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Today: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response Week 12


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


Well hello there. Isn't it funny how we plan and plan, yet life presents us with unexpected challenges? Aside from working on other writings, wrapping up May obligations and such, I've been dealing with a bit of back pain. I don't know what happened, but I woke up Monday feeling like I'd been hit by a Mack truck. In true Alyssa style, I powered through it, relying on my tried and true methods to carry me through my daily tasks. We recently bought a tent and my family was set on camping out. I'm proud to report that I did, in fact, assemble that tent, my first time ever doing so I might add. It took everything out of me though. Yesterday I spent a good majority of my time taking breaks, laying on the floor to do my movements with tears streaming down my face. That's not like me at all. But today I woke up with a different mindset, more like myself. I was tired of my moping and sought out the root of my problem, a muscle tightness issue. Go figure. As of this evening, I'm back to 50%. I'm feeling better and more optimistic. I was even dancing around while doing my chores.

Anyway, while doing the dishes I set my mind on finishing this poem, and that's exactly what I did. Stay tuned because I have something special in mind for the following two prompts. I should have that up in a couple of days.

As always, a big thank you to Brenda for these prompts. I love having a theme when I'm working on my creative writing.



Who could conceive

The Truth of what lays beyond?

The future is now

Heaven is Earth

and the evil surrounding us

is the Hell we create.

But Paradise can be found

here in the moments

where you least expect them:

A vibrant sunrise;

That first sip of savory, caffeinated goodness;

Unexpected kindness;

Smiles shared between strangers.

All and more

is ours to give,

ours to take.

Beyond the Dogma,

Past preconceived notions

of differences.

For at our core,

in our hearts,

are we not the same?


© 2021 Alyssa


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

Thank you so much Vidya!

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

Thank you so much Bill!

I'm taking it one day at a time, focusing on strength and taking as many breaks as my body needs. I sure hope the same thing! :)

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 27, 2021:

Beautiful poem, so much depth in those lines. I especially liked this part

'For at our core,

in our hearts,

are we not the same?

Wishing you a speedy recovery from your back pain. Take care.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 27, 2021:

To borrow from Monty Python, who are you who are so talented in the ways of poetry? lol

Wonderful poem, adding to the Alyssa legacy. I hope that back problem of yours recovers quickly and does not return.

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

No it is not haha! Thank you for your kind words John. :)

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

Thank you Pamela! :)

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on May 27, 2021:

An excellent and intelligent poem in response to the prompt. Sorry to hear about your back, I can relate as I have put mine out a few times and it is not fun.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 27, 2021:

I enjoyed your poem as a good response to Brenda's prompt. I am sorry about you back pain. I have terrible back pain off and on, so I know what you are going through. I wish you the best health. Take care!

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

That's okay, no worries. I appreciate your kind words :)

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

Thank you so much Brenda! :)

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

Thank you Umesh.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 26, 2021:


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Great work for the word prompt today.

I can't wait to see what you come up with for the others.

Feel better soon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 26, 2021:


So sorry you are having back pain. I can picture you striving through to make the best of it.

I hope you feel better soon.

Thanks for taking up this word prompt while you are feeling so bad.

I look forward to whatever you have in mind for those prompts.

Your work always gets us to thinking.

I see your idea that heaven is here on earth and that hell is created bu ourselves.

But you are absolutely right that we can find paradise when we least expect it.

We definitely can find it between the kindness shared with a stranger, or even a vibrant sunset.

I guess that is finding the sunshine within our life.

Great poetry.

I will post a link in the word prompt article m

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

Well expressed. Nice.

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