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Letter: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 24

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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