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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Asia (02/26/09)

TITLE: The War Correspondent's Last Story
By Henry Clemmons
02/27/09


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Lifeless words remain scattered pebbles on bloodied Pacific shores
Unwritten thoughts lie breathless, paralyzed
Undead remains of unfinished chores
The fire was hot, its scream was short
Twenty-two seconds before the final hour
The reporter was silenced, dead, on the beach of Okinawa.

His typewriter sits on my desk
Alone
Sunlit by an open drape
Its letters were worn
Some
More than others
Four smeared with blood.

What final story
Image
Was my friend attempting
To share
In the echo of
Machine guns blare?
I stared
At the red stained keys
… And cried.

Warm winds wisp o’er sea bleached sand on tranquil Pacific shores
I stand amid undefined thoughts, sails with no wind
Undead hopes in search of new chores
Daybreak’s breeze was cool and calm was its voice
Twenty-two seconds before my first hour
I heard the last word typed on the beach of Okinawa

J
E
S
U
S

Selah.


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Margaret Gass03/06/09
Wonderful alliteration in "warm winds wisp." I like the fact that the correspondent knew Him, and the gentle ending to this story.
Laury Hubrich 03/08/09
This is such a sad piece yet because we know the correspondent was a Christian - it's okay. Very creative.
Fiona Dorothy Stevenson03/09/09
Very poignant. Very well expressed. God bless you.
Lyn Churchyard03/10/09
Loved it. Well done.
Karlene Jacobsen 03/10/09
For a "quickie" this is incredible.
Connie Dixon03/11/09
This was short and sweet but gave much attention to detail and description. The poem magnified the heart of the writer. Good job!
Mary McLeary03/11/09
Very strong character. Would love to see him developed in a story.
Jan Ackerson 03/13/09
Wonderful imagery, a lovely bit of alliteration, and the mood is perfectly rendered. You pack oodles of meaning into every syllable you write. Awesome.