On Writing, Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt 9

This week’s writing prompt is to read a poem and allow it to inspire your own writing. Below is an excerpt from a poem by one of my favorite poets. Feel free to use it if you like.

[S]tanding alone
on the balcony, the night so cold I could taste the stars
on the tip of my tongue [...] I made a prayer [...]
words for the lost, the captive beautiful, 
the wives, those less fortunate than we.
The moon was a hand-mirror breathed on by a Queen.
My breath was a chiffon scarf for an elegant ghost.

— Carol Ann Duffy, from "Mrs. Beast" 

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