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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Personal Peace (06/01/06)

TITLE: Always...
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06/02/06


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For all the times you’ve grabbed the brass ring and it released a trap door beneath you…

For the multitude of days you’ve dragged yourself to the bathroom vanity and stared into the mirror wondering who abducted the virile young stallion who used to stare back…

For those of you who bear the scars of escaping the rat race just as the mousetrap nipped your heel…

For anyone who ever caught themselves perusing the obituaries in the local newspaper, first for relatives and friends, then acquaintances and finally to see if your own name lay under the high school graduation picture that you always hated…

For everyone who has endured:
Fellow commuters bent on passing without actually changing lanes…
Fellow workers apologizing for the cup of coffee that drips from the report you finally finished at 3a.m. this morning…
Fellow diners who felt it their personal duty to take every possible meat option from the buffet except the liver…
Fellow believers who have no answers for their own life, but a litany for yours…

All I can tell you is…

My headphones are on and I am listening to music that reminds me I’m His…
My youngest is dancing her own special ballet in the kitchen…
My oldest princess smiles and sings a song that only she knows the soundtrack to…
My wife and son are having a conversation on the couch…
My dog sleeps in the corner on his favorite blue pillow…

I hear none of it…
I see all of it…
I forget for a moment the events of the day …
I take a snapshot and tuck it away in my heart…
I will need it someday to remind me…

The cost is minimal in light of the return…
The light is sometimes under a bushel but it is never really hidden…
The volume of life is sometimes loud…
The song of peace plays softly in the background…

Always…


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Kerri Gallion06/09/06
Excellent! Great craft of the words. You have a definite talent.
Edy T Johnson 06/09/06
This is intriguing and creative. I'm not sure if it is free verse poetry, or prose, but I like it!
dub W06/10/06
Wow! This is creatively one of the best I have read in weeks. I really enjoyed this approach. I hope the judges see this too. Looking forward to reading more of your writing.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/10/06
Absolutely the Living END..
THe Cat's Meow...
The Best of the Pack...
Delightfully written..
Fantastico and Magnificently rendered the Absolute with a Capital A+....loved it.
Jan Ross06/11/06
Great!!!! I love your style! :)
Marilee Alvey06/16/06
Excellent! Very well done! Fresh expressions that convey emotions so well. You don't tell us what to feel, you entice us to feel with your phrases. Masterful!