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Sunshine: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 15


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


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2021:

Thank you!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2021:

Thank you so much!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 19, 2021:

That means so much to me Bill! Your support and encouragement have led me back down this creative writing path and I'm so thankful!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 19, 2021:

Beautifully and well crafted poem, Alyssa. I enjoyed reading your creative work.

Thanks for sharing

Blessings to you

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 19, 2021:

Beautifully expressed poem, and a wonderful response to the word prompt, Sunshine. I liked your narration as well, in the opening paragraph.

Creativity should not be rushed— How true!

Thank you for sharing.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2021:

I didn't think this would ever appear on my feed. I was just about to send you an email when up it popped, about thirty-six hours late.

I've said it before, I'll say it again, you are a talented writer. I hope you understand that. I read a lot of articles and poems on HP, look at them all with a critical, teacher's eye, and yours always stand out. Well done!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 18, 2021:

Thank you Brenda! :)

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 18, 2021:

Thank you so much John!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on June 18, 2021:

Thank you Pamela! :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on June 17, 2021:


I'm so glad you keep these prompts in the back of your mind.

Your writing is always awesome.

The sunshine does seem like the garden of eden when it shines upon my face.

I don't know how something that feels so good can be bad for us.

Your 2nd poem...

That actually is a ball of fire in the sky & it does demand our attention. It calls to us.

Your third poem....

When the sun sets it does fill us with regret. If only one more minute.

In your last one I can picture you looking at the night sky just waiting for the morning sunshine to quietly sneak upon you...kissing your skin.

As always...your work mesmerizes us.

Thanks for sharing. I will post a link in the word prompt article.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 17, 2021:

I agree Alyssa, we can’t rush creativity or inspiration, and yours is always worth waiting for. Both your short fiction and poetry impresses me greatly. You are a true writer. Well done for this prompt.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 17, 2021:

I enjoyed everything you reading your poem, Alyssa. I enjoyed all you wrote in response to Brenda's prompt. I am still thinking about how to respond to Brenda's latest prompt, so sometimes it just takes time This is especially true when you are a mom.

I think it is better late than never, so I think you had a good response. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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