#FoDiByLi Poetry: Common Cliché #5 – Happy Ever After

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Writing Prompt Response – Original Poetry

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Prompt Posted: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Use the pictures and/or this common cliché as inspiration for a poem or story:

“And they lived happily ever after.”

(You don’t need to use the actual words of this cliché in your work, just try to capture the theme or emotion created by them.)

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Diamante – With You/Without

With you;
safety, security,
laughing, loving, learning
I am happiest. When I think of you
mourning, moping, masking
painful, powerless

Photo by Niklas Weiss on Unsplash

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Sonnet – Together Again

Their time together was never in vain
and will never be lost or forgotten.
Their withered blooms are fallen and rotten
but their roots have grown stronger than their pain.

Their tears once fell from faces cleansed by rain;
weather hardened, their journey has got them
further, some lost on the way, but not them
they mourned their losses, but ignored their strain.

Knowing that life would never be the same
when fate fractured the pathway; they followed
together while they could, but without blame
when they went their separate ways both hollowed.

Living like ghosts; haunting the lives that they lost
until they cross the Styx at Charon’s cost.


Photo by Martin Brechtl on Unsplash

Triolet – Without Reason

I have lost my reason to love
to that most final fate of life.
I gave my love, but not enough;
I have lost my reason, to love.
Going on, without, has been tough;
I am a husband with no wife.
I have lost my reason, to love,
to that most final fate of life.


Author’s Note:

These poems were written as a response to the Common Cliché writing prompt #5: “And they lived happily ever after.”

Is ‘happily ever after’ an ideal that one can actualise, or a reason to continue on? The journey may never end, but the prize was always the adventure.

“How would this do: and they all settled down and lived together happily ever after?’
‘It will do well, if it ever comes to that,’ said Frodo.
‘Ah!’ said Sam. ‘And where will they live? That’s what I often wonder.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

These poems explore the multiplicity and subjectivity of ‘happy ever after’ as an ideal:

“Fairy Tales always have a happy ending.’ That depends… on whether you are Rumpelstiltskin or the Queen.”

Jane Yolen, Briar Rose

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Photo by James Lewis on Unsplash

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Cinquain – Afterlife

My God;
in whom I trust,
though you taketh away
my love, I know I will see you


Haiku – The Tree

I discarded my leaves,
not because I don’t love them;
I must care for me.


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Happy Writing. Stay Safe. Stay Distracted.

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