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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Encouragement (among believers) (11/08/07)

TITLE: Hug on a Wall
By Janice Cartwright
11/15/07


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I am light of the waning sun, master of many things, as they are mine:
tree and branch, their leaves, screen wire, glassy pane, slatted shade,
gauzy immaterial; they lead I follow, I guide they go after: we dance.
I am sent.

I am wind, tempered to a breeze; I arise from four corners of earth
and drive a thousand miles over seas and through a thousand trees:
bluster at giants, puff at hills, gust along until I meet my destination.
I am sent.

I am tree; I yield my trunk, my branches and my foliage to the sun,
the wind and the rain, earth and drought and copse of other trees.
Sometimes wind rules and sometimes light and sometimes me.
I am sent.

I am shadow, dark side, stepchild of elements; lacking substance or joy.
Though without me nothing is manifest, deep down I am nothing at all:
foil to light, gloom to bright, murk to sight, shady necessary character.
I am sent.

I am wall, flat nobody, mute man-made thing, comicís straight man.
Like moon I can only mirror: I possess no light or dark to call my own.
An impartial, empty sheet of white, I wait in this room for my destiny.
I am sent.

I am beauty, opus of all, symphony in shades of light; there is no time in me,
for I am eternity, the call beyond the garden wall: gift of grace, cinematic magic.
Gaze on me and watch while I flicker, ululate, plash and play to etherís echo.
I am encouragement.


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Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/15/07
You give the reader much to contemplate... good!
william price11/16/07
Impressive. Can't tell you why, but I liked this. It moved me and, yes, encouraged me. God bless.
Joanne Sher 11/17/07
Much to ponder - and some fascinating images. Keep writing.
Beth LaBuff 11/18/07
Your writing projects so many images. The words you use dance. Your last paragraph is my favorite, "I am beauty, opus of all, symphony in shades of light...Gaze on me and watch while I flicker, ululate, plash and play to etherís echo. I am encouragement."
Beautiful writing.
Jan Ackerson 11/19/07
Gorgeous, gorgeous imagery.
Dee Yoder 11/20/07
What a wonderful way to describe this often fleeting emotion. I love the animation you gave to this topic word. The title is really good, too.
Sharlyn Guthrie11/20/07
Your poem is gorgeous and packed with feeling. The last stanza is simply breathtaking.