Pull up a chair as we serve up your favourite beverage and ponder these quotes for a minute.
A new species is arriving on the planet. It is arising now, and you are it!
“A New Earth – Eckhart Tolle
Life truly begins after you have put your house in
“The Life Changing Habit Of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo
She shuts her eyes. Drifts off untroubled, everything clear, and radiant, and all at once.”
“And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
That’s how we’re meant to move through world–seamless and attached, buoyed and cresting on the same current. If I flew out today, we would arrive home at the same time.”
“In The Field – A Novel – Claire Tacon
What do they all have in common?
Nothing!! Well not obviously.
They are ALL the last lines of books, randomly chosen from those nearest to where I am sitting. Sadly, I have not actually read them all but I did get as far as dusting them off. Aww yes, this is not a deep or complicated one today, but instead let’s just have a little fun. You have 3 options for this poetic prompt.
#1. Choose a book that is physically close to you right now. Ok, it might not be the first one within reach. I will never know. Turn to the LAST page. Read the last one or two lines. Let these words stir your poetic soul and write a poem. Grab your cookbook, encyclopedia (if you still own one), novel, poetry book, biography, magazine, instruction manual, whatever your heart desires.
#2. Choose one of the quotes from above….you know, from those books I still haven’t read yet!
#3. Choose one of these closing lines from an assortment of best sellers. Links for more can be found below.
“He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.”
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
“Are there any questions?”
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
“I went on my way. A stormy wind rattled the scrap-iron in the ruins, whistling and howling through the charred cavities of the windows. Twilight came on. Snow fell from the darkening, leaden sky.”
The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945, Wladyslaw Szpilman
“And then we continued blissfully into this small but perfect piece of our forever.”
Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer
These and others that may inspire can be found here:
Please include the quote, book and author in your response. It may be a great share. You can incorporate the lines (quoted) directly into your poem but that’s up to you. Many of these lines could take you on a path of prose. A haibun might be more suitable, but you can also think outside of the box, taking these “last lines” to a completely new, unrelated topic, using any style of poetry you wish.
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem inspired by the last lines of any book and post it to your blog or website.
- Provide a link to dVerse so others can find our virtual pub.
- Drop in to say hello!
- Read and comment on the other poems.
- Have fun!
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Good evening Mish and dVerse poets wherever you are. Thank you, Mish, for such a great prompt. I have my copy of Morning Glory on the Vine beside me on my desk so that I can look at it whenever I want to. It’s a must for all Joni fans.
Hi Kim! Will be on the trail soon. Sounds like a beautiful book, even if you’re not a die hard fan. 🙂
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Hello Mish and All. I know the author I want to use now to see which last line to use.
A shot of Bailey’s please, so I can pour it into my coffee 🙂
As always, my service is slow (just getting home from work), but here you go, one shot coming up. Cheers!
Thanks Mish! Cheers!
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Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
This was not easy… but I thought about sequel, and used some Dicken’s today again.
Looking forward to the read, Bjorn. 🙂
I genuinely used the first book I picked up. I hadn’t really thought about last lines before, but they are so important. i like to sigh as I close a book.
Well Sarah, kudos to you for being so compliant to option#1 of the prompt…hehe. 🙂 Serving you up a beverage… no charge. Can’t wait to read. On the trail soon.
What an excellent prompt!
Thank you, Shawna. Welcome 🙂
I’m so busy with kid stuff right now. Our nights are slammed! Otherwise, I’d totally write for you. I sure will try, if I find some time. I promised De a quadrille already. 🙂
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Frank Hubeny said:
Thanks for hosting, Mish! This seems like a good technique to help one come up with an idea for a poem.
Hello Frank…I wasn’t sure how it would go after reading many closing lines that clearly would be difficult to inspire a poem, ex: those that name someone in them, but maybe part of the challenge was to find them. 🙂
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Love this prompt! Drive-by poeming for now, and back off to work, but will catch up later. Thanks, Mish, for the inspiration!
PS: I took this one step further, and wrote a Golden Shovel, which is a form that’s all about last lines. 😉 Thanks again for the awesome prompting today, Mish.
Wow, De…thanks for your enthusiasm. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂
Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Hello Everyone! Graeat prompt Mish. Going to work on something…
Hi Linda…looking forward to it. 🙂
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I guess I went with free verse as my muse just pondered. Interesting prompt.
Na'ama Yehuda said:
Hi Mish, a little late with work only having wrapped up for the evening not too long ago, but this was such an interesting one to take on!
So I reached for a book I’d read a little while ago and had pulled out just this morning when a friend asked if I had something worth her time. And there it was, by my elbow. Now with quoted last lines … 🙂
Left the link with Mr. Linky, but here it is just in case.
This is such a fun prompt, and hopefully I can find some time to write something this afternoon after I get some work done. 🙂
Hi Merril 🙂 Hope you get that break!
Wow, reading that last line of The Handmaid’s Tale out of context like that is absolutely chilling! I’m late to the party here, not sure when the linky closes but I’ll do my best! Good prompt!
Hi Xan…it is open until tomorrow afternoon. Hope you can join in. 🙂
Thank you for Last Lines Mish, a delightful invitation.
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Linda Lee Lyberg said:
Just added mine! This is such a useful tool going forward Mish- thank you!
Aww thanks Linda. 🙂
Woman walking Max said:
Thanks what a great invitation – couldn’t resist ! Think I’ve missed the link, so put mine here.
You can still link it up. The prompt is open until tomorrow afternoon.
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This sounded way more easy than it was. Went trough most of the bookshelf for inspiration. In the end I went with the last line of Frankenstein that suited another piece I was working on.
Hi RedCat….sorry it took you on such a search, but I’m glad you joined in. 🙂
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Jedediah Smith said:
Great prompt! Really a good way to get outside of yourself. I found myself writing in a voice very unusual for me.
Thanks Jedediah…so glad the prompt spoke to you…hmm…and that you replied in a new voice. Love it when that happens! 🙂
Best prompt I have read for a while. Well done !
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