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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: White (10/29/09)

TITLE: A Sonnet in a Haiku Blanket with a White Free-Verse Sauce
By Henry Clemmons
10/31/09


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I was lost in winterís storm
Alone
Except for a memory
Of a picture in my mind
Of a father I never met
I only heard about
From Miss White
In a Sunday school class
My neighbor invited me to
A long time ago

Ö

Albino kitten
Struggles in deep drifting snow
Hungry gray wolf hunts

Ö

While in doorframe with melting snow I pray.
My pale face hides inside my hooded coat.
I whisper weak a word grasping for grace.
But feel silence gripping around my throat.
Wanting to leave I hold my frostbit hand,
And in mid air it hangs frozen and white.
Why do I want to hug this ancient man?
I turn and gaze at blowing snow behind;
I feel a wolf howling his breath is close.
The door opens and warmth whirls me around;
My fatherís hair is white as morning snow.
His nail scarred wrists hand me his golden crown.
Beside His hearth my pasty skin warms red.
The wolf trots off in search of other dead.

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Albino lion
Prances playfully in snow
Reddish sparrows sing


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Patricia Turner11/05/09
I enjoyed the symbolism and imagery in this piece very much.
Sherrie Coronas11/07/09
That's probably the most creative title I've ever seen.
Lollie Hofer 11/09/09
I especially enjoyed the first poem. Never thought to do, uhm, what would you call it? An eclectic smorgasbord of poetic potpourri. Good job thinking outside "the box."
Catrina Bradley 11/10/09
Beautiful.
Beth LaBuff 11/10/09
clever, clever work... I know what message board you've been reading! I love your title too!
Kate Oliver Webb11/10/09
Unique, thought-provoking. Your imagery is very special. A very well-done piece.
Jan Ackerson 11/11/09
These are gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I think my favorite is the couplet that completes the sonnet. Stunning imagery in every piece.