d’Verse Prosery prompt for Valentine’s

it is a moon wrapped in brown paper (a line by a Valentine’s poem by Carol Ann Duffy)

… the man however who would be the love of her later life, she thought of as a boy – with herself as a girl of the same age, maybe 10 or 12. How to describe a platonic love, long-distance at that? When her heart bursts, she knows – not just his boyish charme, but him.

When they first met in their forties, they went for walks. She used to pick him up, ringing his bell. She can still hear his voice as he answered.

He would invariably wear his oldest grey suit or blazer: He dressed to show her he was not dressing up for her. However, she had no intention in any case to lure him from the life of a scholar or the priesthood. Nor would she give up her own life of mostly solitude. Their love – it was, it is – a moon wrapped in brown paper.


~ by Barbara S on February 14, 2022.

30 Responses to “d’Verse Prosery prompt for Valentine’s”

  1. This is like that kind of love that always exists under the surface… a love of dialogue and talking… great use of the line as a metaphor.

  2. Beautiful prose about love on Valentines Day. I knew at least one person would find it in their heart to write such prosery.

  3. Love can be expressed in all sorts of ways. Lovely.

  4. That was a lovely, soft, intriguing tale, very nicely done…

  5. Really, really lovely.

  6. A lovely story.

  7. That’s a cool story. I like this older wiser love.

  8. Nice one!!!

    much love…

  9. I never tire of reading your reflections on this (kind of) relationship – I don’t think I’ve experienced anything like it myself.

  10. Wonderful writing, and Happy Valentines Day!

  11. So delightful, this love that is not meant to shine. I really enjoyed this one.

  12. Nicely done! I love the way you incorporated the line.

  13. This is such a beautiful, beautiful prose piece! πŸ’πŸ’

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