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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: the color of cherries in a warm baked cherry pie
By Jim McWhinnie
10/04/09


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a red ribbon,
the color of cherries in a warm baked cherry pie,
marked the passing of her time,
each day it traveled one more mile of holy thought,
across the creamy pages, one by one,
a quiet conversation
between a soul so long devoted
and a soul so long divine.

a red ribbon,
the color of the wine of Sunday morn,
in a tiny, crystal cup,
held in the Sunday morning light,
a quiet communion
between a soul so long searching
and a soul so long found.

a red ribbon,
first draped across the holy words,
then through her lady fingers,
there delicately flowing as if stroked by motherís love,
the once silent words now become
the whispers of an unseen Love,
then a pause,
a prayerful gaze through the white lace curtained window,
then a peaceful gentle smile
as she smooths the red ribbon upon its newest page,
a book is closed, a book is touched, a book is placed in its waiting place,
knowing that tomorrow will always come.

a red ribbon,
the color of raspberries on the summer vine,
still marks the passing of my time,
now my autumn time,
so filled with distant memories,
of those childhood prayerful moments,
while I turn these last few morning pages
of my motherís holy book,
in the dawn of one more holy day.


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Allen Stark10/09/09
Nice work with the theme. I like your free verse.
Jan Ackerson 10/09/09
This is just wonderful! So many great images and phrases! One of my favorites so far.
Teresa Lee Rainey10/13/09
Your imagery is beautiful. Love this entry in every way.
Betty Castleberry10/14/09
This is lovely. So many images to like. Well done.
Laury Hubrich 10/14/09
I was salivating and I don't even like cherry pie. Great entry:)
Aaron Morrow10/14/09
Exceptional work. Though not my favored genre, it definitely engaged my attention throughout.
Loren T. Lowery10/14/09
Nicely done, indeed. A joy to read and savor.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/14/09
Wow! This is gorgeous poetry--thought and word. You excelled!
Brenda Shipman10/14/09
Lovely pictures presented here, marking the graceful passing of time. Loved the "red ribbon" line introducing each stanza (perhaps "Red Ribbon" might have made a better title?) Good job.
Pamela Kliewer10/14/09
Absolutely lovely and breath taking.
Genia Gilbert10/15/09
Congratulations on your HC! Well deserved, wonderful poem.
Mona Purvis10/15/09
So well-deserved, Jim. The subject you chose is just so creative and add to that the warmth with which only you can touch a subject...and it's just excellent.

Mona
Charla Diehl 10/21/09
Beautiful imagery in this well written entry--congrats on the HC.