Let It Be Extravagant – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Meet Jane Kenyon

For this month’s prosery Victoria at dVerse has invited us to write our 144 words including the line “If it’s darkness we’re having, let it be extravagant’ from  Jane Kenyon’s poem ‘Taking down the tree.”


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“Night is a time of rigor, but also of mercy. There are truths which one can only see when it’s dark.”  Isaac Bashevis Singer


Let It Be Extravagant

As darkness dispels the day the city hums differently and thoughts turn from servitude to pleasure. The cemeteries quieten while night clubs howl, even louder on Fridays for a while. But darkness is only ever fleeting, even beyond the daylight night lights of the city centre, the edges of town are moonlit, starlit, ever so clear. Just so the inner, hidden selves of the working day come out so clearly at night. Under the cover of darkness we stop and play, and inhibitions have no hold or sway. Out of the sun or the office light, our true colours shine brightly, the real is about. Cavorting, carousing, and revelling we go, in darkness it’s safe to be us. And, if it’s darkness we’re having, let it be extravagant, for darkness is sharper than light. What is hidden in light is so clear at night.

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Paul, pvcann.com


Filed under life, prose, psychology, quote

29 responses to “Let It Be Extravagant – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Wonderful take on this prompt, Paul.

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  2. This is stunning descriptive writing and a great use of the prompt. I’d like to see it become a longer story, without the 144 word limit. You have a gift for writing prose.

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  3. I love your ending sentence.

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  4. Loved this. So captures the feeling of a city turning to night. And how darkness often shows us all those things people hide under the light of day.

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  5. This makes me want to go out and enjoy the city at night… but I’ve grown addicted to daylight… love it.

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  6. I love how you’ve made darkness into an extravagance, drawing appreciation to darkness instead of dread.

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  7. The same to me, Paul! The ending sequence is great. Michael

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  8. Well done! Love your last line… such an opposite of what we usually say. The darkness brings out who we really are… something to think about!

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  9. I wonder if you might use the same prompt to write about night in the country. Or perhaps night in the country isn’t extravagant at all.

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  10. lync56

    Thought provoking


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