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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Markers of a Time Forgotten
By Dara Sorensen


Deep within an ageless forest
Where light and sound doth fade,
The passage of time seems to stem
To those who tread this glade.

Within this dell between time’s weeds,
Covered by countless years
Four faded gravestones catch the eye
A sight that one reveres.

Beneath a tree with sprawling roots
A tall white marker stands—
Enshrouded in a veil of moss,
Reflecting a life once grand.

Another stone stands tall within
The regal marker’s wake.
The only words that do remain:
“The Lord my soul doth take.”

Yonder within the shaded grove,
Two smaller stones still lie—
Akin in size, shape and shade
The two sit side by side.

One little stone is chipped and cracked,
A victim of the years.
The other fares little better,
Erased by heaven’s tears.

Four lonely graves within the grove,
Abandoned to the past.
Bygone memories, cherished lives—
Forgotten oh so fast.

Our lives are but a moment now
On this temporal sphere.
Seasons pass and memories fade
Relics of yesteryear.

These four stones will surely crumble
As time and years pass by.
But these four lives will surely wake
With the final trumpet’s cry.

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Julie Arduini05/24/07
This is classically written, like one a high school English teacher would use to show students the beauty of the genre. I enjoyed this very much.
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
Nice message with a pleasant, easy flow.
Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
This is great. The flow is wonderful.
Jacquelyn Horne05/26/07
Beautiful! Very well written. Wonderful pov.
Joy Faire Stewart05/28/07
The last verse was my favorite but love everything about the poem...excellent message and descriptions. I could see the old cemetery.
Jan Ackerson 05/28/07
Wonderful imagery!

Makes me want to know more about the lives of these people...a nice touch on your part.
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
I like how you so clearly showed that even though the stones that mark the grave of lives lived long ago were forgotten, there were real people behind the names, who will live again.
Joanne Sher 05/29/07
Very contemplative and lovely. I also loved the last stanza especially.
william price05/29/07
Some great stanzas. Very descriptive. Extremely nice job. God bless.
Bryan Coomes05/29/07
I really enjoyed this. Especially liked alot of the words you chose which, to me, gave it an "older" feel which worked well considering the subjects. Nice uplifting ending and the poem flowed well.
Cassie Memmer05/29/07
Very nice and picturesque. With the ultimate hope at the end. Nice writing!
Rita Garcia05/30/07
I always enjoy your writing...a wonderful gift you have been blessed with!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/30/07
You presented so well the wonderful hope of the Christian.
dub W05/30/07
Good message, good flow. A nice job overall.
Myrna Noyes05/30/07
I loved the sentiment and feeling in this well-written poem! A few years ago, I stood among a few worn, vandalised grave markers in a grove of trees on a farm. The scene moved me so much that I, too, wrote a poem about it. Your piece reminded me of that day. Thank you for sharing this touching poem.
Lynda Lee Schab 05/31/07
Depressing and hopeful all at the same time (that's a good thing that you were able to capture both emotions!) Beautifully written.