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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: War and Peace (not about the book) (07/07/11)

TITLE: On a Day Behind a Headline
By Linda Goergen
07/08/11


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Studying her anemic image
she stood - shocked
too many days indoors
too ill to care
her hair had matted to one side

“Death”
she whispered to the mirror
“I look like Death”
She didn’t want to look like death
nor think of it...

Today she felt better

She showered, tamed her hair
donned her red, gold and aqua sweater
to bring color back into her world

Color always made her feel better

She stepped outside
wanting to walk
hungering for movement
to feel alive again
have the song of the outdoors
the beat of her feet
replace the pounding
that had assaulted her head for days

She wanted to feel warmth
other than the angry hot fever
that had raged and warred
battling within
her cold shivering body
until the antibiotics
had finally brought peace

She faced the sun
welcomed its touch
breathed deeply - with delight
laughed - danced
praised God for the joy
of feeling
the sunrays’
astronomical arms
reaching across the universe
to hug her
wrap her in warm
feelings of well being

She was so glad she felt better

She broke into song
as she strolled
toward her favorite coffee shop
thinking
the street seemed busy
but she didn’t worry
as usual
she would wind her way
inside the shop
to the back corner
quietly
slip in and sit and sip
and amicably argue
ideology
with the regulars

How wonderful she felt better

Like new flora
taking root in the desert
she had begun a new poem
ponderings of purpose
to share - sincerely
hoping
Abraham was there
to debate

Shalom

was her last word
as
the
bomb
EXPLODED

It was not a good day to feel better


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Danielle King 07/16/11
It certainly was not a good day to feel better! The ending took me by surprise, I'd expected it to be 'flowery.' I think this is an extremely well written piece and an original take on the topic.
Leola Ogle 07/20/11
Wow! Like Danielle, the ending took me by surprise. Very well written, such a smooth, easy read! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/21/11
Wow I'm reading this in my hospital bed and relating to the MC when you hit me with the twist and took my breath away. Great ending. I never saw it coming!
Noel Mitaxa 07/21/11
This is a powerfully- expressive piece that gives no clue about the ending is on its way; yet it displays the awful anonymity of the random obliteration that goes hand in glove with the mania of suicide bombers and terrorism generally. Very well-written.