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Chance: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 51

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


The prompts are back and I've been mulling chance around in my head. It started with a simple phrase and as I thought about it, the idea began to take shape. Inspired by the hypocrisy prevalent in today's world, I wanted to travel back in time to explore the same theme. The result is the little piece below.

As always, a big thank you to Brenda for gently encouraging our creative spirits.



They said my heart was black

evil was my game

trysts with Satan

landed me on this stake.

Pointing and jeering

was I not ashamed?

Death will come

but surely I see the error of my ways

Do I not want to be saved?

A far cry

from the starless nights

when they'd knock on the door

and beg for a place

in my bed.

But it is me

who holds blame

for embracing the same earthly pleasures?

Me, to repent

for sharing my knowledge

and healing them

with the bounty of this land?

Look around

Hell is here

and evil resides

in their leers.

Oh no,

I welcome the flames

kissing my skin

Salvation in disguise

carrying me home.


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