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Echoes: Brenda Arledge Poetry Prompt Response, Weeks 22 and 23

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


What started out as one thing turned into another. As I was playing around with words for laughter, the narrative quickly careened into shadow. To keep things simple, I opted to use this as my response for both week 22 and 23.

As always a big thank you to Brenda for these prompts.



It should make me happy

"a delightful thing,"

they all say,

"nothing sweeter,

a melody of paradise."

But none of them can see

the way those pearly whites

turn to sharp blades

the sneer

hidden behind

that seemingly innocent smile

and the poison

dripping from your lips.

It a talent you possess,

walking in light.

Drawing them in

every moving calculated

an addicting hypnosis.

No force is greater

than your gravitational pull

and just like a black hole

once they enter the event horizon

there's no escaping your wrath.


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