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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: Anike
By Kelvin Fowler
06/06/11


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Anike
my lovely lass
you have seen war
so many wars
long painful wars

is it true
that they made you
turn your
amber eyes
and bow
your pretty head
in front of Hitler

did you hear
the Communist tanks
and the soldiers
marching
across the
cobblestones

did you gather
your skirts
and hide
your graceful
presence
braiding your
beautiful hair
in the
solace
of your fear

What could
you see
from your
hiding place
Anike?
What was your
outlook then?


suddenly
the sun shone
freedom
returned
and at your feet
people celebrated

joyfully
dancing and laughing
from the
heart
of their
misery

poor people
singing people
and free people
skipping and spinning
together

What was your
outlook then
Anike?
What was your
outlook?


and now
reflecting
from your waters
trinket sellers
trinket their
covered
swastikas
selling their
hammer and sickles

does it make you
want to throw
down
your flowers
and run
turning your
shy face
in disgust

What is your
outlook now
Anike?
What is your
outlook?


now a new Union
ripples from
your pond
promising
prosperity
protection
and wealth

Anike
I sense
the jazz plays
too late for you
and that
your enchanting air
is getting tired

I sense your people
are struggling
to shake off
the shackles
of their history

but Anike
do you smile
laugh and giggle
as you watch
the innocent children
cool their feet
in the depth
of your
waters
does it give
you hope

Anike
please

what is
your
outlook
now?


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Anike is a sculpture of whom from her subtle fountain head vantage point quietly watches over the turbulent history of the European city of Klaipėda, Lithuania.


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Leola Ogle 06/09/11
Stirring, moving! Well done! God bless!
Linda Goergen06/10/11
Very, very powerful and the idea of a cold, dead, soulless statue trying to give vision or meaning to the atrocities and nuances and junctures of war, is brilliant! How the vision of that shouts! Kudos on this work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/11
This brought tears to my eyes. I'm so glad you wrote this lest we ever forget.
Joe Moreland06/12/11
I thought this was haunting, sad and beautiful all at once. Very nicely done.
Colin Swann06/13/11
This is in a way is a disturbing piece, in its honesty of what trully happens in life and history. Thank you so much for stirring a few memories of the past in me.
Patricia Protzman06/13/11
Well-written piece. The atrocities of man continue and so does the love of God through His Son Jesus Christ.
Danielle King 06/13/11
Hauntingly beautiful moving piece of work. Very well done!
Noel Mitaxa 06/14/11
Very thought-provoking, especially for those of us who can only guess what total war can be like.
Ann Grover06/15/11
Brilliant, beautiful, haunting, stunning.
Rachel Phelps06/15/11
So excellent. What a unique point of view and breathtaking execution.
Patricia Protzman06/16/11
Congratulations on your Highly Commended award.
Kim Hamlin06/16/11
Very powerful Kelvin, well done! Congratulations!