This prompt is probably the shortest of all I’ve ever provided for you. The reading is simply Rumi’s poem, “The Guest House,” which I’d like you to use as a template for your work this round.
Imagine you are in the house. A knock at the door startles you. When you open the door you are met with another You.
You, with a story of joy. Write me that joyous story.
At the next knock you greet another You.
You, with a story of meanness, a momentary awareness of your own meanness. Tell me that story.
Get the idea? If you would like, keep them all happy buoyant guests. Or toggle between the happiest and the saddest. Or stick with just one.
Maybe even paint me an imaginary scene of you having a dialogue, hearing these stories directly from the You who knocked. Let me see you invite them in and take a seat. Maybe even have them talk with one another, an external internal dialogue of the many facets of “this being human.”
So tell me, who came knocking???
Hey there! Over the years, I've assembled these prompts, readings, and articles for my students and writing group members. Feel free to use these in your own work or share them in your writing groups. I would love to read your responses to these, please leave a comment!