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The Lady and Her Dog: Billybuc Photo Challenge Edition 5.2


Alyssa is an avid reader, writer, and coffee enthusiast. She loves sharing thoughts, ideas, and creative writings with the world.


The only rule is that there are no rules. For the final installment of Bill's photo challenge, I was inspired to write in the format I love most -- free verse poetry, or rather, a series of thoughts I tried to piece together in a coherent way. Bill's photos are treasures and I wanted to do them justice.

I hope you enjoy this short piece.

The Lady

The Lady

The Lady and Her Dog

She walks in shadows

The lady and her dog

Through the mountains

With their majestic snow-covered peaks

Piercing the charcoal clouds

Giving way for the slightest glow

Of a silvery crescent moon.

Forever seeking

The missing piece

Of her restless heart.

and Her Dog.

and Her Dog.

She walks in sunlight

The lady and her dog

Through the mysterious forest

Sunbeams slicing

This way and that

Dividing the thick, woody branches

Illuminating the unbeaten path

Wandering with a purpose

Over moss-covered rocks

What she's been seeking

Finally laid out before her.



She walks on

The lady and her dog

Just a few more steps

To grasp the hand

Waiting for her -

Whole once again.


The lady and her dog

Fade into the sunset

With him

Home at last.



© 2020 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on November 30, 2020:

Thank you so much Lora!

Lora Hollings on November 28, 2020:

Beautiful poem, Alyssa, that evokes vivid imagery and does such an excellent job at creating a story with these photos. I really enjoyed it.

Thank you.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on November 28, 2020:

Thank you Bill! Have a lovely weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on November 28, 2020:

Thank you John! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on November 28, 2020:

Thank you so much Pamela!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 28, 2020:

I love a happy ending. As always, thank you for taking part in the challenge. You have some serious writing talent which goes far beyond articles about yoga and fitness. I hope to see much more from you, in this vein, in 2021.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on November 28, 2020:

Lovely free verse poetry that fit the photos perfectly. Great job, Alyssa. Hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 28, 2020:

This is such a sweet, heart-warming poem. Happy endings are always nice. I really enjoyed this poem, Alyssa.

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