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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: A Journey's Blessing
By Linda Watson Owen


A Journey’s Blessing

Bon Voyage, my dear one, may your journey be
as smooth as seas at sunset, as true as dawn’s first ray.
May every ocean’s current carry you ever on
to destinies of wonder, to lands of endless song.

May you taste earth’s treasures caressed by God’s own hand,
and feel the breezes on the wings of angels’ soaring bands.
In all your earthly travels, my wish for you shall be
that winds of wealth and golden days surround you on the sea.

Breathe in the breeze so fragrant, soft scents of timeless isles,
and journey step by step along a floral beach’s miles.
Drink in each scene’s rare beauty. Refresh in lingering there,
and may the rush of duty’s call fall silent on the air.

Close your eyes with nightfall, listening to the song
of nature’s lilting melodies adrift on evening’s wand.
Then when your heart feels yearning for those who are your own,
return on waves of hearts held dear and winds that whisper, “Home.”

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B Brenton09/13/05
Nice poetry. I really like that word lingering. I really do.
Jan Ackerson 09/13/05
Sheer perfection. You've got rhymne, meter, excellence in word choice, and a heartfelt poem. Should be in Expert level.
Anita Neuman09/14/05
Your poetry is absolutely stunning! What beautifully-crafted phrases! A definite winner.
Debra Brand09/14/05
Very well done!
Brandi Roberts09/14/05
Moving on to Intermediate, you say? Good idea :p I thought this was a beautiful short and sweet poem. Thanks for sharing!
sandra snider09/14/05
move up to level 2!
Val Clark09/15/05
A beautifull poem! Clearly expressed so many aspects of blessing on a journey. Particularly liked the thought 'and may the rush of duty’s call fall silent on the air.' That's the only way a person can have a real break! Well done! yeggy
Crista Darr09/17/05
Very lovely! Would you consider separating your lines at each pause and starting with capitals? Eg.
Close your eyes with nightfall,
Listening to the song
Of nature's lilting melodies
Adrift on evening's wand

Crista Darr09/17/05
Oh yes, and then you wouldn't need the comma either. What do you think?
Shari Armstrong 09/17/05
Very nice!
Crista Darr09/19/05
Hooray! Looks like you don't need to change a thing! Congratulations!!
Alexandra Wilkin09/19/05
NO surprise this was a winner - beautiful, evocative, flows smoothly and a wonderfully refreshing and uplifting poem. Congratulations!
Kathleen Fairman09/19/05
Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I can't say enough good things about this -- the emotion, the language, the rhythm, all of it is exquisite. Congratulations on a very well deserved win.
Sally Hanan09/19/05
Wonderful. You've been due this for a long time.
Nina Phillips09/19/05
Really beautiful and touching. Congrats on the win. Very nice phrases. God bless ya, littlelight
Karen Ward09/19/05
A well deserved win! I love that last line "winds that whisper, 'Home.'" Beautiful! Congratulations!
God Bless, Karen
Julianne Jones09/19/05
Congratulations on a very well-deserved win. This was fabulous. God Bless.
Suzanne R09/20/05
Beautiful ... just beautiful.
Deborah Porter 09/21/05
Linda, there's probably not much I can say that hasn't already been said. Your poem was beautiful. When I read it the first time while judging Level 1, I wrote a comment next to it on my rating sheet, "Oh WOW! This melted the heart. Adorable!"

Congratulations on your outstanding win - totally deserved! With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Yolanda Baker10/15/05
I love how you wrote this... you have a gift in writing, I pray will guide you hands while you write and touch others with your words.
Julie Arduini03/29/07
This was an absolute delight. Thanks for throwing the brick.