Scattered Steps: Prosery

Edward Hopper, “Automat,” 1927

“Tell me! What people?” I’m frantic, barely giving Marie a chance to reply.

Again, she warns, “it’s not safe here. Meet me at the old mill tomorrow at noon. You remember? Make sure you’re not followed now—or tomorrow.”

She practically pushes me out the door, murmuring nonsense about visiting Auntie soon, in case anyone is listening. She really is scared.

I don’t see anyone, but it’s getting dark. I gaze up at the stars, wishing I could walk in the street of the sky. Night walks scattering poems, I think. Here on earth, less pleasant things are scattered, like—oh no–as I feel the squish under my shoes and smell dog poop. It’s going to be one of those nights. I remind myself, I’ve had worse. I head to a café, order a bottle of wine, and pour the first glass.

A continuation of my spy series for Prosery on dVerse. Linda asked us to use this line by E.E. Cummings: “In the street of the sky night walks scattering poems.” I’ve continued this from where I left off in September.

47 thoughts on “Scattered Steps: Prosery

  1. Ah dog poop….this made me smile believe it or not…because I’ve used the same in my poem for tomorrow’s poetics. hmmmm….what is that phrase about minds thinking alike??? 🙂
    Enjoyed this one!

    • Thank you so much, David. That is such a lovely, heartfelt comment. I appreciate it.
      It’s true I have no idea what’s coming next, but in the moment of writing, I’m immersed in the story–there–if that makes sense.

  2. I must have missed so much of your spy series during my hiatus, Merril, and am delighted to read about your characters again – and you wove the prompt line in so expertly.

  3. I adore this series, unrelated, yet related in a spirit.
    The dog poo is a nice touch. It sets off a whole new intensity in the feel! 😵‍💫💩🥴
    First time I ever got to use the p-o-p emoji!

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