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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Memory (07/10/08)

TITLE: I Dine With Memory
By Laura Anne Harrison
07/13/08


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I dine with Memory.
And all the Yesterdays
are my special guests.

I sit quietly and watch
the Forefathers of the Present
feast lavishly upon Today,
as if to welcome me
into the former times
of their bygone realm.

I silently observe
as they spread
the bread of Today
with souvenirs,
mementos,
and keepsakes
of Times Past.

I pay close attention
as they fill
the cups of Existing Time
with whispering echoes
of faraway sounds,
exuberant laughter,
and hushed crying.

I listen and I hear murmurs
of what might have been
had all the Yesterdays
lived a little longer Today.
In their hands are photographs
of what used to be.
On their feet are sandals
that have left footprints for the Now.

What shall I do
when Memory has supped
and finished its meal
and walked away
into a Silent Night
where I cannot feel?

What shall I do
when Memory has closed
and locked its door
and left with me
the Nevermore?


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Verna Cole Mitchell 07/17/08
Your symbolism in this free verse is outstanding. This is an awesome poem. I love it.
Betsy Markman07/17/08
This was good. The first stanza was irresistible, and the following imagery did not disappoint.
Holly Westefeld07/17/08
You deftly probe this haunting, daunting concern.
Chely Roach07/20/08
This was amazing...I am blown away. Excellent.
Joanney Uthe07/20/08
I love the metaphor of the first line -- and the entire poem.
Lyn Churchyard07/21/08
WOW! what an awesome entry.
Ellen Dodson07/21/08
Great, concrete way to illustrate memory. And this is very well written, but . . . the ending seems hopeless. The dining situation reminds me a little of The Last Supper. I'm not real sharp when it comes to poetry, but is there a connection? I would love to see one worked in.
LaNaye Perkins07/24/08
I don't know a lot about different styles of peotry. But, I do know that I really liked this poem. Great writing!
Jan Ackerson 10/24/08
LauraAnne, I missed this lovely poem with an extended metaphor the first time around, but I'm so glad I found it now! I plan to feature it for the Front Page Showcase for the week of November 17. Look for it on the FaithWriters Home page, and congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 11/19/08
Laura Anne -- I was trying to pick out a favorite part, but every word choice is so perfect. Your ending is so emotional. Beautiful writing. Congrats on being the FW Front Page Showcase author!