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


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.


© 2021 Alyssa


Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 28, 2021:

Thank you so much Greg!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 28, 2021:

Thank you Misbah!

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on August 27, 2021:

Alyssa - the deep darkness in this made my stomach flip in circles. It’s a well-crafted work, and I love the picture “pearly whites turning to sharp blades” paints in my mind. And at the same time it spooks me. Really good work!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on August 27, 2021:

Alyssa, this is an excellent response to Brenda’s prompts. I enjoyed reading your poem. Thanks for sharing

Blessings to you!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you Brenda! Happy Friday!

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you Pamela! Happy Friday!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 27, 2021:


Wow! You are on quite a roll.

This one is no exception.

Seemingly innocent with her sweet smile she draws him close.

Once tasting her poison, there is no escaping her wrath.

He is hypnotized.

Whoever thought this sweet laughter was lurking in the shadows?

Great write.

I'll post the link in the word prompt article's.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 27, 2021:

The persdon you described in you poem is evil! The poem is very good and an excellent response to brenda's prompt, Alyssa.

Alyssa (author) from Ohio on August 27, 2021:

Thank you John!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 27, 2021:

A dark take on laughter and shadows, Alyssa. Well done.

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