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A Tale: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response 55

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

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When the mood strikes, I jot down the flowing thoughts, and then subsequently leave them in my notes app. Such was the case for the following poem. After a month of preparation and a brief getaway, I'm finally back into my routine. I found myself with a slot of time to devote to creative writing. My first step is to check the note, and I surprised myself with a few gems.

Week 55 was nothing. A wonderful, versatile prompt, and so, I present to you: A Tale.

As always, a big thank you to Brenda for the prompts!

Enjoy!

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Put it away

set it up on the shelf

to be forgotten,

covered in dust

and the faintest twinge of old memories...

what a surprise

to find myself

where I promised

I'd never return.

The look on their faces

almost makes this moment

worth it all;

the proverbial dessert,

a celebratory occasion.

But the taste of victory

never lasts

and quickly sours.

Why am I here;

a question echoing in my head.

I don't know myself.

All I see, reflected in their eyes:

pitchforks and torches

as they ran me out of town.

But that's not quite

how the tale went, now is it?

Oh no, because the truth is much colder,

a larger pill I never could swallow.

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