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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: Something Went Wrong
By Allen Stark
03/16/10


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A couple of years ago I had an opportunity to visit an old run-down, forgotten farm. People had wondered why it had remained empty for so long without a buyer. The place had some good features and even a few old antiques, which had been left behind. So my brother and I, having nothing better to do one day, decided to go and take a look at it. The following poem says best what we discovered as we visited the old place.

Something went wrong
says the empty farm house
in the weed-choked yard,
at the end of the narrow
rutted road.

Something went wrong
says the worn boots
sitting beside the empty corn bin
in the leaky old barn.

Something went wrong
says the rags
forced into cracks of windows
and places plaster had been.

Something went wrong
says the abandoned sand box
made from a John Deere tire,
where lies a half-buried rubber toy cow.

Something went wrong
says the Bible,
in the unopened box,
lying on the dusty floor.

We don't always have an answer for everything, but sometimes what isn't said speaks louder than what people may be saying or conjecturing. The old saying, A picture is worth a thousand words, proved itself to be true, as my brother and I stood and surveyed the scene before us.

What legacy will you leave behind when you move on? Man is always building bridges of concrete, steel and wood only to be destroyed by weather and wars. The only bridges that are guaranteed to reach from the past to the present and on into the future are those made of paper. Paper is known to carry some of the heaviest loads mankind can conceive. That is why I spend so much time writing and building paper bridges.


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stanley Bednarz 03/19/10
I was hoping to get some splendid descriptions in a story when you first started it. I did like the saying, "Building Paper Bridges." Nice.
AnneRene' Capp 03/19/10
Well at the risk of sounding like "Bill and Ted"...Most Excellent! I like everything about this. :)
Marilyn Schnepp 04/16/10
Neat story, however, I'm partial to poetic rhymed poetry. The prose did tell a story of "what might have gone wrong" and had some very good thoughts. A truly enjoyable read. Short and to the point! Well done!
Rachel Burkum06/11/10
Good stuff. Made me stop and think to digest the words.