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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)

TITLE: Spellbound
By Joan Campbell
04/21/10


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For my father, a true spell weaver,
Who imparted to me
An endearing love of stories.




A time-worn book, heavy with tales,
Rests tenderly on my father’s knee.
At the rustle of the pages we press in close,
Tonight which one will it be?

His resonant voice a spell begins to weave,
Now a whisper…now a shout…now a roar.
Bequeaths life to brave knights and dragons alike
And unlatches our imagination’s door:



Our feet tread soft sand on an island shore
And a breeze kisses sun-scorched skin.
From vacant skies, gulls’ desolate cries
Pierce through the swells’ surging din.

Dark sails advancing on the pitching waves,
Send shivers of suspense, edged with glee.
A treasure as their end, will our champion defend
Against villains set sail o’er the sea?



A furious blaze of devouring flames
Fling fiery confetti to the sky.
The frantic, fierce rhythm of an African drum,
A foreboding that danger prowls nigh.

This cocoon of light, our defence from the night,
But faint rustles fill our thoughts with fear.
At the rumble of a roar, our hearts skip a beat,
For we dread it’s fabled Scar-face we hear.



Silent shadows shift on a mist-clad moor
To the morning-bell’s muffled toll.
Stealthily creep to the looming castle keep
Laying claim to the crown a brother stole.

The keeper’s warning cry, a command and a crash
And the clash of the cold, cruel blade.
A kingdom to be conquered, rebellion crushed
And betrayal’s costly price to be paid.



Stories crafted into place, with passion and pace,
Brought to life through the spell weaver’s skill.
He conjures a charmed carpet from pages worn
Where once words lay lifeless and still.

The adventurous course this woven carpet sails,
Guides explorers to lands far and wide,
Through ages past and those still to come
On a heart-soaring, spellbinding ride.



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Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/22/10
Appreciated the opening dedication, and loved the many word-pictures!
angelos2 wark04/23/10
Well done.

I felt as though I traveled with you. Very descriptive.
Nicole Campbell04/24/10
Very well written. This poem is descriptive and I love the way you used alliteration to emphasise words. Excellant!
Kate Oliver Webb04/24/10
This is really well-done; imaginative and evocative, it held me until the very last line.
Beth LaBuff 04/25/10
You have a great meter in this magical fairy-tale. I'd love to see illustrations for this!
Noel Mitaxa 04/26/10
Picturesque rhythm and cadence; very skilfully woven, almost audible, material. Excellent work, Joan.
Jackie Wilson04/26/10
Spellbinding, indeed. Rich and luscious descriptions that carried me away with you.
Maria Egilsson 04/26/10
Beautiful and spellbinding.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/27/10
How beautiful and uplifting this is. This is such a tribute to your father. It flows with ease and your love is apparent.
Sarah Elisabeth 04/27/10
oooh, I loved this! I was spellbound by your reader, and it was filled with such sentiment, too.

I hope this does well!
Ruth Stromquist04/29/10
A sense of peace started settling on me as I read this, and deepened throughout. Beautifully, beautifully done, and incredibly well crafted.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 40 over-all. Good job! But then you always write the most amazing words!