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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Taste (07/15/10)

TITLE: A Taste for Words
By Linda Payne
07/21/10


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I thrill at the skill of a writer
who serves up a delectable cuisine
of tasty and scrumptious morsels
and invites me to explore that. . .

Taste on the tip of my tongue
of a word unfamiliar and new
sends a rush of promised delight
as on that word I chew.

Some words are spicy and tangy
their saltiness seasons the world
while others uplift and encourage
with delicate, gentle nuance; and

I savor the flavor of words
as they pop and burst in my mouth
they surprise me with pathos or laughter
as I ponder each word out loud.

I thrill at the skill of a poet
who serves up a banquet divine
each word sends the senses reeling
I read on, hungry for more of that

Taste on the tip of my tongue
from words rich and honey-sweet
I bite into love-filled centers and
my soul is ecstatic, replete.

Not all words I taste are delicious
their vitriol curdles inside
they lack kindness, are not nutritious
in my mouth they turn to dung; but

I savor the flavor of words
that are honorable, noble, and pure
whose flavor is pleasing to God
whose essence and taste will endure.


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Charla Diehl 07/22/10
This poetic piece should hit a nerve with all writers as we strive for just the "right" words to tell our tales.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/10
Great ideas here, and the last stanza says it all.
Allen Stark07/25/10
As an ex-English teacher, I want to say that you are most definitely a poet. I would like to share this piece with our writers guild members.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.