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Letter: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 24


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


Well hello stranger. I've taken a little time off lately. We had a wonderful staycation to ring in August, but we're back to routine. Summer, in the sense of carefree days, is quickly fading, replaced with lessons and required learning. Yes, school is back in session starting tomorrow. In all honesty, not too much changes, just how we spend the majority of our day.

I'm a little behind with the creative prompts and a dreary Sunday seems like a perfect opportunity to try to get words to flow. My process is pretty simple: have the prompts laid out, a caffeinated drink on hand, music floating around, and a blank note patiently waiting for thoughts.

Letter was the prompt I was able to fulfill this time around. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you for these themes Brenda!


An old movie reel

clicks on

in the back of my mind

stained and rusted

whizzing around

in a greenish blur

tainted trickery

Father Time

the lucky ones forget

but some connections

run too deep

importance ranked in emotion

pitch and timbre fade

cadence lingers

but everything substantial

has long turned to dust

when compartmentalization fails

there's just one saving grace

the torn envelope

holding the greatest treasure

a legacy of ink

the last tangible piece.

© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 16, 2021:

Thank you John!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 16, 2021:

Thank you Chitrangada!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 16, 2021:

Thank you so much Brenda!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 16, 2021:

Thank you so much Lora!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 15, 2021:

I love how your mind works, Alyssa. You manage to say so much more than most people without the need to waste words. This poem has so much depth. Our memories may fade over time, but something as simple as an old envelope and letter can bring them back crystal clear,

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on August 15, 2021:

It’s a beautiful response to the word prompt, Letter. I can relate to it—At times, when those precious ones are not around, it is so comforting to open those old letters, and feel their presence.

Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 15, 2021:


You are welcome.

I'm glad you enjoy these little word prompts.

This one definitely does the word Letter justice.

When our memories fade, there is nothing better than opening up that old envelope.

The words written are a legacy, one no one can replace.

A timeless treasure.

Fantastic writing!

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Lora Hollings on August 15, 2021:

This is a beautiful poem, Alyssa, with many shades of meaning. To me, it primarily it is about time and the memories from an old movie projector. You did a great job with this prompt!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Thank you so much Bill! Your feedback means a lot to me!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 15, 2021:

I'm going to disagree with Pamela; something I rarely do. This is not another good poem. It is an excellent poem. Generally, I don't enjoy reading poetry. I loved this!!!!!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 15, 2021:

Thank you so much Pamela!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 15, 2021:

This is another good poem, Alyssa. It is a good response to Brenda's prompt. I'm glad you had a little time on a dreary Sunday.

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