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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Ballad of the inner life of a writer
By Maria Egilsson
05/14/10


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Captured phrases of splintered thought
Arrested in a gaol of sorts
Chains of words await their time
In the prison of my mind.

Freedom to express their plea
Are demands made on me
In detention they must wait
Until this jury seals their fate.

In my mind I segregate
Quiet thoughts which can wait
From the ones who weep and wail
Wanting freedom from this jail.

Crime and justice is the cry
Of these words that will not die
Bludgeoning on the edge of thought
Wanting free from where they’re caught.

A noisome dungeon of cluttered clots
Congealing into story plots
Segregation of secret schemes
Stills their voice or so it seems.

Captive thoughts soon break free
Unconstrained they speak to me
Without restraint I write them down
Confined no more they run around.

Unfettered though these thoughts may be
Words remain who wait for me
Shackled still in isolation
A demand is made for probation.

Writers should heed this notation
In their life there’s no vacation
Words and thoughts they crow and crowd
Until their freedom is allowed.


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AnneRene' Capp 05/20/10
Wow and awesome! This is so uniquely descriptive. I was in awe at so many of your phrases which spoke deeply to me. Great Poem!
Mary Knoll Santos05/20/10
What a meaningful, deep life such as this writer has. May the authour of this creative poem be blessed with more stories and experiences to tell... and write. Keep writing for God's honour. Be of good cheer, this is my personal encouragement.
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
Great images. I have often thought of the mind as a prison of sorts, words trying (often unsuccessfully) to break free. I enjoyed how your words and thoughts became characters in and of themselves. Very creative.
Mildred Sheldon05/21/10
WOW! Fantastic. I loved this more than mere words can say. Great job and the descriptive words used were magnificent. Keep writing.
Karen Macor05/22/10
Very nice. I loved the analagy. Keep writing.
Timothy Klingerman 05/23/10
Nice concept and execution.
Gerald Shuler 05/23/10
Delightful. I enjoyed the prison feel. My words stay in prison always unless and until some of them accidently escape. You have, at the least, described this writer.
T. F. Chezum05/23/10
Very well crafted. Great job.
Chely Roach05/23/10
Really cool concept...I enjoyed the atmosphere you created. Thanks for sharing this!
Gregory Kane05/23/10
This is how poetry should read - full of rich language and imagery. I enjoyed your entry immensely. Even learned a new word - noisome. Cheers
Lyn Churchyard05/24/10
Wonderful! Great rhyme and rhythm. Extremely well done.
Susan Montaperto05/24/10
This is very well written. I really enjoyed the the meter and all the imagery you invoked. Thank you very much. Keep writing.
Theresa Santy 05/25/10
I loved the theme and imagery used here. This poem was a pleasure to read. The letter and word combinations made a comforting tempo, and I rolled happily through the entire piece.
Patricia Turner05/26/10
This is very original and well done.
Carol Penhorwood 05/31/10
So very deserving of this win! Beautiful descriptive words that really capture the essence. I especially loved your last verse.
Noel Mitaxa 05/31/10
Wow! Thanks for throwing light on our inner journey with such clarity and candour. Congratulations on your placing - it's well-deserved.
Noel Mitaxa 05/31/10
Hi Maria,
Thanks for stopping by in my entry about God's double vision. I see from your website that you have been a counsellor for some time, so I guess you also sense those extra dimensions of possibilities for clients before they do - without putting on your Sherlock Holmes outfit and turning into a doctrinal detective (or should that be doctrinal defective???)
God bless you as your writing ministry develops.

Noel Mitaxa
Nancy Sullivan 06/01/10
Thanks for putting the thoughts and emotions of so many into words. Great poetry! Nancy K. Sullivan
Nanci Rubin06/04/10
Maria, Wow! This is terrific and I love how you have personified 'thoughts' and shown how they long to be set "free"...wonderfully creative, as only a true poet can do...love reading your work...congrats on your placing...you deserve it!!