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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Judgment Day
By Linda Germain


Stories I have read number in the hundreds
Each a tiny piece of the writer’s soul
Offered up for inspection and a verdict
Gauged against what has passed before

Some are natural artists born to bask in the gift
Availed to those who reach the deepest parts
With expressive pens dipped in wells of creativity
That take our breath away

Like canvas to a Master painter, the screen or paper waits in
Quiet submission, ready to provide a resting place for words
Woven in rich colors until the tapestry speaks in whispers or in
Screams – but always speaks

That bar of excellence to which true scriveners strive
To clothe every phrase in perfection is polished to a shine so
Grand the world will gasp in stunned admiration at
Beauty Wrought to give conscious voice to the point

My eyes have lain on other works that wrench my heart with the
Trying of the thing –the sheer determination wrapped in purple
Prose’s robe and flung into outer space expecting to be
Awarded judicious ruling as a winner, when the crack is in the lack

With barely nod to basic composition’s rules, boundaries ignored,
The dashed-off string of phrases seem to beg for punctuation aid
Stamped with assault to any self-respecting document, the draft
Is cold from un-proofed holes and dies, too anemic to stand alone

Many pay the dues and learn the cues and forge on until the
Story’s done, content to reach a few and see a name in print
Then wander off to other muses calling with the lure of doing
Different things more fun or stretching to the mind

Some will strain and sweat, tapping wisdom from the Master
Proven, knowing, God help us all, there is no cure for addiction
To the drawing from the endless palette, scenes to touch the
Senses and the heart, bold or tender, but with a message

From the reader’s point of view when seated with a gavel,
The only public record seen is what the author brings before
Judicious members, and how prepared he is to state his case,
Upper and lower, in the best way he knows how

The worth in written words lies in intention and the art, but also
In the soul from whence they flow, the effort risked for
Validation of our thoughts, the hope of reaching others with a
Truth implied or blatant, and to the sentence fully served

In this, our great endeavor, writers bound to make the grade,
We keep on plugging at the craft aiming for the fourth estate, or higher
Viewed eccentric, or even odd, by those who are not helpless to
The summons -- we carry on, always having one more writ to reveal

The ones whose only choice is writing must give Response to that
Ability and answer skill’s ideal, composed to show just cause until
We’re each called into His Highest Honor’s Chambers by a
Trumpet blast to signal, “Court’s adjourned…ALL RISE”.

There is dénouement and an end. Word seeds grow and flourish
Giving comfort or advice, sharing witness to the things we learned
And finally, in the last hurrah, after judgment of our works, we
Wait to hear, “Well done,” and know the best is yet to come.

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Delores Baber01/18/07
Beautiful. How true. Every word we write or utter has an impact, for good or bad. Yes we are told we will give an annount on that day. I'm sure you join with me in prayer that something we have written or said has brought forth fruit, golden fruit. Loved this piece.
Sally Hanan01/20/07
Very deep and meaty and beautiful - thanks for the late night dinner :)
Joanne Sher 01/20/07
So, so much to think on here - and much to learn. This was fascinating to me, and begs to be read numerous times.
Sharlyn Guthrie01/22/07
There is so much to absorb here. Your content is well-develped and stated. In my humble opinion however, it seems more like prose than poetry (even though your choice of words is poetic). For that reason, I found the lack of punctuation and the capitalization at the beginning of each line a bit distracting in this particular piece. It certainly does not detract from your creativity and the overall content, though. Your writing is superb!
Crista Darr01/24/07
Deep, indeed. I would have preferred this to be more concise, highlighting the gems throughout. Very creative thoughts on judgment. This piece fascinates me.