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Proof: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response Week 11


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


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on May 01, 2021:

Thank you Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 30, 2021:


This is an awesome poem.

Those dreams do beckon us and we take the bait without looking back.

We have the highest hopes as everything looks bright but then the sun disappears.

We never see it coming but our dreams get crushed and we are left standing out in the rain.

Alone with our tears.

Sometimes this does happen when we least expect it.

I will post a link in the article.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 30, 2021:

Thank you Bill! I always appreciate your feedback :) I hope you enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 30, 2021:

I read this last night, decided to wait until this morning to do so, fully expecting to have to search for it in the feed. Oddly, I didn't have to and it wasn't moved. I do not understand HP sometimes.

You took us on quite a ride with your poem, a ride I know well. I've been on that road many times. I'm still standing, which is a good sign, me thinks. :) As always, a quality write from you. Have a great weekend.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on April 29, 2021:

Thank you!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 29, 2021:

Excellent as always, Alyssa. Poetry often takes us places we never expected to go. Sometimes we just need to take that risk.

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