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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: The Spark that Ignites the Soul
By Dana Cooper
05/07/06


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The Spark that Ignites the Soul.

My favorite thing to do since a child on holidays
Has always been fireworks.
The joy that erupts when a sparkler catches fire
And the tiny gold or silver flecks of light cannot
Be matched.
I especially like to take a sparkler and write words in
The air. These words seem to stay even after the images
Are written in mid air.
There is a special trick to getting the end of the sparkler
To light. Many a match has been thrown on the ground
Just in the knick of time to keep a finger from receiving
A nasty burn.

I can just think about bottle rockets and bottle rocket
Wars and that certain smell of burning energy
Becomes real to me.
The neat feeling when a ball of fire flies out of
A roman candle. That release of a big burning
Something coming out of something you are holding
Is very exciting yet very dangerous. It could actually
Backfire and cause a horrible accident. Its very risky.

Once I was out popping firecrackers along with my
First cousin in her backyard.
Right between us on the back steps was a huge container
Of Black Cat firecrackers.
We decided to light a candle to keep from
Having to light matches. Sure enough she dropped the candle
In the container. What was meant for good ended up being
A disaster. Her hand was severely burned.

Hope is the spark that fuels the fire of God in my
Soul. I have to keep hoping and keep striking out
In faith in order to see my
dreams manifest on
The horizon. I want
to keep holding the sparkler of
Life to the flame and writing words of faith in mid air. I see them.
They are real. The hand of God is Putting them into my life.
I refuse to let go of hope. Itís Godsí gift to his children.


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Helen Paynter05/13/06
Some lovely metaphors here. It was spoiled a bit by the way you split up your sentences - a bit like free verse. But underneath that, there was some really good writing.
Brandi Roberts05/13/06
I think this would be perfect if it was put back into prose. I love the descriptions and the comparison. Well done.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/14/06
This is good. It looks to me like you might have used a word processing program that capitalizes words at the beginning of the line. If this is the case watch for it. It can be disruptive. Otherwise, great read.