I had a book

The dverse prompt fell in stony ground for me, but I did take one word from it, book and put it into a small poem. If you’re interested in joining in, the link is here. Georges de La Tour provided the painting.

I had a book

I had a book, a candle bright,
a tabby cat lay by the hearth.
The candle light, the firelight,
enough to see the running words,
the sleeping cat, and as you turn,
the soft look in your deep, deep eyes.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

24 thoughts on “I had a book”

      1. Ha! That is cheating 🙂 To be honest, I don’t understand the idea of this prompt. Why not take a word or a line from a film or a novel as the prompt for a flash fiction? Poetry isn’t prose and it always sticks out as poetry. My opinion, but I’d be interested to hear what other people think.

      2. I agree…it’s especially awkward to have to use the poetry exactly as is without any changes. It would be better as inspiration, without having to use it in the text at all.

      3. Yes, to my mind, a prompt is a prompt, not an imposition. A line of poetry belongs to somebody else. It came out of their head, their creation as a line of poetry. It’s unique. Lift it verbatim and stick it in a piece of prose written by somebody else and it sticks out like a sore thumb.

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