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

TITLE: Encountering the Wardrobe
By Emily Gibson
01/28/09


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(A visit to C.S. Lewis' childhood wardrobe at the Wade Center at Wheaton College)

The black oak wardrobe with
Intricate wood carving by his grandfather
Bears a sign which reads:
“We do not take responsibility for people disappearing.”

This is no mere piece of furniture;
Enchantment hangs within
Among the furs and cloaks
Smelling faintly of mothballs.

Touch the smooth wood,
Open the doors barely
To be met with a faint cool breeze~
Hints of snowy woods and adventure.

Reach inside to feel smooth soft furs
Move aside to allow dark passage
Through to another world, a pathway to
Cherished imagination of the soul.

Follow the path to feel the mists of the moors,
Hear honks of cabbies in Piccadilly,
Taste the gardens of Beatrix Potter,
And swim the icy lochs of Scotland.

Here are tall white cliffs
And there are stern henges of stone
Echoing within expansive cathedrals and Roman ruins,
All mystery, ancestry and history together.

Seek a destination for mind and heart,
A journey through the wardrobe,
Navigate the night path to reach a
Lit lone lamp post in the wood.

Beaming light as it shines undimmed,
A beacon calling us home, back home
Through the open door, to step out transformed,
No longer lost or longing, now found and filled.


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Benjamin Graber01/29/09
Oh, I like this one... So much imagination is packed into this poem!
Jan Ackerson 01/30/09
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
Karlene Jacobsen 02/03/09
I love the connection to the wardrobe and the invitation to adventure and enchantment through the imagination of the soul.
Chely Roach02/03/09
This is SO creative, so magical, so well done. I think you truly captured the essence of the wonder of the wardrobe. LOVED IT!
Dianne Janak02/05/09
Congrats on placing in the EC.. beautiful story about the famous wardrobe... loved the imagery. Very creative idea.
Marilyn Schnepp 02/05/09
Nicely done! However, I miss the rhythm and flow of Traditional poetry. (Of course, that's just my personal preference and doesn't take away from the words or sentiment.) I still enjoyed the read and "Congratulations" for placing in Winners Circle.
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/05/09
Congratulations on placing with this lovely poem. The imagery is beautiful.
Myrna Noyes02/05/09
LOVELY! In my imagination, I entered the enchanted wardrobe through your wonderfully-written piece! My favorite stanza was:
"This is no mere piece of furniture;
Enchantment hangs within
Among the furs and cloaks
Smelling faintly of mothballs."
CONGRATULATIONS on your E.C. win!! :)
Debbie OConnor02/07/09
This is lovely. I enjoyed the description and relived my own Narnia experience as I read your words. Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 02/08/09
I love what you did with this... how creative...! Congrats on your EC, Emily!