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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: A Time To Die
By A B
11/18/05


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Spring departed,
Her fresh juvenility
Firmly supplanted,
By the vibrancy and warmth
Of summer.

Summertime ...
Profusion of resplendent colour
And long unending days!
Yet, afore long your vigour
Even did subside,
As life's equinox dictated
A more mellow season.

Erratically
And somewhat prematurely,
Golden fires of Autumn
Were vanquished,
By the cold hand
Which heralded the bleak,
Monochromatic desolation -
Of Winter.

Raw,
Harsh,
Ice-cold,
The rancid air of finality
Blasted mercilessly,
Insensating
Yet strangely palpable.

The young trees stood alone, unaided
In this bleak expanse,
Their fragile vulnerability exposed
To the unrelenting cruelty
Of the elements
Which beset their meagre forms.
Alive yet stripped bare
Their stark barreness,
A byproduct
Of death and decay
Testament to the inevitable cycle
Of life.

Many winters thence,
Bring with them a realisation
That a serene and captivating beauty
Espouse this 'season by design'.
The melancholic air and acute chill
Serve only to heighten the anticipation,
Of a Springtime
That will surely dawn;

When,
From the hidden depths
Of the seemingly barren waste,
Tangible life will spring forth
And you and I
Shall meet again.


17-11-05

In loving memory of a Grandfather,
who went to sleep too soon, one January night 24 years ago.


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Jan Ackerson 11/21/05
"...As life's equinox dictated
A more mellow season..."

Really nice phrase. A fitting tribute; thanks for writing it.
Nina Phillips11/21/05
I truly enjoyed the descriptive verse, which kept getting richer and had more depth towards the end.
God bless ya, littlelight
Helen Harris11/25/05
Wow, Wow. Well Done.
Thank You. Helen
Amanda D'costa03/11/06
This is pretty good. You should have submitted this in the intermediate level atleast. I love the many picturesque phrases you've used. Very descriptive.

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