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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Before and After (05/14/09)

TITLE: African home
By
05/21/09


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Before the rain starts you can smell it in the air, in the ground... everywhere. The sweet smell of deep-red mud fills your whole being, as if for once your sense of smell takes the lead and the other senses are slow to follow. The animals sense it too; birds loudly and excited in the trees, and land animals with heightened energy trying to find shelter before the downpour.

Inevitably and with a great release of energy the sky opens at once and pours down storehouses of blessing greater than human imagination.

I love the rain.
It is simple and strong. It brings life. It gives to everyone in the same measure, and abundantly so.


Long before the rain you had left me. Deep longing burning in your eyes as you turned your back. You had taken all I could give, and still you turned and walked.

Oh I know you so well. How my heart ached for you all this time.

They broke your dreams, did they not. The empty promise of fortune stole your youth. I saw this even before, long before the rain.


The rain stopped. The earth soaked and sighed and sang. The clouds broke open with sunlight. Splashing water in new pools around weary feet, suddenly I see him. Can it be? Yes, it is you! Muddied deep-red you are returning to me.

My son.


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diana kay05/22/09
a good descriptive peice
Gregory Kane06/03/09
I love the evocative language here, the way that you conjure up the smell and taste and feel of the wild, unrestrained rain. You've made a very commendable start - let me encourage you to keep on writing and reading.
Charlie Comerford06/04/09
An illuminating take on one of my favourite stories. Well done!