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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)

TITLE: LIMELIGHT LILLY
By vincent lyons
05/06/09


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Limelight Lilly loved the spotlight,
Trod life’s catwalk in her prime,
Her melodies of sweet delight
Made her a heart-throb in her time.

Much favoured by the town’s elite
She wined and dined on sumptuous fare;
Then all the world was at her feet,
Loved and feted everywhere.

But gradually as years went by
The claws of time would take their toll—
Too many fingers in the pie!!
Her life was other’s to control.

The voice began to lose its pitch,
Long wrinkled years began to show,
Her life that moved without a glitch
Had lost its glamour and its glow.

Her suitors moved to other fields,
To them she now was “out of date”—
She’d nothing left of much appeal—
They fled and left her to her fate.

Now abandoned on life’s scrapheap,
Unloved, unwanted and alone,
With only memories to keep--
In twilight years the limelight’s gone.

Today we laid her in the ground,
No rapt audience gathered there,
With no fanfare, without a sound,
As Pastor said the final prayer.

Limelight Lilly’s left the spotlight—
No ornate tombstone bears her name—
Gone out of mind and out of sight:
How fleet of foot is flitting fame!!


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Beth LaBuff 05/11/09
I love everything about your name "Limelight Lilly" (the alliteration and the consonance). The use of words like "catwalk" and "heart-throb" in your first stanza, along with "limelight" add so much. You have many good poetic elements in this poem and your ending sentence is fabulous. "How fleet of foot is flitting fame!!"
Linda Wright05/12/09
You have done a good job showing how fleeting physical beauty and fame are. If only Limelight Lilly had known that a gentle and quiet spirit in a Godly woman is truly beautiful and that it only improves with age, and is never out-dated. Great lessons expressed in this poem!
Dolores Stohler05/14/09
How sad and how true! If we pursue life's pleasures we'll miss the big one at the end --the true treasure of the Kingdom of God. I liked this poem.
Janice Fitzpatrick05/14/09
This is so good and very sad, partly because it is true to life. A very moving lesson! Thank you for sharing this beautiful piece with us!! Congrats on your win too! God bless!
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/14/09
Congratulations on your win with this delightful poem.
Lollie Hofer 05/14/09
How did I miss this poem before now? The title alone would have normally pulled me in. Congratulations on your recognition. This was a well-written poem with a strong message. You were true to your rhyme and rhythm all the way through. Well done!
Rhonda Schrock05/19/09
This is a creative use of the topic...and is full of truth. It makes me think of things like priorities, character, and what really, truly matters. Which means you did your job.