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Proof: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response Week 11

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


This week's theme offers us a chance to truly think outside of the box. Once again, I returned to my notes and I quickly combined two sets of lines. The result left me breathless. Is this a poem a reflection of proof that we should follow our dreams and ambitions despite great risk or is it a cautionary tale to heed the advice of loved ones and choose safety? It could honestly go either way. It's up to each individual reader and his or her interpretation. I think that's the true beauty of poetry, and any piece of creative writing. The author may or may not have a specific intention or meaning, but how the reader interprets the piece could be wildly different.

I had a host of thoughts concerning this introduction before I sat down to write them all out, but now that I'm here, they don't seem as important. So, I'll get right to the poem. As always, thank you Brenda! I truly appreciate these prompts!



Work hard.

Work harder.

But the climb to the top

is riddled with hands

fighting for the chance

to push you off

or pull you back down.

The odds stack against you.

All of those dreams

waiting down the road

leading away

from everywhere I knew best,

just within reach

beckoning me forth.

Well I took the bait,

climbed in the car

without a single glance back.

But the sun disappeared

rain poured from the darkened sky

and the road bent into a sharp curve.


© 2021 Alyssa

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