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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: This Longest Evening
By Jeffrey Snell
12/11/05


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Falling, helpless, at the earth's
Mercy;
Bouncing on the loam, or mud
Or Soil,
My time of standing tall ends
Swiftly,
Disturbs the landscape, the sky
Kingdom.
Air where perch once cradled finch,
Squirrel,
Mighty anchors tear the skin
Open
Bring forth blood of dirt, of Man's
Making.
Whether by water, or bolt
Of light,
By determined wind or axe
Head swung,
Drinkers of light and air now
Lay low,
Resting, now for one last change
In hue.
He has chosen the time for
My fall;
Ordained the moment for land
To hold
And feed and regenerate
New growth.
A new purpose, strength to strength
To life,
Nursing young starts, my family
Of sorts,
Making way for fresh shade and
Coolness.
When decades pass, my body
To Mulch,
Those that grew and stand carry
Onward,
Serving in silent life His
Image.
Comforting, cooling, soothing,
Cover,
Waiting for His voice, the great
Release;
That day, to be again what
He made
Before this longest evening
Began.


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Kris St. James12/16/05
This entry is just too cryptic. IMO, poetry is sometimes flowery, but always clear. My approach to writing a poem is to write out in plain words what I want to say, then begin to tighten, tighten, tighten until what you have is the "essence"; the meaning. Keep it up, just think about clarity as you write.
Pat Guy 12/18/05
I enjoy a good think! And this leaves open the joy of 'private interpratation!'(even though you might not have written it that way) Crypic words used well so the reader has to 'dig' and engage their creativity! :)