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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Autumn/Fall (08/27/09)

TITLE: Early Autumn Evening in Hilton
By Gillian Dobson
08/28/09


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Pale ice-dome sky rises
Out of a peach-gold sunset,
Arching over the darkening town,
Its vast expanse broken
By cloud-smoke swathes of lilac and grey,
And silhouetted shapes of trees and rooftops.

Flame robed trees,
Pin-oaks, poplars and maples,
Shed their exotic garments piecemeal,
Lifting their nuding limbs to the cold sky,
In dancing defiance
Of winterís presaged chill.

Rubber-soled joggers
Lost in their iPod worlds and
Deaf to the barking of neighbourhood dogs,
Crunch carelessly over the gold-brown carpet of leaves
That smothers the road verges,
And puff breath clouds measure their cadent passing.

As gloom descends and ice-blue sky turns to dusky grey,
Street lights open their bright eyes
Winking a welcome
To home bound cars
And wood-smoke drifts from tall chimneys
Silhouetted black
Against the charcoal sky.

My spirits lift
As a voice within,
Speaking of light and warmth,
Of armchairs and fire light
And air redolent
With the smell of home cooking
Calls me home to my hillside refuge.


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Lisa Johnson 09/04/09
Nicely written...makes you want to close the doors and shutters, and hunker down for awhile by a nice warm fire.
Allen Stark09/04/09
I love it when my mind can be opened to new ways of looking at things. However, when it comes to raking the leaves on my acre and a half...
Lisa Johnson 09/10/09
I knew I liked this when I first read it. Congratulations on the first place level win, and on placing in EC.
Bryan Ridenour09/10/09
Wonderfully written and great descriptions. Congrats on your EC!