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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: The Qualifying Race
By Linda Germain
06/16/10


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Writers, start your engines


On your markÖ


Wait!

The ink is low, Iím out of dough
Iíve lost my muse, not paid my dues
Iím stuck on pause, too many flaws
Iím on my knees. Do-overÖPLEASE!


Get ReadyÖ

Iím sick, Iím weak, canít make the leap
My stomachís turned, my candleís burned
Canít do it now, do not know how
I must confess thereíll be a mess.


Get SetÖ

The deadline looms but nothing blooms
What made me think I would not blink
When challenge came and called my name?
I cry, I plead, I sweat, I bleed


GoÖ

Push comes to shove with editís glove
I wail, I gripeÖbut still I type
Through tears I sail, just sure Iíll fail
But once begun itís soon all done


Full Circle

Itís in on time, things work out fine
I did my best and passed the test
My storyís told, and even sold
I smile, I cheer, and then I hear


Re-Wind: On your markÖ


Wait!

I might have known my coverís blown
ManÖthis is tough, they want more stuff
I re-ignite and dare to write
Though rest-assured Iím more matured


Another trial confronts my style
Not scared to try a bar set high
I plunge right in to start my spin
Bring on the test, Iím feeling blessed


Thereís no debate, I must create
Itís from my heart, itís for my art
So round and round it goes and goes
And where Iíll stopÖGod only knows.

____



2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV)
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.


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Ruth Clowater06/19/10
I really like the poem, structured as a race and then ending with a very appropriate quote from the Apostle Paul! It makes me wonder, were you watching NASCAR or did your inspiration come from the Word?
Joanne Sher 06/19/10
Very clever analogy - and the pace of this goes so well with it. Very well crafted.
Catrina Bradley 06/20/10
I love the dizzy pace of this poem - I felt like I was racing in circles reading your verse. Excellent!
Connie Dixon06/20/10
Loved this -so creatively clever. Really, really good.
Susan Montaperto06/20/10
Very clever writing. I liked how you finished with the quote from the Apostle Paul about finishing the race. Very appropriate ending. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/10
I so enjoyed the pace. I hadn't notice the title at first but I could definitely feel the fast pace, then the title tied it up for me. Great job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/21/10
Great analogy with a poem that delivers with dizzying speed.
mick dawson06/21/10
I like how people liked your work and your confidence evolved. You only need a few bacd knocks and you don't write again.