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Prompt #34, Last Line as First Line

December 23, 2010


prompt by Nicole Nicholson

Last Line as First Line

And the last shall be first…

This prompt was actually inspired by a comment to me from Neil Reid about one of my poems, Miriam. He wondered what would happen if the last line of that poem had been the “first line” and where might the poem move from there.

So….as you can imagine, this gave me an idea. Many times, I try to craft my poems with a memorable last line (or two lines). But what if the last became the first line? This might change how the entire poem comes out…or this could give birth to an entirely new poem.

This week, the choice is up to you. (Isn’t it always?) Take the last line of one of your previous poems, a last line you really adore – something that sparkles, or feels like anvils on your eyes and tongue, or something that makes you swoon – and write a new poem about it. It could be a new version of the same poem it came from, or an entirely new poem from the same line.

Thanks for this prompt Nicole! (loved the description in the last paragraph!) [ed.]

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  1. December 23, 2010 7:36 am

    What a very interesting idea! I loved it, to revisit an older poem, and make it live again today! Thanks

  2. December 23, 2010 7:41 am

    There was too much stuff on my address for my website?

  3. December 24, 2010 11:54 am

    good idea

  4. Rinkly Rimes permalink
    December 29, 2010 10:11 am

    Really enjoyed doing this though I had trouble finding an interesting ‘last line’. Great idea!

  5. January 21, 2011 2:37 am

    Although somewhat late, I really enjoyed doing it. Here I put a link to the post, just in case 😉


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