. Image is mine: Digital Art using AI.

12 responses to “11 October: Walk Away Now.”

  1. An amzing image and powerful story here, thanks for the post.

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    1. Thanks for reading it, and leaving your comment.


  2. I like the way you’ve incorporated the prompt line in your first sentence, Marilyn, repeated the ‘Walk away… at the end, and referred to Dylan Thomas. My favourite is the muddy bit, the ‘primordial slick’ and ‘Romance a dynasty of bones stripped bare as winter’s birch’.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it, Kim. Thanks for reading it.

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  3. I think she has a good way of describing the way death is different from the myths… wise to leave him.

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  4. Love it Misky 🙂


  5. Fabulous! She sounds like a strong character. Don’t walk away from her! 🙂

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  6. Unique way of adding the required line. An interesting story and this line was brilliant. “Romance a dynasty of bones stripped bare as winter’s birch.”

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  7. “Sink back into bareness” what a great line ❤️


    1. I went a bit crazy with alliteration, I think. 😂

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      1. Oh no Misky alliteration dream to me ❤️


  8. I’m grateful she was able to walk away. Stuff like that doesn’t take kindly to being rejected.

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