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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: Winter's Siesta
By Brandi Roberts
11/20/05


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The earth sleeps under winter's woolen blanket. Pastures of white reveal the fingerprints of passersby. Wistful faces watch the world through frosty panes of glass. The ever-greens adorn gloves of shimmery ivory silk, while the tall poplars bare their skin for all to see, not ashamed of their apparent nakedness.

Visitors dash from door to door, each breath a disappearing cloud. Little ones trudge through knee-deep powder, their movements hindered with each layer of supposed warmth. The eaves of the village are graced with icy daggers, dripping liquid cold onto unsuspecting victims.

Death and barrenness have made their arrival. The chase of vanity becomes a frigid adventure. Trials have turned to trails to the cellar. The soft sheet of gray drifts from the rooftops downward, weighing heavy on the minds of the many who seek the sun.

Marvel, dear saints, at the splendor of silence. Rejoice, laborers of the field, for the plentiful harvest has come in. Give thanks, thou elect, to the Master of every season. Sleep, oh creation, for the King has granted thee rest. Refresh thyself in the delight of the Lord.


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Marilyn Schnepp 11/21/05
The BEST description of winter I've read so far! It's short, which I like - and paints a vivid picture of the subject...WINTER. Thanks
Jesus Puppy 11/24/05
A vivid description. Well worded, and ever flow through out... Well done.
Sally Hanan11/24/05
Nicely descriptive. Senses of those in the snow would have made it even better.
Shari Armstrong 11/24/05
A very psalm-like piece - well done!
Laurie Glass11/24/05
Very nice descriptions. Well done.
Pat Guy 11/24/05
This is really good! I love the progression of this and the absolutely lovely ending! Well done! :)
Julianne Jones11/25/05
Great descriptive piece. I could picture it so vividly even though our winters are obviously milder. Good work.
Debbie Sickler11/25/05
I really liked the line about the poplars baring their skin unashamedly and the daggers dripping on unsuspecting victims. Really nice imagery. Good job!
Garnet Miller 11/25/05
How nice! I guess winter is a time of rest and hibernation for the earth. And, how beautiful it is!
Nina Phillips11/25/05
Lovely and descriptive. A time for everything.
Nice post. God bless ya, littlelight
Jan Ackerson 11/26/05
Oh, how pretty! Anytime someone can make me think winter is lovely (I hate it), they've done a masterful piece of writing. Bravo!
B Brenton11/28/05
Bravo! Such energy, such description and short enough to hold my attention ;)
Kenny Blade11/29/05
Great work! I had to put a sweater on after I read this... You have a very vivid brush that you paint with... look forward to reading more of your work.