Short Writing Prompt- Title as First Line

I’ve been meaning to write a poem where the title functions also as the beginning line. Personally, titles are tricky for me to come up with. Other times, they smack you in the face in a burst of brilliant clarity. When I set out to do this as a writing exercise, I found that it was a lot more natural to just start writing and see where the poem ends up, then going back and figuring out what could function  as the title. Here’s my attempt:


The Worst Part


will be the mornings stretched

thin like skin

over hollow bones

something sunless


cotton wool inside the brain, white

despite the blood that drips

down the interior

of the esophagus


old habits die hard

and today,

they are so alive


If anyone tries this out, I’d love to read what you come up with!


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