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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The United Kingdom (01/22/09)

TITLE: An endearing British trait
By Sharon Kane


Where the distant misty peaks blend with the azure-tinted sky,
And the golden eagle soars and wheels then swoops down from on high,
They go rambling in the Highlands where the slopes are cloaked in heather,
And they chat to other hikers of capricious mountain weather.

Where the mighty basalt pillars rise up from the foaming sea
Scraggly remnants of a scheming Irish giant's vanity
Now the children climb and caper as they splash and play together,
While their parents stop and talk about the dreadful Causeway weather.

The bare outlines of the undulating Lancashire hills
Changed forever with the building of the towering cotton mills.
In the golden days of industry when men became so clever
Even then down-trodden factory hands yelled curses to the weather.

Brightly painted boxy houses snaking up the hillside roads
Where the carts once creaked and strained beneath their heavy jet-black loads
Speak of times when it was thought Welsh valley coal would last for ever.
Now the broken miners fill the bars, and moan about the weather.

As they bury one another in the dirty yellow sands,
And fashion shaky castles with their pudgy little hands,
On the crowded beach at Blackpool little children laugh and blather;
While their parents mutter warily of changes in the weather.

The rich architecture of the London skyline testifies
To a thousand years of shaping of a city on the rise.
Here a plethora of pinnacles are pressed and squeezed together
Yet the masses on the crowded streets are grumbling of the weather.

Could the skies above these islands in the North Atlantic Ocean
Really change and turn so freely to excite such great emotion?
Could sunshine, gales, snow, thunder, hail, so blend and weave together?
Oh, yes! And hence the Brits are always talking of the weather!

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Anita van der Elst01/29/09
Who knew that such a commonplace subject as the weather could be so much fun to read about in a poem? Good job!
Helen Paynter01/29/09
Ha ha ha! Very good indeed. You betray a lot of knowledge about our little island - I suspect you're an insider(?)
Great poem - I laughted out loud. Just one line didn't work for me - can't see it as I type but it was the first line in the Lancashire stanza - couldn't get it to scan when I read it aloud. Otherwise - great!
Jan Ackerson 01/31/09
I LOVED this! I found it to be absolutely true when I was there (when the weather was far better than we expected), but it was ALWAYS a topic of conversation.

Really, really good!
Karlene Jacobsen02/02/09
In this little corner of the world that I live, there are two things we can always talk about, the weather and road construction. *smile* For they are constantly moving around us.

Loved the poem.
Myrna Noyes02/05/09
What a clever weather entry!! :) Your poem is very well-written and flows nicely! I especially loved your descriptive word choices!
CONGRATULATIONS on your richly deserved E.C.!!
Sonya Leigh02/05/09
Congratulations on first place and on your EC! Very well done...and may God bless you out on the front lines.
Clyde Blakely02/05/09
Congratulations Sharon on your first plac and the EC. Wonderfully written poem. I've talked with perhaps a hundred WWII veterans here in the States who mention three things about their time in England: the war, of course, several tell me of their war brides, and the weather. But it seems most would like to forget the latter, can't forget the former, and are still in love with their British Lass.
Debbie OConnor02/07/09
That was so much fun. I want to experience the wonderful places you describe and talk to the locals about the weather.
Beth LaBuff 02/08/09
This is so excellent on many levels... love the recurring "weather" theme. Super congrats on your EC!!