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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: Puzzling It Out
By Emily Gibson
09/13/08


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In a corner of the kitchen
By the window
On a card table with a lamp
Lies an unfinished jigsaw puzzle.

Take a moment
To create order out of chaos
Fit a piece to its unique spot
Finding connection, completion, continuity.

First the border pieces
Placed to create boundaries of
Firm foundational building blocks
Outside which stray in peril.

Then grouping ‘like’ pieces-
Creating community to find the fit;
Some pieces blend together while others
Seem to go nowhere at all.

Turn and twist each part to find the way
It connects to another even if it doesn’t seem to belong
Too irregular, wrong size or strange color-
It still has its place yet to be discovered.

The holes in the puzzle become
Unfulfilled potential at the edge of precipice,
Often more emptiness than substance
Awaiting bridging bonds.

Slow progress to fill the gaps
Finding relationships from edge to edge
To fit together what seemed an impossibility
When scattered about at random with no order.

Like instruments of the orchestra blended,
Or intertwined threads of a tapestry,
Life’s fragmented puzzle once completed
Becomes magnificent masterpiece, whole and holy.


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Shelley Ledfors 09/21/08
This is lovely. A nice "feel" to this piece, and a great message, as well. Well done!
Chely Roach09/21/08
Very nice word choices...a lovely poem. Excellent:)
Jan Ackerson 09/21/08
Wonderful free verse poetry, and I particularly appreciate your lovely use of alliteration.
Sunny Loomis 09/22/08
I like jigsaw puzzles. I could see this one coming together. Very nicely done. Good wording.
Celeste Ammirata09/22/08
Great poetry. I like the idea comparing life to a puzzle, where it's not finished until all the pieces are where they're supposed to be. Nicely done with great choice of words.
Scott Sheets09/22/08
I loved this line 'creating community to find the fit.' Nice alliteration and beautifuly message. Nice Job!
Marijo Phelps09/24/08
With you standing by I might even consider attempting a jigsaw puzzle - very well written - great analogy.
Karlene Jacobsen 09/24/08
Love the adaptation of a puzzle in this. I have a friend who once received a similar word picture through a puzzle. Very good!
Yvette Roelofse09/24/08
This is so beautifully written. I, too, love puzzles...of all kinds :)