Use your imagination to write the opening of a short story or poem inspired by this illustration — or, tell us about a memory from your own life that this image makes you think of.

Don’t forget that you can use the image not just literally (that is, you don’t have to write about hands or butterflies), but as a metaphor. What does it say to you?

Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn how The Times used the image.

Want more Picture Prompts? Find them all in this column.

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