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Through The Ages
by Deborah Engle 
03/03/09
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Emerging from the shadowlands of time before recall,
Unfolding realms of conquering tribes and others that would fall.
Remote kingdoms, fortressed by high castle walls of stone,
Over time, gave birth to states, for years, the world has known.
Patrician ways evolved to current customs, land by land,
Enhancing life for all the world as people groups expand.

From the sunny climes and balmy bays of the Mediterranean Sea,
To fjords of Scandinavia, where Arctic waters freeze,
White Cliffs of Dover, the Black Forest, the Rock of Gibraltar,
Meandering rivers, mountain chains, all sights of great allure.
Creations' handiwork displayed across the vast terrain,
Inspiring humble minds to move beyond, to greater gain.

Magnificent cathedrals and enthralling symphonies
Conceived by native prodigies of utmost expertise,
Chemistry and Math, genetics and Astronomy,
European scientists advanced no small degree.
The impact of the printing press still leaves its mark today,
Knowledge, understanding, grown, by messages conveyed.

A treasure trove of sculpture, paintings, every form of art,
Cherished, faithfully preserved, sets this land apart.
Inquisition stunned, Bubonic Plague took quite a toll.
The Wars hit hard and Communism gained a stranglehold.
Chernobyl devastated lives, but through it all itís clear
Europeís contribution to the world should be revered.


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Holly Westefeld 05 Mar 2009
Deborah, as has already been said, you paint lovely images in this poem. My red ink would be that while most of your lines had fourteen syllables with the stresses on the even ones, there was some inconsistency that hendered the flow of the poem, most notably the line about the Mediterranean. You had wonderful use of both slant and complex rhymes. I especially liked symphonies and expertise.
Benjamin Graber 05 Mar 2009
Hi Deborah! Beautiful poem - I really love your beautiful choice of words! Here's some red ink: I personally didn't feel satisfied with the ending. It seemed a little weak after a rich poem. I would have liked a better ending than just leaving with the feeling that Europe's contribution to history should be revered. This is a personal preference, but I don't like it when an acrostic poem has bold letters of the start of each line to make it stand out... This poem was well written, though - and I enjoyed your description of some of the beautiful parts of Europe. Blessings, Ben
Karlene Jacobsen 05 Mar 2009
This is a beautiful poem. Too bad it didn't make it. I am glad there is regular submissions though; we don't have to sit on it.
Joanne Sher  04 Mar 2009
Just lovely. Sorry you missed the deadline (do you remember that TODAY is Wednesday?? LOL). Great images and a wonderful "walk" through European history.
Mona Purvis 03 Mar 2009
Deb, it's too bad you didn't get this entry in. I loved it. What you do so well is to describe fully. That is a real talent. This is very creative and I enjoyed it alot. good writing. Mona




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