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prompt 176 The Doors of Perception

September 26, 2013

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.” – William Blake


We’re on the home stretch now! This is the last prompt in this series of four this month. Last week, we asked you to write a poem in which your character’s perception changed. For this last poem, we ask you to consider – and show — how this little story ends.

Thinking about William Blake’s quote above from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, the first thing we’ll ask you to do for this poem is to show what happens to your character because of his/her/its/their perception changing. Are your character’s “doors of perception” cleansed? Do those doors open? And this perception change — does it lead to an inner change in your character, and if so, is it for the better…or for the worse? Does your character have an epiphany and walk away from that experience with enlightenment, or a greater truth? Or…does your character walk away cynical, disillusioned, or…perhaps uncertain and confused? Maybe your character believes that he/she/it/they have learned more than what he/she/it/they knew before. Or…perhaps your character experiences little to no internal change at all (that is always a possibility)?

Furthermore, where does your character go in this poem? You could have he/she/it/they remain in the alternate universe. Or maybe your character goes back home? Might he/she/it/they go someplace else for another journey?

I must say I really enjoyed creating this series of prompts this month, and I’m honored to be part of the WWP prompting team. I wanted to make this fun, challenging, unusual, and maybe a bit enlightening. I hope you all had an awesome time writing your poems this month.


  1. September 27, 2013 7:49 am

    Red’s taken her existential crisis and moved on.

  2. September 27, 2013 12:51 pm

    The final leg of Data’s journey: The Soong Kachina


  3. September 27, 2013 9:55 pm

    Great quote as usual, Nicole. Mine’s here, inspired by Blake definitely.

  4. September 28, 2013 4:24 am

    Doors of perception fits in more ways than one…

    Summed up for the moment. I wonder if we will ever know how a cat purrs?

  5. September 29, 2013 1:41 pm

    I would say why a cat purrs is more important than how!

  6. September 30, 2013 5:24 pm

    Preparing to Depart – the last installment is now posted on

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