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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Beautiful (11/07/05)

TITLE: Mountain Sunset
By chaline ouellet
11/08/05


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To the West
the sun sits,
sliced,
by the jagged spine of
the Rockies,
cutting it open
spilling sunset streams
of
salmon, plum, and pink
across a fading dusk blue.
Here the shadows have come calling
deep in the river ravine
where cougars
drink and depart
silent as they came.
The darkness hesitates across the foothills
and the plains,
waiting for
the moon to command the coming of night,
and orchestrate its symphony
of celestial light.
Urgency stirs
in a herd of wild Mustangs
this side of the Pryor Mountains
rustled like wind swept prairie grass
they run.
They run
because they can
beautiful and timeless
heartbeats, like hoof prints,
embedded in the land
They run
testing the bounds of their
unseen limits
their breath , strong and fearless, mingling with darkness
taking flight in thin air
towards that dim Western light where
a sun pierced
and dark
falling
falling
into the arms
of the waiting Pacific
waves pounding the shore
like hooves.


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David Conrad11/14/05
Excellent, vivid. I love well written pieces like this one. I'll be back to read it again later, thanks.
dub W11/15/05
Very good free verse.
Garnet Miller 11/15/05
How beautiful and what imagery? Sounds like a place we all should visit. Isn't God's earth breathtaking?! Great poem:)
Jeffrey Snell11/15/05
Wow! Terrific free verse! You did a great job maintaining the same feel and sound throughout.
Alexandra Wilkin11/17/05
This is so very evocative, conjuring strong images. I love the way you have used words like a paint brush on cavass to layer a colourful and vivid picture. This is beautiful. God bless.
Marilyn Schnepp 11/18/05
As a rule, I'm not into free verse; but this was a pleasant, beautiful scene that I could almost touch...awesome and so surreal...thank you for sharing.
Amy Michelle Wiley 11/20/05
I just loved this! Thank you!
Linda Watson Owen11/28/05
chaline, you're a true wordsmith--beautiful writing! I'll be looking for your work each week to read and enjoy!