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

TITLE: Bletchley Park Revisited
By Margaret Kearley


Gnarled, wrinkled hand, blue-veined and thin
With paper-like transparent skin
Grasped knobble-headed walking cane
To trace the path of youth again,
And back to life, from memory dark,
Poured sights and sounds of Bletchley Park.

With misted eyes, she strained to see
The bare-brick huts, haphazardly
Strewn here and there, as if by chance,
Each taking up a lonely stance.
A strong flame grew, lit by the spark
Of renewed love for Bletchley Park.

And once again, in her mind’s eye
The boys and girls all hurried by.
Their chatter offering brief relief
To suffering hearts in war-time grief.
She almost heard the odd remark
From colleagues, friends, at Bletchley Park.

The huts now still and silent lay,
If walls could talk – what would they say?
For here lay secrets never shared,
Never revealed, never compared,
The past lay hidden in the dark,
Carefully concealed at Bletchley Park.

She stood before the huge machine,
Peculiarly still and clean,
Then raised an age-d, trembling hand
To touch again her one-time ‘friend’.
Once more she was a teenage clerk
Deciphering codes at Bletchley Park.

What skill the enemy devised
In code, hidden even from the wise.
They boasted it could not be solved,
Such was the intellect involved.
But every dot and dash and mark
Was scrutinised at Bletchley Park.

And never guessed was the sheer might
Of thousands working day and night.
Young minds, intent, eager and keen
To break the Nazi war machine.
Code-writer’s skill, corrupt and dark,
Was solved and smashed at Bletchley Park.

Gnarled, wrinkled hand, blue-veined and thin
With paper-like transparent skin,
Blue, clouded, opaque, misty eyes
Beheld God’s Power beyond the skies.
And she recalled she played a part
In the success of Bletchley Park .

Based on truth.
The UK code breakers at Bletchley Park were instrumental in the winning of World War II. It is believed their work shortened the war by at least two years. Last year at the ‘Enigma Weekend’ we heard of a 19 year old girl who had cracked part of the code, with significant consequences on the progression of the war. This ‘girl’ was expected to be visiting the Park that weekend .....

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/30/10
Wow this is intense. I enjoy reading something in which I learn so much.
Beth LaBuff 04/30/10
You are a master poet! This is wonderful. I loved the history you "revisited" with this. It truly is a "work of art."
AnneRene' Capp 05/03/10
Great great story! Gave me goosebumps and would have loved to have been at that park and met that girl. Felt as though I was that elderly woman reminiscing. Powerfully done and well written.
vincent lyons05/03/10
Very well done. Beautifully told story. I love the description of the old lady's hands.
Jackie Wilson05/04/10
A very moving piece, with a story that needs to be remembered. The rhythm moved along beautifully and your word choices were strong and clear. Great work!
Francy Judge 05/05/10
I loved everything about this poem--the chosen words, the rhythm and rhyme, and the story told throughout. Terrific!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 30 overall.
Elizabeth Cain06/01/10
I really enjoy your style of writing. The topic you chose kept my interest from beginning to end. Excellent work! Looking forward to more of your creative style in the future :)
Carol Penhorwood 06/01/10
Outstanding, innovative, and educational all at the same time. This is a winner for sure!