It is time for this month's Flash 55 Challenge. The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of your choice in precisely 55 WORDS.
|Beata Beatrix by Dante Gabriel Rossetti
(1864 - 1870)
You shall leave everything you love
most dearly. This is the arrow
that the bow of exile shoots first.
You are to know the bitter taste
of other’s bread, how salt it is, and how hard a path
it is for one who goes descending and ascending other’s stairs...
Modern Translation of Canto 17, Paradiso, Dante Alighieri
For a more traditional translation of the entire Canto 17, click HERE.
The optional extra for this Mini-Challenge is to draw inspiration from either the paintings of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, or the writings of Dante Alighieri.
This challenge is posted at noon on Saturday and remains open and featured until midnight on Monday, so please feel free to post your response at any time. I will read and comment on all links.