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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)

TITLE: One Word
By Margaret Kearley
03/17/11


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One word

The morning rush, the fret, the sigh
Crowds on the pavement hurry by,
Another day to dash, and fly.

The business man, with mind engaged
On overflowing diary page,
Commercial wars to win and wage.

Young mothers, harassed, join the rush
To battle through the busy crush
With tiny ones – Hush baby, hush.

And children shove and play the fool
And dawdle on their way to school
Not keen to hurry - that’s not cool!

The homeless spend another day
Crouched in an open shop-doorway
Calling to those who pass their way.

And so throbs all humanity
With much to do, and much to see,
But wait, once more, a mystery!

Quietness descends, a halt to talk,
Steps slow and linger on their walk,
Again, that word in yellow chalk.

In flowing curving copper plate
One word calls men to hesitate
To stop, to think, to contemplate.

Who writes this word for all to see
Day after day incessantly?
It shouts so loud – ‘ETERNITY’.




In memory of Arthur Stace, ‘Mr Eternity’ (1884-1967) who wrote the word ‘Eternity’on the streets of Australia apporoximately 500,000 in his lifetime, to cause people to consider the reality of God and eternity.


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Allison Egley 03/18/11
Oh, this is cool! I've never heard of "Mr. Eternity" and was a bit confused until I read your author's note. Then it all became clear and I loved your poem even more!
Beth Muehlhausen03/18/11
This is such a lovely tribute, especially when you know something about Arthur Stace's remarkable life. Your rhyme and meter are impeccable and enhance the exclamation-point-feeling of the poem. :-)
Mona Purvis03/20/11
Not just lovely and well-done poetry, but an interesting story as well. I enjoyed this.
Charla Diehl 03/22/11
I too am unfamiliar with Arthur Stace, but this poem is certainly a fitting tribute to him and his cause. You captured the feel of the hurried world we live in, and the reason we each need to slow down.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/23/11
This is a beautiful tribute to a man that made a huge difference in countless lives.
Noel Mitaxa 03/24/11
You've gathered so many cameos on your way to the climax in a very compelling and succinct way. Very well captured, especially from the other side of this beautiful planet.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/24/11
Congratulations for placing 10th in your level and 15th overall!
Beth Muehlhausen03/25/11
Congrats on your placement with this! You're a consistent example to me of creativity and respected compositional skill. :-)