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Carousel: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response, Week 26


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


Brenda has given us many wonderful prompts and week 26 was no exception. Lesson was the theme, inspiring a plethora of ideas. As always, I love to sit with the prompts and let them marinate. I enjoy exploring the darker aspects of life, there's something about the grittiness that piques my interest.

Per usual, a random idea popped in my head as I was going through my creative process and I ran with it. I'm pleased with the spin of this one and I hope you enjoy reading it.

Thank you Brenda!



A whirlwind of color

lights flash by

this carousel

never stops.

Flying on wild horses

let's go faster.

This freedom

is just too sweet

and I can't get enough.

Try the elephant,

he'll take you to new lands.

But oh, the tiger,

with stripes of ebony and faded orange,

will reveal secrets

hiding in plain sight.

If it's Heaven you're searching for,

hop in the swan's seat.

She's got the ticket

to cure all your pain.

A whirlwind of color,

flashing lights

Didn't you know?

This carousel never stops.


© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you so much Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 27, 2021:


Once again you have written a wonderful painting with your words.

This carousel of life moves quickly with so many choices tempting us to enjoy our freedom.

We can make a different choice every day.

There's no need to be satisfied with just one when we

can travel a different direction tomorrow.

Life doesn't stop giving you choices. It keeps moving every day.

This is a lesson of life.

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you Pamela!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you Umesh!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you Lora! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

I love this poem as you make the carousel seem alive with your descriptions fo color and animals. This is a very good response to Brenda's prompt. I like all the pictures too,

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on August 26, 2021:

Very enthralling composition.

Lora Hollings on August 26, 2021:

What a wonderful response to this prompt, Alyssa. I often feel that my life is a carousel and things happen that seem to suggest a random nature. But, your poem seems to suggest that if we don't like a certain path, we can try another and then get more control that way. What a creative response you've come up with and a very well crafted poem!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 26, 2021:

haha! Thanks Bill!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 26, 2021:

Thank you John!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 26, 2021:

That was a fun ride!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 26, 2021:

This is quite a unique response to the word prompt “lesson,” Alyssa. “Life is a Carousel” I think is the name of a song, but it truly is, and there are many lessons to be learned depending on the choices you make.

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