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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Gossip/Rumors (either or both) (10/28/10)

TITLE: Follow Follow the Music Where It Leads
By Patricia Turner
10/31/10


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psst
hey.
huh?
i heard
something;
a whisper, a whimper;
i'm not sure.

go
away!
go, go
away!
can't you see,
see i'm sleeping?

psst
hey.
what?
the east wind;
the wind, it spoke to me.

you don't
say.
yeah.
just idle gossip.
now go back,
back to sleep.

psst
hey.
what?
I heard music
like the trill of a trumpet.

like a trumpet?
yeah.
no trumpets here.
go back,
back to sleep.

psst
hey.
stop it!
no I
heard music again.

east wind again?
yeah.
just moaning in the eaves.
now go back
back to sleep.

psst
hey.
grrr!
good news came
blowing;
blowing on the morning wind.

news
you say?
can't be good.
no good news comes on an easterly wind.
please go back
back to sleep.

psst
hey.

hey!

didn't I say...

yes
but...

what's that music?
see, i told you.

seems to be wafting on the wind from
the east.

yeah.

let's go.
yes, lets go see.

follow, follow the music where it leads.
follow, follow.

see! do you see?
up there!
yes, i see; up there.
white wings
obliterating the darkness.
shh! listen!
listen through the darkness.

what? a king you say?
a king
born here?
here?

proclamations and praise?
not just a king?
a King...of kings?
what kind of rumor is this anyway?

not a rumor no, no rumor at all!
look there!
see there?

a star stands still o'er a stable.
a lone star stands
o're a lowly stable.

music stirs
lifting and lightening
the stifled spirit of sin-slaved man;
borne on the easterly breeze of
a holy morning.

a new song soars
rising on the east wind
borne on the cries
of a newborn babe
born 'neath a lone bright star
standing still o're a lowly stable.

psst
hey.
huh?
i heard
something;
not rumor
not gossip but
harmony and resonance.
now i'm sure.

psst
hey.
what?
i heard music
like the trill of a trumpet.

follow, follow the music where it leads.
follow, follow.


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Connie Dixon11/06/10
I enjoyed the simple style of this piece - and the message that it brought out.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/06/10
Wow not many words to pack such a message in such a small space. Well done.
Charla Diehl 11/08/10
Oh, this is the best one I've read this week. The beauty in this piece is the message of hope it conveys. We don't usually associate rumors with something good, beautiful and wonderful--but this entry took the reader down the righteous path. I'm hoping to see this in the EC list.
Rachel Phelps11/09/10
Very unique and well done. I love it.
Cheryl Harrison 11/10/10
I really like this one. Great job!
Kate Oliver Webb11/10/10
Well, no wonder you're there in Masters. This is masterful!
Caitlyn Meissner11/10/10
I LOVED the message in this, as well as how the rhythm felt so different. Great job!
Lollie Hofer 11/10/10
I agree with Lisa..."lilting" is a good description of this poem. Uniquely written, the flow and rhythm were outstanding.
Edmond Ng 11/10/10
I like the way you wrote this poem! It's more than an art to put so much truth in so few words, and yet present it like a gossip or rumor to get through the message of the glorious event past. Excellent work!
Amanda Brogan11/10/10
This is so fun! And the title is perfect. I totally wanted to sing to the lines.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/11/10
Congratulations on your EC!
Henry Clemmons11/11/10
WOW! I really loved this. Excellent presentation and message. Congrats also on EC.
Joan Campbell11/11/10
Lovely light style. Congratulations on your EC, Patricia!