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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Dusty Pages
By Mary Lou Tiner
05/06/10


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Dusty Pages

The Author of the Ages
Invited me to see
A glimpse into His study
I entered willingly

His oaken desk was cluttered
With piles of manuscripts
Both new and weathered pages
Bound up with leather strips

So many tales to choose from
A reader’s paradise
But one stack caught my interest
I loosened up the ties

This manuscript was covered
With years of dust and grime
The story was unfinished
Discarded over time

I shuffled through the pages
And found it started well
A story most intriguing
The climax rose and fell

But then the tale grew sluggish
With conflicts unresolved
The character was boring
The plot line just dissolved

Regretfully I gathered
The pages up once more
And as I tied the laces
A note fell on the floor

Written by the Author’s hand
A simple phrase was penned
Just one short explanation:
“This shouldn’t be the end”

Confounded by the meaning
I pondered it with care
Till I came to understand
A deeper truth was there

This manuscript reflected
The life some people live
A shadow quickly fading
Unfinished narrative

This life was just a fragment
More chapters had been planned
But this one chose to stop Him
Pushed back the Author’s hand

Refusing all the changes
And climaxes of life
This person ran from conflicts
Ignoring every strife

A life of dusty pages
A life that few will see
It prematurely ended
A wasted destiny


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Beth LaBuff 05/07/10
This is so sad, but is the reality for some. Your beginning starts powerfully with "the Author of the Ages." It's sad that we don't often see the power available to us with "the Author of the Ages."
Joanne Sher 05/10/10
Oh - this is incredibly powerful. Wonderfully important message and vivid imagery.
Benjamin Graber05/11/10
Great poem! I loved the imagery you used, and the rich picture of the unfinished story.
I would suggest that you add punctuation - it makes a poem flow more smoothly, and easier to read.
Good job on this one - keep up the good work!