Q is for…


My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.


Yes, Queen maybe a bit of a stretch to work my letter Q into the mix but, hey, that is how she is addressed properly and how this was billed in the book where I found it, She Walks In Beauty.  The book is a quite lovely collection of poetry compiled by Caroline Kennedy and well worth checking out. It is filled with great poetry and is subtitled “A Woman’s Journey Through Poems”. Having developed a new love for poetry over the last year, I love the idea of the journey. 😀

How vividly beautiful and heartbreaking is this snip? You don’t have to be royalty to relate to feeling required to turn away from some part of yourself that for whatever reason you feel you cannot fully be. The picture of someone who has a calm face on the outside but is ripped apart inside is compelling, though of course also especially tragic. 

The last words feel so powerful, “since from myself another self I turned.” What a difficult fate to turn away from who she feels she truly is because another self is required. 

As a writing prompt this could be used to explore ideas of self, of duty, of love, and of loss. I will hold onto this one for something later on, I am sure I’ll find use for it. Just a note also, this comes from “On Monsieur’s Departure” and the full poem is lovely and heartbreaking.