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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Discern (08/12/10)

TITLE: Finding Inspiration
By Linda Payne
08/18/10


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Hummingbird wings tickle
the edges of my mind
feathery intuition sensed
rather than felt
quicksilver thoughts
of subtle perception
drifting, gliding ever closer
toward discernment. . .

I advance. . .
too quickly. . .
it flees; I hold emptiness. . .

A transient scent hovers
just out of reach
an ephemeral reminder
pleasant? poignant? painful?
entices me to comprehend and
extricate the full aroma
of understanding. . .

I inhale. . .
too late. . .
it blows away on an intruding wind. . .

Dreams disturb my sleep
visions explode in my mind
whispering, hinting
begging to be explained
longing for the discovery
of their hidden reality. . .

I awake. . .
too suddenly. . .
their fleeting images disappear into the night. . .

An image shimmers on
the horizon of consciousness
a promise of verdancy, the
expectation of water, cool and clear
the discovery of rich life
in the barren desert of my mind. . .

I run. . .
too slow. . .
it dissipates, a taunting mirage. . .

Rivers of words flow
cascading and swirling, they
long for expression and recognition
yearn to be given a voice
rich with meaning and insight
to apprehend the nugget of truth and
divine the divine. . .

I set pen to paper. . .
too inadequate. . .
too trite. . .
too cliché. . .
I lay my pen aside as inspiration trickles away.

Stillness settles around me like
a warm summer evening
breathing slows, heart relaxes, mind clears
I listen for You. . .

I sit. . .
patiently. . .
reverently. . .
hopefully. . .
and hear Your still, small voice
reveal truth and clarity.


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Charla Diehl 08/19/10
"Exquisite" was the word that jumped into my mind when I finished this very impressive poem. I expect to see this in the EC list.
Loren T. Lowery08/20/10
This is so rich with imagery - exactly that - ethereal thought - so difficult, if not impossible to cage. But you were still able to capture it and hold it here in words. And the reader walks about them in observance as one might do at the Louvre, totally amazed.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/22/10
I found myself thoroughly engrossed in this poem, that doesn't happen often for me in this genre, but you have such an eloquent way with words, I was drawn in from the beginning.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/30/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 30 overall.