From A Branch

Written for:  Poetic Bloomings2 #276
Opening Lines
Draw inspiration from the opening line of a book.  Ideally, opening lines should grab the reader’s attention and make them want to read the book. In our case, they will ideally spark a poem. You may choose to use the book line in your poem, as your title, or simply for inspiration. In any case, please quote the line, and cite the book title and author.

A ragged dress was hanging
from one branch of a rotting
pine tree. To the old
cotton-haired woman,
gnarled hands grasping
a chipped cup of tea,
the white dress danced
in the wind like a ghost.
Her cloudy blue eyes blinked
once, twice, in a effort
to see more clearly
which ghost it was
this time.

“A ragged dress was hanging
from one branch of a rotting
pine tree.” (Taken from,
“Knife” by Jo Nesbo)

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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