I thought it was a lovely work of microfiction. Tight, timely, and it only deepens with a re-read. Putting that much quality into six words is a lot harder than it looks.
The feature system is a farce. I have the ability to feature whatever I like, ten times a day, regardless of whether it already has been tagged as ‘prose’ or not. Regardless of whether it’s of any quality or meets any guidelines whatsoever. I could feature whatever I wanted, from whomever I wanted, and meet no consequences.
I tag things I agree with, thing I enjoy, things that make me laugh, things that move me, things that impress me, and random discoveries that I think other people ought to find. I tag poems sometimes, and news articles, and essays, and pop culture criticism, and pieces that aren’t even tagged ‘prose’ at all. My taste is very particular. I am not representative of the Tumblr writing community at all. I have no right to be a taste maker.
But it’s not like the prose tag is a publication credit in the Paris Review or something. It’s just a way of saying, “Hey. Tumblr gave me the ability to share what I like. I liked this. Look at it.”
Of course I’m going to use that ability. I like bringing attention to writing that I find merited. I think what I do is an overall boon, because it brings new eyes to new work. Sometimes those new eyes just roll. Oh well.
Well said Erika! I have the same attitude about being a Prose/Poetry/Lit editor. It is a farce; people take it too seriously!