writing challenge for Monday – the word “alley”


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!



About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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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


  2. Annabelle says:

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


  3. brenda w says:

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


    • 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. 🙂


  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 :))


  5. Sandra says:

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


  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.


  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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