writing challenge for Monday – the word “alley”

Prompt

We give you one word and ask that you give it back to us, using the third definition, in a 33-333 word response.

This week’s word is:

ALLEY (noun) 

3: a narrow street; especially : a thoroughfare through the middle of a block giving access to the rear of lots or buildings

The alley was quiet and dark
across the street from the park.

The wailing began at midnight
giving us both quite a fright.

We jumped apart and whirled around
Wondering what made that awful sound.

All was quiet again and so
We forgot about our possible foe.

Huddled together side by side
We hoped to heck no one had died.

Lost in our sweet embrace
Our hearts began to race.

For there again the sound was heard.
Something told me it wasn’t a bird.

The alley was still so dark,
But we no longer felt safe in the park.

Huddling close and holding hands
We had to do what society demands.

Slowly walking across the street
We hoped there was no one to meet.

The entry was dark, no light we saw.
Cowardice was my one deep flaw.

Pushing ahead slowly step by step
We seemed to have lost all our pep.

What could it be that noise we heard?
Frantically wishing it was a bird.

Then there was a loud, loud bang
Man I hoped it wasn’t a gang.

Lights began to come on at that.
Oh my heavens it was just a cat!

Tessa

 

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About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh at 60 plus is still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Her new journey's include Diabetes controlled by insulin. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). The books will probably never be finished. She keeps her blog filled with useful content, occasional devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Southern, NJ. Her family and blog keep her busy.
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16 Responses to writing challenge for Monday – the word “alley”

  1. markwindham says:

    🙂 Those bumps in the night are rarely as bad as they seem

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  2. Annabelle says:

    Nice twist at the end! I have scared myself like that many times.

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  3. brenda w says:

    ha! I love the surprise cat at the end…I expected something darker. Made me smile big. thanks.

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    • Tessa says:

      Thank you for reading and I was glad that I could make you smile. I was also glad that I was able to make a surprise ending work so well. 🙂

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  4. jannatwrites says:

    Darn cat! But thank goodness it was only a cat (I’d take a cat over some scary guy with a knife :))

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  5. Sandra says:

    I almost couldn’t read fast enough of your teasing piece to find out what was there! Nice poem!

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  6. Trifecta says:

    Thanks for linking up with Trifecta this week. Darn cat–ruined the whole evening. 🙂 Great, light-hearted piece. Not too many of those this week. Hope to see you back again for the weekend prompt.

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  7. Well, certainly not a bird!! Sounds like the cat from Susan Writes Precise’s piece banged over into your poem as well.

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