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Sunshine Burnt My Shoulder ~ a Poem

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Brenda's Week 15 Word Prompt: "Sunshine"

I love writing challenges and prompts and find they always seem to get the grey matter working and the inspiration flowing (well at least 99% of the time.) I actually struggled with this one and had almost reached the stage that I had decided to give it a miss. In the end, I just decided to start writing something even if it turned out a little nonsensical.

So, after some procrastination, and contemplation, this poem Sunshine Burnt My Shoulder is my response to "Word Prompts Help Creativity/Week 15: Sunshine" by Brenda Arledge.

"Word Prompts Help Creativity / Week 15 is an article I write each week.

I choose a single word prompt and hope it inspires us to be creative.

You can write whatever you want. It can be a poem, short story, song or any combination.

The only requirement is that you try to relax and have a bit of fun while writing.

— Brenda Arledge

Sunshine Burnt My Shoulder

There’s sunshine on my shoulder

As we sat atop the boulder,

And I stretched my arms to hold her,

Flowing hair so soft and golden.


I was starting to feel bolder

So, “I love you!” is what I told her.

Those words no longer smoulder,

But I don’t think that they sold her.


Her response was somewhat colder,

“This isn’t the cold shoulder,

But Frank you are much older.”

Her words just bowled me over.


From her bag, she pulled a folder

That was in a clipboard holder.

“Will you please sign this with-holder?”

I just stared towards the folder.


“Who cares if I am older?”

I replied with voice a’faulter.

I didn’t mean to scold her,

But I felt my feelings moulder.


No more did I enfold her,

Or feel I should console her.

With each second I felt older

As sunshine burnt my shoulder.

Image by manseok Kim from Pixabay

Image by manseok Kim from Pixabay

© 2021 John Hansen

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