Prompt 12, Hour 12

This prompt has steps, and you have to do them in order. Don’t look ahead to the next step before completing the previous one.

1. Grab a book off a shelf at random.

2. Read the first line of the book and the last line of the book.

3. Pick one of them.

4. You have to use every single word in this line in a poem. Those words can be used at any point in the poem.



4 thoughts on “Prompt 12, Hour 12

  1. For Prompt 12, my line is “It’s rare that a story begins at the beginning.” (and I’m not sure I did it totally right, but…this was kinda fun and silly)

    Martini Splash
    By Sandy Lender

    Amid the laughter and clanking of glasses
    Over the jazz, but under the radar of my BFF,
    Aqua Velva touches my arm like he knows me.
    Just my luck,
    Mr. Touchy is one of those rare gents who thinks the words
    “no, thank you”
    mean “at least buy me a drink.”
    Like I’m gonna take a drink from a stranger.
    A drink that has a darker color than his own.
    Stay six feet back, buddy,
    Or I’ll drop this mask and sneeze directly on you.
    (And your martini-of-questionable-hue.)
    The over-cologner says “that’s not a nice beginning to our story.”
    I tell him it’s how “our” story begins, middles, and ends.
    Saved by my BFF’s return,
    Mr. Touchy preps to turn away,
    But I can’t (with good conscience) let him take his suspect cocktail into the buzzing crowd.
    Oopsadaisy! My mistake!
    Well, that’ll just cover that 1970’s aftershave, won’t it?

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