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Photograph: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 33

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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 there. Happy October! How are you enjoying Fall? I thought I was ready, and then it started getting cooler. It was then that I realized, no, I don't want to say goodbye to summer. Hahaha!

Anyway, as I was getting my workout in this afternoon, I heard a song and I instantly became inspired to write the following poem. Pausing my workout, I let the words flow and within the hour I was finished. Luckily, I was able to tie it in to Brenda's latest prompt, week 33 - photograph. I changed a line to make it work. I have a fun idea for cloud, but I'm still trying to figure it out where it's going. Wish me luck.

I hope you enjoy reading! Have a beautiful Sunday!



Once upon a time

it was just

you and me

living on


we didn't have much

but I had you

you had me

And it was

like the movies

happened so fast

up on stage

millions of voices

echoing our words





we ever wished for

And I had you

you had me.


But fame is addicting

temptation too sweet

and isn't true

people with power

forget their roots?

The future is now

in him

in her

art imitates life

and it was all a pretty lie.

I guess

we knew all along

this was far from a fairytale

there's no happy ending

old hands clasped together

swinging on the porch

a faded dream

like the crinkled photograph

on the counter

when I had you

you had me.


Was it worth it

I ask myself

each night

staring up at the stars

legacy lives on

our words last forever

hanging on the notes

playing through the speakers

millions of voices

echoing our deepest thoughts





we thought we wanted

before we realized the cost.

© 2021 Alyssa

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