Dungeon Prompts: Mortality and the Human Psyche


This week’s prompt is:  Mortality and the Human Psyche

“All things that we ordained festival,
Turn from their office to black funeral;
Our instruments to melancholy bells,
Our wedding cheer to a sad burial feast,
Our solemn hymns to sullen dirges change,
Our bridal flowers serve for a buried corse,
And all things change them to the contrary.”

– William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet

It’s no secret that if we are born we must die but we don’t live with that inevitability in mind.  Rather, we tend to act and think as if we are going to live forever.  Whether we believe in an afterlife or not, the facts remain the same, we are all fragile creatures that could meet our end at any moment.  This knowledge doesn’t seem to make our love any stronger, our time any more precious, or our willingness to help others any more available.  Why is that?

Suggested Prompts:

*If you found out that you had only 5 minutes left to live, would you be at peace with your life, or would you worry over some unfinished business?  Would you be full of regrets or would you be able to accept that the end is just around the corner for us all?  Share your feelings on mortality.

*Write a short story, poem, or share a picture or song that represents mortality to you.

*Any inspired offering that somehow relates to mortality and the human psyche

Dungeon Prompts are meant to open up the abandoned rooms inside ourselves and dust them off a bit.  Explore the recesses of your mind and get back with a poem, story, essay or creative offering.  Link your post to this specific prompt page and I’ll share your link back with our readers.

To participate, all you’ll need to do is:

1.            Tag your post with: “DungeonPrompts”

2.            Link back to this page in the body of your post *

3.            Dive deep within and give us a glimpse of your soul!**


*note: If the pingback doesn’t work, then please leave the link to your post in the comment section.

**If you don’t have a blog please feel free to join the discussion in the comment section.

This week’s contributors are:

Dungeon Prompts – Let There Be Peace on Earth

The Other Side – SplitSpeak

When I Go To Die – The Arkside of Thought

Mortal Lacuna – 5 Degrees of Inspiration

Let Him Be – The Story of an Ordinary Girl

Huitain: Do Not Untimely Mourne – Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library

Mortality and the Human Psyche – Liars, Hypocrites, and the Development of Human Emotion

Morrow’s End – Shainbird

Mortality – Contemplating Me

Carelessness Follows Closely – The Seeker’s Dungeon

I’ll Tell Her Tonight – Traces of the Soul

Why Wait? – Traces of the Soul

5 Minutes ’til Showtime – Traces of the Soul

Death’s Masks – Marsnplato

What Does Mortality Really Mean? – Thirty, Start, Go

Encroaching Darkness – Dragon in the Night Sky Blog

Defined by the Darkness – The Seeker’s Dungeon

This Year I Will – MarthaOstout


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About the author

I am a King without a Kingdom, in a world with many masters, wrapped in the spoils of a jealous heart, and my people’s callous laughter.


  1. Reblogged this on wdbwp and commented:
    Saw a reblog from Bastet and had to check it out. Look at this: Dungeon Prompts brought by Sreejit of the Seeker’s Dungeon. I might have to try this one out.

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