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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: Perfection
By Megan Minnick
10/29/09


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I passed by a field
Dusted with winterís first snow
A pure coverlet of white
Drawn softly over the world
Hushing every irreverent sound
Imbuing the everyday scene
With fresh possibility

At home I drew out
A clean sheet of paper
Its very blankness thrilled me.
Why - anything could be written on that -
Anything!
What if that page
Were to bear witness to genius?

Two hours later,
My clean, fresh white sheet
Now crosshatched with scribbles,
I went to bed.

On my way past the field
Yesterday pure and pristine
There were ruts in the snow
Where children had sledded
And spots and skids
From wild snowball fights
Laughter seemed still to hang in the air

I rifled my pockets
For my crumpled sheet of paper
Now blemished with many a strikeout
A few ideas jotted like jewels
In the margins
And reflected

Which is more perfect?

The pristine field,
Untouched by human foot,
Ethereal and flawless in the twilight
Or marred at day
Brimming with the testimony
Of life lived joyfully?

My fresh, eager paper
Unsullied and full of promise
Kindling dreams of glory
Or now smeared with ink stains -
Unlovely,
But precious with hard-won words?

The brideís snowy gown
Gauzy and exquisite
As she walks down the aisle
Or yellowed and creased in her closet
After years have matured
And deepened her love?

Perfection -
Is it merely the absence of imperfection
Or the presence of something more?


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Marie Fink11/05/09
Good descriptions here. How you posed your questions of what is perfect in the last 4 stanzas is very clever and a good read the 2nd and 3rd times.
Leah Nichols 11/06/09
This is beautiful. Wow! So many thoughts spring to mind after reflecting on this poem. Excellent writing!
Laura Manley11/07/09
What great thoughts penned here! This was a blessing to read. Great writing!
Mark Bell11/08/09
very well illustrated with your imagery. and you bring the reader to a halt with a very simple question. nicely done.
Jan Ackerson 11/09/09
Quite lovely--rich in thought-provoking imagery.
Patricia Turner11/09/09
Wonderfully thought provoking. I enjoyed this very much.
Barbara Lynn Culler11/09/09
Love the imagery! It proves it is much better to at least try and not get it just so, then to let it stay blank for fear of ruining it.
Ruth Brown 11/09/09
I believe you have proved a true gift for poetry! Well done.
Henry Clemmons11/09/09
I enjoyed this philosophical piece. Gave me a lot to ponder with its possble conclusions. Some great imagery. Look forward to reading more from you.

Henry.
Shellie Goff11/10/09
I loved your descriptions. The point you make is very good and very well thought out. Excellent writing. You left me thinking.