Prompted Writing

Write about temptation:

ocean beach with sun

I am tempted by the unforeseen, the way a beach wave sounds crashing into sand, the apartment in the heart of San Jose, bustling with feet and smells of fresh stirfry, or the future, like this open country field stretching out for miles and miles, the wheat honey-gold in the sunset.

I am tempted by what is to come, early mornings with light poking though window blinds, sheets tangled around my legs, waking warm and satisfied. Or love, this big embrace, arms outstretched and strong on this nameless, faceless, lover I’ll one day meet, or maybe already know.

And I am tempted by what I have not yet felt, a lightning bug buzzing against the sides of my closed palm, desperate for summer air and the chance to shine his light into the sky.


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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️