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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Like a Fish Out of Water (10/24/13)

TITLE: The Meeting by the Willow
By Jim McWhinnie
~2nd Place


The Meeting by the Willow

I came upon a hidden stream
while on a walk one aimless day,
when time had lost its metered cares,
and I had wandered faraway.
There ‘neath a weeping willow
I sat to take my needed rest,
to pause, to dream, to search for peace,
to pray and to confess.
And when the wind passed through her petticoats,
the willow whispered unto me,
“O Pilgrim, look so long and deep
and tell me what you see.”
And there upon the waters,
a wood duck drifted by,
on a lake as clear as clear can be,
this soul once born to fly.
Then beneath the glassy surface,
circling ripples did appear,
telling of a trout once born to swim,
now daring to come near.
I watched these two from distant worlds,
draw close enough to know,
the wood duck in her realm above,
and the trout, her world below.
‘Twas in a fateful moment,
that they caught each other’s sight,
a time when worlds so far apart
are seen in common light.
The wood duck yearned to swim the deep,
the trout, to take to air,
both wishing they were the other,
this existential pair.
The duck dove down with all her might,
and the trout leapt upward high,
but, in the end, they did return,
the trout back to the river and the duck into the sky.
The willow once more whispered
unto my wearied, worried mind,
“Now tell me, humble Pilgrim,
‘what truth did you now find?”
I lingered in the silence,
wanting so the words to rise,
then eventually, within the willow’s patient sight,
I whispered to her soul and mine,
“To be thyself is wise.”

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C D Swanson 10/31/13
This was so pleasant to read. I enjoyed it immensely.

God bless~
Charla Diehl 10/31/13
I truly enjoyed this poetic piece that was summed up with words of wisdom. The easy flow of your writing and the unforced rhymes makes this a winner in my book.
I think I would have broken this into several verses to give the reader time to pause and linger over your thoughts/words.
Danielle King 11/04/13
Such a delightful, charming poem with a wise message. If anything, I would break the lines up in places, but I'm no poet. Loved the entire piece and great for the topic. A winner methinks!
Sheldon Bass 11/04/13
Virgil Youngblood 11/04/13
An easy read with a worthy message. Well done.
Judith Gayle Smith11/04/13
A sweet journey to self-realization. This is beautiful. Agree with the need for structure, but such an enjoyment! Thank you for beauty and inspiration.
Don V. Standeford11/05/13
Nice Poem!
C D Swanson 11/07/13
Congratulations! God Bless~
Nancy Bucca11/07/13
There's a great message in this clever poem about being true to one's self. Congrats on your EC.
Beth LaBuff 11/07/13
Every word and phrase was gorgeous and exquisitely penned. Wow! Love this! Congrats on your EC.
Margaret Kearley 11/07/13
Really really beautiful. I love this. Many congratulations.
Danielle King 11/07/13
Congratulations on your win for this lovely poem.
Ellen Carr 11/08/13
Congratulations on your 2nd placing EC - so well-deserved! Your poem is beautifully written and is a wonderful use of the topic.
Francy Judge 11/08/13
Congratulations! This is such a well-written creative poem. Loved your descriptions and word choice; even the rhyme scheme worked well for this story. Ending with a great message. Super!
Leola Ogle 11/09/13
Excellent entry, Jim. Congratulations!
Bea Edwards 11/09/13
Really lovely and haunting piece of work. Reminded me to be content with who God created me to be.
Congratulations on your EC 2nd place win.
Karen Pourbabaee 11/09/13
This was a true delight to read from a voice I have missed! Congratulations on your honors this week.
Bonnie Bowden 11/10/13
Excellent meter and rhythm. I loved the flow and wisdom of your poem.