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Sunshine: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 15

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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. Once again, I'm fashionably late for the word prompt. I think it's time I just accept that this is who I am now. After all, creativity mustn't be rushed. Sunshine is a theme I've been pondering for a few years, inspired by the indifference of a star. Many of us enjoy the feeling of sunshine, but we all know that certain precautions must be taken. I'm fascinated with the idea that this seemingly benign ball of light in the sky has a much crueler, darker side. Surprise, surprise right? On a side note, I've also pondered poison ivy and the lessons we could learn from such a persistent plant. I actually had several lines written out and then a few months later deleted the note. I'll need to return to that idea sometime in the future, I think.

Originally I set out to write three, but that quickly turned into four different pieces. I wanted to turn it into five, but after much consideration, I decided it's time to just let it be. One theme down, two more to go. I'm getting ready for my evening chores, so you know I'll be keeping those prompts in the back of my mind.

As always, thank you Brenda for providing us with these weekly themes. I appreciate the creative exercises!


The promise of Eden

in every beam

shining down

with warmth and life;

Miracle to behold.

A beautiful illusion

blanketing us

in comfort and peace

as the poison

slowly unleashes

a much different

version of Hell.

How can something bad

feel so damn good?


Fire in the sky

a powerful sight

touching all the senses

bleeding into our souls

demanding adulation.


Please come back

caress my skin

whisper your secrets

fill me with light.

Your absence burns a hole

and leaves me gasping for life.


How do you manage

to tear me open

and make me bleed

in desperation

for your warmth?

I've never wanted anyone

as much as I desire you.

Laying here

writhing in pain

under a darkness

dotted with shadowy pinpricks.

Their tiny songs

only intensify the ache,

aggravate the longing.

Your my sol addiction

and the craving is agonizing

but I continue to wait

slowly dying

just for the promise of your sweet kiss.


© 2021 Alyssa

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