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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write something in the YOUNG ADULT or TEEN genre (06/07/07)

TITLE: HIGHWAY ONE
By Kenn Allan
06/14/07


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HIGHWAY ONE

Beyond discarded childhood dreams and old protective walls,
A restless spirit stirs awake and from the highway calls;
It tempts with whispered promises of trophies yet bestowed,
And shares adventures which await upon the open road.

An awesome shell of chrome and glass stands worthy of respect,
Inviting some to peer inside while others to reflect;
A key is turned, it springs to life with rich and throaty roar
And strains at shackles born of youth in search of something more.

The work is done to pave a way for power so entrusted,
With lessons tightened into place and attitudes adjusted;
No trace of smoke is seen dispelled nor additives ensnare,
Just muscle built upon a mix of hi-grade fuel and air.

Restraining doors are flung aside and freedom comes to sight,
A gentle mesh of gears is heard and rolls into the night;
No thrill can give a virgin heart more reason to rejoice
Than racing throttle opened wide towards every gleaming choice.

No shame is felt for those who choose to cruise a slower paceó
The goal is not to finish first but stay within the race,
And courtesies expected should be offered first in kind,
With pitfalls marked in blind respect for those who come behind.

Steep tolls are paid along the way for keeping fancy free
And wisdom whizzes past the glass, at times too fast to see;
But faith in God and lessons learned light up the road ahead
And navigate the moonless nights when angels fear to tread.

When all good journeys meet the sky, a destination looms
Beneath a blazing neon sign announcing vacant rooms;
No traveler is turned away who seeks the rising Son,
And dreams forgotten live again at end of HIGHWAY ONE.


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Dee Yoder 06/14/07
Wow, this is a wonderful poem about the open-ended future of the young adult. The images created are awesome!
Loren T. Lowery06/15/07
Clever and appropriate poetic analogy for those YA's starting out on their journey of life. Really enjoyed the poem.
Marilee Alvey06/16/07
This was artfully done. It is certainly worthy of publication. Life's journey is captured, replete with all of its temptations, pitfalls, and trophies that entice. I like the image of a road and our journey over it, and that speed is of no consequence. The ending, of course, is my favorite. Home at last! Very, very well done and totally befitting a Master!
Sharlyn Guthrie06/17/07
This would be a perfect poem to share with high school graduates. Excellent message!
Joanne Sher 06/18/07
Great description and lesson that teens will certainly relate to. Enjoyed this very much.
Jacquelyn Horne06/20/07
Smooth reading poem.
Sara Harricharan 06/20/07
Very nice! I like it. My favorite line was :
"Just muscle built upon a mix of hi-grade fuel and air. "
Great writing!
Trevas Walker06/20/07
I love this poem, I know it was written for teens but as I read it I found myself reminiscing of my own teens...Great poem!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/20/07
Your poetry and message are perfect, as awlays. You are, indeed, a master writer.
Catrina Bradley 06/20/07
Great analogy that teen boys can relate to - a muscle car!
Benjamin Graber06/20/07
What can I say? Like all of your poetry, this is great!!!
Julie Arduini06/20/07
I loved it, the imagery and symbolism. Excellent!