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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)

TITLE: The Mask
By June Dickie
12/06/09


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just a swim, like other days,
back and forth through azure blue,
and then breaks forth a wonder-maze
of coral castles; with them too
a flash of color, darting bright
between the tendrils delicate,
their chiseled features catch the light
and in and out the Angels flit,

and there below float fins of lace
the Fire Fish, with rustling skirt,
translucent flurries waft with grace,
a wistful dance to notes unheard

then comes a flash of phosphorus,
fluorescent tiny turquoise dots,
with yellow smudges, red-ringed eyes,
and on their dorsals, dark blue spots

upon a rock a starfish sits,
dull grey but trimmed with scarlet shine,
and tinged beneath with sparkling white,
a Christmas ornament sublime

a wonderland, and yet without
a mask I could not grasp the sight,
amazing beauty none can doubt
with eyes transformed, to see the light

so too the best may pass me by
if earthly things constrain my view;
what mask would let me rise and fly?

the mask of faith,
that sees the true


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Jan Ackerson 12/12/09
This is sublime!
Mildred Sheldon12/14/09
Beautiful colorful description of life under the sea. I loved this more then words can say. Thank you for a look of the beauty under the water. God bless.