NYWC Prompt-A-Day: The End of a Sure Beginning

April is National Poetry Month, and to help you dig into NaPoWriMo (or whatever poem-a-day challenge you’ve taken on), NYWC brings you Prompt-a-Day. All month long we’ll feature the writing prompts that really get us going — morsels of inspiration from staff members, workshop leaders and participants, and even from some of our favorite poets and writers. So good luck, dear poets — and remember to check back tomorrow for another one!

In her poem, Passing Time, American author and poet, Maya Angelou writes about the passage of time through intervals of beginnings and endings. But of course like any great poem, it can be interpreted in numerous ways. Angelou’s poem reads:

“Your skin like dawn

Mine like musk

One paints the beginning

of a certain end.

The other, the end of a

sure beginning.”

For today’s writing prompt, use Angelou’s poem as inspiration to write about beginnings and endings. Is the end of something really the end or just a new beginning?

A plane flies toward a beautiful sunset above the Abendstimmung sea. (User, Pixabay)