Ashley hails from an island known as the Little Red Dot and holds an uncanny penchant for all-things pink. One day, she hopes to dominate the world in a princess dress and sparkly tiara, because who ever forbade warriors from dressing in style?

Winter Wishes

February 9, 2019

PROMPT: Open Prompt

You peer through the frosted windowpane,
Index finger reaching out
To draw diaphanous circles on the frosty, damp glass.

The once misty world comes into focus:

Blankets of white
drape over stockade fences,
Ashen powder
lines crumbly bark and brittle branches;
The cold of December
Has never looked so inviting.

You wish you could leave your mark on the world,
Dotting the snowy sheet with your footprints,
As you traverse around with your tongue stuck out between chapped lips,
Lapping up every tiny patterned popsicle that the sky has to offer.

You hear a muted squeal of joy
Break the silence of dawn through the pane
That separates you
From an infinitude of insouciance,
Denying you the innocence and bliss you so desperately crave.

You stifle a tired yawn
Before swivelling back to the lighted screen
Gleaming with rows of words and numbers
You’ve been forced to peruse since sixteen —

You finally understand why they say,
"You don't know what you have
until it's taken away."


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1 Comment
  • Quille

    Love it! Very, well-worded, true, and relatable :DD

    9 months ago