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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Word Puppeteer
By June Dickie
04/27/10


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I never know
quite what they'll do,
these words that jump alive:

march straight like soldiers,
two by two,
or run away and dive,
and leap
and laugh,
and play
and hide
or quietly wait for me,
to usher them to their marked seat,
the place where they should be.

Sometimes they rustle in their skirts,
showing off their finery
they curtsy, and,
with heads demure,
look shyly up at me.

And should I give the nod, their eyes
are filled with ecstasy
they dance,
and glide,
and toss their heads
and float in harmony.

And as I join with them, I find
they've led me back to
You,
the One who pulls their strings,
and mine,
to show me something new.

For you the one who spoke the word,
that brought all things to be,
still now you speak
and move our hearts,
and show us how to see
and how to share the truth you give,
to shape and chisel fine,
that little marks of black on white
might be a breath divine.


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Benjamin Graber04/29/10
Ohhhh! Wonderful composition - I really loved this poem! It is a work of art both beautiful and inspiring!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
Beautiful and oh so true.
Marilyn Schnepp 04/29/10
Ultra Neat! So cleverly done, and even though short and sweet - it tells it like it is, "word-wise". Really enjoyed this one! Thanks for sharing your skilful craft with us!
Karen Pourbabaee 05/02/10
Creative, playful, and beautiful too. I would capitalize Word and all the You's in your last stanza for clarity.
Great job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
I enjoy it more the more I read it. Congratulations on your EC
Beth LaBuff 05/06/10
Love your title for this exquisitly written poem. Wonderful poetic format, too. Congrats on your ribbon AND Editor's Choice!