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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Walk (07/20/06)

TITLE: The River
By Michelle Grove
07/21/06


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My mood is black, bleak and angry.
The blood is coursing through my veins.
Destructive energy crackles about my head.
An electrical storm of static and rage,
Family avoid me, I fill them with dread,
With pent up frustration, I cry out as if in a cage.
I want to get out, I want to escape – I want to walk…

I storm out of the house and the door slams.
My feet are pounding the path, I hurtle along.
Hands in pockets, eyes glare at the ground,
Burdens are heavy on my shoulders and seem such a load.
As I am filled with hopelessness I look around,
My steps have taken me to the stream, just off from the road.
I want to get out, I want to escape – I want to walk…

The track is narrow and I am forced to tread carefully,
As it meanders along the path of the stream.
I glance at the water and for a moment, it captivates.
The sunlight sparkles on the surface waves,
A pair of swans glide by, serene lifetime mates,
Ignoring the water voles hiding in the small river caves.
I want to get out, I want to escape – I want to walk…
My steps are slowing and my head has lifted.
The sounds of the river are soothing my mood.
Ducks are floating, ducklings are splashing,
Their tiny legs paddle franticly across the water.
The cygnets huddled together are gently muttering
I feel a weight start to lift and my steps falter.
I want to get out, I want to escape – I want to walk…

The flowers on the banks sway in the breeze,
Releasing their intoxicating scent into the air.
I breathe in deeply and come to a stop.
The sky sweeps across the horizon, a wide swathe of blue,
A few birds are weaving about like patterns on a spinning top.
I feel exhilarated and alive as I study the view.
I want to get out, I want to escape – I want to walk…

My mood is happy, gentle and calm.
The blood is singing through my veins.
Positive energy emanates from my soul,
The beauty of the natural world has given me hope.
I no longer have the despair of feeling in a hole,
I do not assume it is all too much, I can not cope.
I have got out, I have escaped – I have walked into light…


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Valerie Routhieaux07/28/06
I like this. You have taken an explosive situation and calmed it with a change of focus. Very good. Keep writing
Marilee Alvey07/30/06
This article speaks to me of truth. If you are down, if you lack encouragement, if you are stressed, or any of a multitude of other symptoms, you will be blessed by getting out in nature. I have never been a nature person, but, as I grow older, I have noted its effects on me. Thanks for showing us with pictures how God can calm our hearts in the storm.
Venice Kichura08/02/06
Very emotional & good use of describing feelings
Tracy Patrowicz08/02/06
The sentiment of this entry is very good, but this may be one of those times when fewer words make more of a statement. I had to reread parts to find the flow again. I loved the transition from anger to resolve though! What an intelligent thought process!