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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Australia or New Zealand (01/15/09)

TITLE: The Walkabout
By Emily Gibson
01/19/09


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I wake restless, knowing
Time is moving on and so must I.
In my dreams, the spirits lit the path
I must follow.

I must move on, reaching out for the land.

The dust beneath my feet
Rises up with each step
To cling, traveling with me
Along this journey.

I must move on, holding close to the land.

The sun rises behind me
An orb of expanding orange flame
Across the horizon, heating my skin
Moistening with sweat dripping.

I must move on, watering the land.

The plants, scarce, speak to me
Birds cry out as they pass over
The howling hills call to me
My throat hums with each step.

I must move on, singing with the land.

The sun sets fiery before me
Pulling me forward, my stick in hand,
Drawing me toward the end of day,
To sit quiet by flame now grounded.

I must move on, dwelling within the land.

The sickle shaped moon casts no shadow
As I wrap myself in sleep,
Wandering in my mindís landscape
To follow where dreams lead.

I must move on, looking for another land

Another song
Another dream
Another hope
In which I can finally rest.


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Karlene Jacobsen 01/23/09
Beautiful poem!
Linda Payne01/25/09
I loved your poem. The words and images were so descriptive. I had the sense that while we love this land/earth we are on, we still long for that heavenly home.
Jan Ackerson 01/25/09
Gorgeous, Emily!
Chely Roach01/25/09
I love the repetition and the gorgeous imagery. Lovely poem...
Joy Faire Stewart01/25/09
So beautiful, loved it.
Glynis Becker 01/25/09
Beautiful imagery and great descriptions. I could feel that dust under my feet!
Catrina Bradley 01/25/09
Beautiful imagery and soothing rhythm. I especially like the repeated single line, changing with each stanza. Nice!
Dee Yoder 01/26/09
Beautiful and lovely in its imagery and form!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/27/09
Beautifully written. I loved your word choices and thought the ending was stunning.
Benjamin Graber01/29/09
This is such a beautiful, vivid poem... It is one of my favorite pieces that I've read so far!
Benjamin Graber01/29/09
Oh, and I really love that ending... :-)