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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Light and Dark (05/21/09)

TITLE: A Flicker to Calm the Frightened
By Bryan Ridenour
05/27/09


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A lullaby, a whispered prayer,
Loving kisses on the brow,
Sweet dreams wished, the light blown out,
The sandman comes; he comes right now.

Mother tiptoes from the room,
A dark and stormy night,
Claps of thunder shake the room,
The toddler wakes in fright.

Shadows dancing, eerily prancing,
Imagination wild,
Monsters groaning, a whimpered moaning,
Time to soothe a wide-eyed child.

“A candle please, oh mother dear,
The darkness scares me so,
Fang-ed creatures, furry beasts,
Flying to and fro.”

“There are no creatures,” mother said,
“Creeping, crawling, free.
‘Tis shadows playing in the room,
No beasts to fear, you see.”

“But mother dear, a noise I heard,
At window pane ‘tis true.”
“My child fear not, the wind it howls,
A limb has frightened you.”

The candle dimly lit the room,
No monsters on the floor,
The maple’s limb on windowpane,
The scraping scares no more.

“My child remember in your heart,
For what I say ‘tis true,
God never slumbers; nor doth sleep,
He watches over you.”

“Now close your eyes and say a prayer,
His peace your heart can fill.
The noise and shadows of this night,
Replaced with ‘Peace be still.’”


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Sharon Laughter 05/28/09
Absolutely awesome.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/09
This is very reminiscent of the poetry of my youth--I enjoyed it very much.
Lollie Hofer 06/02/09
Lovely poem. The imagery was great. Well done.
Patricia Herchenroether06/03/09
Really great imagery and a lovely poem.
Connie Dixon06/03/09
I loved this: A poem that actually makes sense to me and tells a story. I sometimes wonder the purpose of poetry but this one hit the mark. Good job!
Chely Roach06/03/09
Ahhh, this was a beautiful glimpse into a sweet and timeless story. Lovely poem...
Carol Slider 06/03/09
This is so sweet and beautiful. Loved it!
Colin Swann06/03/09
Absolutely wonderful - loved it! Colin
Betty Castleberry06/03/09
I really like this. Love the sentiment, and the rhyme and meter are wonderful.
Pamela Kliewer06/03/09
Absolutely delightful.
Sara Harricharan 06/03/09
Reads smoothly like an old-fashioned story book, with just the right touch of charm! Loved it! ^_^
Karlene Jacobsen 06/03/09
This was really smooth, easy reading.
Mona Purvis06/03/09
Lots of flavor in this poem. There are poets of years long past who would have been a fan. I'm a fan, too.
Mona