Prompt #83 All Good Things
All Good Things
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Of a personal note, I just received word late this evening of a death in the family. (You’ll pardon please the slight lateness of this prompt.) I had just some earlier chosen the following prompt, but now it becomes all the more appropriate. (And while by “family” I don’t mean blood relations, it is family in the greater sense, blood to some whose well-being is much connected to me.) That said, here is our fine prompt provided by Nicole Nicholson this week. ~neil
Says Nicole, we experience so many beginnings in our lives… and so many endings. Recently, we’ve learned about the death of Steve Jobs and the breakup of R.E.M., to name a few. Both of these have affected many people across the world, with reactions including sorrow and outpouring of thanks for their contributions. And on a more personal level, good things also end: a job we leave to move on to other things, the loss of a loved one, a son or daughter graduating and moving away…
So, how do we handle these endings? I propose for this prompt that you write about an ending – either personal in your own life or a wider cultural event. However, don’t just stop there – look beyond your event into the future toward another beginning. How might your ending pave the way to something new? What develops in the absence of the place, thing, or life that ended? Answer these questions in your poem, in your style, in your idiom.
Thank you Nicole. You may read her initial poem here.
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