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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Tranquil Moments
By Patricia Todd
11/20/07


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Here it is so beautiful. There is such a stillness in the air. Every time I come to this place I remember that it was you who first brought me here. You loved it so much. Now you are no longer with me but, every time I walk here, I think of you.

The little footbridge is just like it was when you first showed it to me, still just as flimsy. I walk slowly holding on to the hand-rail, pausing to watch the birds that swoop over the water meadows and marshland. Finally I arrive on firm ground at the shore of the estuary and sit to watch the light play on the water. A sense of peace and calm envelops me like a warm blanket. I am so glad that you shared this place with me.

After a little while I make my way back across the footbridge and walk through the field and along the road to the little churchyard. Here too it is so peaceful with only the sound of birdsong to break the silence. I place some flowers on your grave.

Slowly I walk into the small church. It is so peaceful inside. You loved to come here. I walk down the aisle over the well-worn flagstones. At the pulpit I turn and look back. I can imagine you sitting there with the sun streaming in upon you.

I sit quietly in one of the pews and let the peace of this place fill my soul.“O, Lord, I thank you for this place in all its beauty; I thank you for the peace and calm that is all around me and I thank you too for my father, for all that he meant to me and all that he shared with me.”


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Joanne Sher 11/24/07
This is a simply beautiful piece. Lovely descriptions.
Holly Westefeld11/27/07
Excellent description. I felt like I was there.
I was surprised to learn that it was the father being remembered, rather than the spouse.
Anne Linington11/29/07
As others have said, this is so beautiful, and your descriptive
abilities are wonderful. A very creative piece for the topic "At the pulpit". Well done. I hope you get a placing this week.