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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: But, on This Morn ...
By Henry Clemmons
01/11/11


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It is the odd occasion my face forges a smile
Forgetting granite stone
Above my only child

Not often stringless hearts like mine compose great symphonies
Joyful rhythms of the shore
Melodies from sea

Hardly ever dawnís warm sun will burn up all my mist
But on this morn in winterís scorn
I venture out and kiss

A scent with lips so soft
Drapes me like a shawl
Makes my soul sprout wings
And fly with gulls aloft

Itís not a dream but real
Grace with warmth adorned
Soaring high in your embrace
A chance to truly heal


Seldom love will open all my dusty window shades
Allow the day to march in
Like a band and play

Rarely clumsy feet so cold can be convinced to dance
But with cymbals crashing loud
Strength leads me to chance

Stubborn shadows whisper a haunting echoed hiss
But on this morn in winterís scorn
I venture out and kiss

A scent with lips so soft
Drapes me like a shawl
Makes my soul sprout wings
And fly with gulls aloft

Itís not a dream but real
Grace with warmth adorned
Soaring high in your embrace
A chance to truly heal


Birthed from rarest moon azure I stand on a new beach
With breezes singing in my ear
I play my heart for you

First time in seven years I throw sunglasses off my eyes
I sweep deathís darkness off the grave
Along with Satanís lies

I know one day Iíll see my son itís more than just a wish
In Heaven near your throne of gold
Iíll hold him close Ö and kiss

A scent with lips so soft
Drapes me like a shawl
Makes my soul sprout wings
And fly with gulls aloft

Itís not a dream but real
Grace with warmth adorned
Soaring high in your embrace
A chance to truly heal


But on this morn in winterís scorn
I venture out and kiss


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Lynda Schultz 01/15/11
I'm speechless!
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/16/11
This is masterful--truly moving. I can almost hear the melody.
Glynis Becker 01/16/11
Beautiful and agonizing. I love the descriptive imagery. This is absolutely lovely.
Beth LaBuff 01/16/11
I was moved by the longing in this richly crafted poem. You floated my soul aloft as I read. This is truly gorgeous!
Mariane Holbrook01/17/11
Very, very nice job. You deserve big time kudos for this one! Unbelievable!
Loren T. Lowery01/17/11
Oh, if those days were not so distant and far in between, how much more at peace we'd all be.
Wonderful job
Pastor Proud01/18/11
This is so moving, I really loved it. I so hope it is not true although if it is then I know God will comfort you. My only comment, and I am really sorry to say this, but I wasn't sure how on-topic it was. I still loved it though. Extremely moving.
diana kay01/19/11
this is so........ poetic :-) the words are like a symphony and wash over me to savour... like the early morning by the shore taking in the wonder of Gods amazing world...
Connie Dixon01/19/11
So incredible. Can't add anything else!
Amanda Brogan01/20/11
Grace with warmth adorned
Soaring high in your embrace
A chance to truly heal.


This is a wonderful picture of healing and the supernatural love and joy that we find in Jesus. He raises us above the tragedies in life.

Super congratulations on your two second place wins! Don't ever stop writing that beautiful poetry. ;)

Beth LaBuff 01/20/11
Henry, congratulations on your Editor's Choice award... this is truly beautiful!
Patricia Turner01/20/11
Lyrical and lovely! Congratulations on this beautifully written piece and on your highly deserved EC!
Benjamin Graber01/20/11
Henry, this is really beautiful! I love the ending; it is the perfect way to finish your poem. I love poems that are sad but end with a note of hope!
Congratulations on your EC, too!
Troy Manning01/21/11
Great job, Henry! Enjoyed your use of words. Congratulations to you!
Kim Hamlin01/21/11
Congrats Henry, great job!
Lollie Hofer 01/21/11
The occasional smile...the occasional kiss...I get the "blue moon" angle. Oh my, oh my, oh my - I don't know what else to say. This hauntingly beautiful poem has left me speechless. Congrats on your win. Well deserved, for sure.