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Writing Prompt #203 “Letters to Death”

Tomb of Wayfaring Souls

For today’s challenge I want you to write a letter to Death.

In your letter you can

Ask him any questions you want

Offer him feedback

Thank him for his service

Introduce yourself

Express your feelings whatever they may be

Curse him for the loss of a loved one

Ask him for a job


Take any approach you want to this serious, philosophical, or comedic.

Make sure to tag Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and Writing Prompt

Have Fun!

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Music: PJ Harvey, Radio Head, Fleetwood Mac, David Usher/Moist, Johnny Cash, Portishead, Damien Rice (basically I am a 90s kid I like alternative, grunge, Industrial and other types of metal, oldies, punk, rock etc.) Authors: Sylvia Plath, James Baldwin, Edmund White, Arthur Rimbaud, Jim Carrol, Jeff Noon, etc. Movies: A Clock Work Orange, Fight Club, House of Flying Daggers (I like a lot of cult movies, horror, comedy, drama, I don't like action and fantasy is terrifying lol) Philosophical Beliefs: Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism (before it changed under Nationalism), The Transcendent Order Favorite Video Game: Planescape Torment What I do: read, write, yoga, pilates, weight-lift, walk, study philosophy and psychology, dance like a crazy person, paint, dream etc. Qualities: stubborn, sarcastic, teasing, playful, open, flirtatious, eccentric, passionate, forgetful, open-minded.

32 comments on “Writing Prompt #203 “Letters to Death”

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  6. Sal Buttaci
    April 16, 2017


    How many brown- and blue-eyed boys & girls
    rode this life like stallions on steroids,
    convinced they’d sit forever in the saddle
    rounding up dreams, corralling false hopes,
    wearing blinders like their wild horses?

    Poets have made the matter quite clear:
    Nothing stays forever. We all meet you, Mr. Death.
    We all stand at the watering hole,
    our heads abuzz with plans for the day
    that you will change with the tap of your claw.

    Mr. Death, no use asking for more time.
    You have appointments to keep, hearts to stop,
    eyes to shut without promise of a blink.
    Life’s been good and life’s been bad.
    Dismounting, I will go quietly with you.


    • mindlovemisery
      April 17, 2017

      First thank you so much for joining us Sal! I love your choice of wording and your analogies brilliantly done!

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  8. Stephanie Colpron
    April 16, 2017

    Fascinating what people have come up with. Loved reading 🙂

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  11. Henrietta Watson
    April 17, 2017

    Reblogged this on All About Writing and more.

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  14. Lorraine
    April 17, 2017

    Used a story fragment, detached and shuffled from a longer mind piece I’d been back playing with serendipitously just before this very intriguing prompt. I’m looking forward to reading the other submissions.
    Fascinating idea.

    • mindlovemisery
      April 18, 2017

      Thanks I am glad you liked it! I have really enjoyed reading the responses, including your wonderful entry (loved the concept behind your story)

      • Lorraine
        April 18, 2017

        The responses have been very diverse and entertaining. A great idea for a prompt.

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  16. 40levenreasons
    April 25, 2017

    Not sure I’m doing the ‘pingback’ correctly ? :/


    • mindlovemisery
      April 25, 2017

      I am having trouble finding your entry

      What we are looking for is a link to the piece you want to submit. To get that link you just need to click on the title of your submission and copy/paste the link in its entirety. For example you have an article called “Is 50 Too Late to Start Again.” If that is the piece you wanted to share you would copy this link and paste it into Mr Linky (click on Mr Linky and you will see what I mean) or into the comments section (this allows others to find your entry more easily)


      To pingback you need to link my post with the post you wish to submit.

      In this case you would include this link somewhere in the post you want to submit


      I hope that makes sense

      • 40levenreasons
        April 26, 2017

        I’m confused. I clicked on the link included in my comment above and it took me directly to my ‘Dear Death’ post. I am obviously doing something wrong :/

      • mindlovemisery
        April 26, 2017

        Can you try sending me the link again? Maybe I messed up

      • mindlovemisery
        April 27, 2017

        I didn’t see a place to leave comments so I wasn’t sure if you wanted feedback. A very emotional piece, left me in tears. Sending you love and light

      • 40levenreasons
        April 27, 2017

        Thank you….not sure how to do a comments thing? I thought they just happened automatically…..still new to all this x

      • mindlovemisery
        April 27, 2017

        I think there is setting somewhere that allows you to enable comments unfortunately I am completely hopeless with computers!

      • 40levenreasons
        April 27, 2017

        Thank you for your feedback…..it gave me reason to look into the comments option. I think I have fixed it, so thank you.
        Thank you also, for your writing prompt. I had just received news of a tragedy within our family. At the time we were still praying for a miracle recovery. It was during the 9 hour trip to be with family that your prompt notification popped up on my phone…..quite unexpectedly as we were in an area where phone reception is very poor, if not non existent. I was upset about the circumstances surrounding my journey and bloody angry at the world for what had happened. Your prompt popped up and I began to write. Writing, crying, writing, more crying……the words flowed easily as I found it was indeed Death I was angry at. It made it easier to be angry. I didn’t want to be angry at the universe in general as I have far too much to be grateful for. Being angry at Death instead, justified my wrath. The words flowed easily because I had been bottling the frustration up.
        This gave me the opportunity to vent. Our prayers, unfortunately, were not answered. 💔

      • mindlovemisery
        April 27, 2017

        I am so sorry to hear about your loss. You really conveyed your emotions in the poem, I was deeply effected by it and knew immediately that it was a nonfictional work, your just can’t imitate that depth of emotion. Writing has helped me through some difficult times, if I didn’t write I’d go insane I am sure of it. I am glad that this prompt allowed you an outlet for expression.

      • 40levenreasons
        April 27, 2017


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