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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Season(s) of a year or life (01/13/11)

TITLE: A Turning
By Patricia Herchenroether
01/18/11


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How very discontent was I,
with time or place or season.
The world was dark, absent of spark.
To live? I saw no reason.

In spring I dreaded constant rain,
and clouds pressed me to earth
When thunder crashed and lightning slashed,
they spoke of death, not birth.

The summer brought a glaring sun
and scorched my weathered skin.
All blazing light, ’til only night
gave respite from heat’s sin.

The leaves of autumn crunched beneath
the bones of oak and maple.
The dead abound, strewn on the ground,
bleak thoughts my daily staple.

Too soon arrived the bitter cold
and blizzards’ icy blasts.
Exploding trees fell to their knees
and lay like fallen masts.

With empty soul, I drew my knife
to cleave through all the pain.
‘Twould end that life replete with strife,
dark storms, depression, strain.

“Who’s there?” I startled, from a voice
that spoke of grace and love.
“I Am,” said He, “I offer thee,
pure comfort from above.”

***

The autumn of my earthly span
was blessed with youthful sight.
The things that were no longer blur
my vision to the light.

Behold! The springtime crocuses
sport rainbow gems from showers.
A frog competes with robins’ tweets
while Bambi noses flowers.

A trumpet vine spreads waiting arms;
bees enter its embrace.
With summer’s bliss I feel the kiss
of sunshine on my face.

I breathe the scents of burning leaves
and apples on the ground.
A thrifty squirrel inters a nut
while blackbirds mill around.

In winter’s midst, I’m now content,
delighting in His love.
I’ll ne’er forget the day I met
my Comforter above.


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Beth LaBuff 01/20/11
Your message shines in your poem of contrasts, so aptly named "A Turning." I love the skillful way you covered both seasons of the year and of life. Excellent!
Sunny Loomis 01/25/11
I love this! So many images. Very nicely crafted. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/27/11
I so, so, love this! I can definitely relate, it's amazing how once we let God in our lives and hand hen's the reins, we see things in such a different light. Beautiful!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/28/11
You best not give up writing yet. God definitely isn't done with you yet. Congratulations on placing 12th in Masters and 18th overall.:)
Mariane Holbrook04/26/11
I just ran across this poem and must congratulate you on its originality, its structure and its message. Your meter is flawless and it's a poem I'll remember for a long time. God bless you for sharing your thoughts in poetic form.

Mariane Holbrook
www.marianholbrook.com