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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: Smoke Filled Basement
By Kelvin Fowler
05/29/12


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Ash trays and beer mugs
fire trap, smoke filled basement
jazz piano and double bass

Hot humid summer night
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Sydney Opera house and bridge

Hernandez late night coffee
Ethiopian Vienna
amongst taxi drivers and pimps

Driving in your Corolla
leafy Eastern Suburbs
chewing the breeze

Governors, George Street
reminiscing, looking forward
relaxing, enjoying

Peter this is how I remember you
your stupid dinosaur
and corny smile

God I have a question
they tell me he will die, today or tomorrow
stupid, spiteful, stinkin' leukaemia

I know the times
the eschatological tension
the kingdom now but not yet

I know you have given
I know you take away
your name will be praised

But I still have a question
a little question
a big question

Selfishly God
he is my friend
and this hurts

God
the question I have
is simply

Why?
Why God?
Why? Why? Why?


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Allison Egley 06/02/12
Why. A simple question with not so simple answers. I think we all ask this question at times. You did a great job of capturing the feeling behind that question.
CD (Camille) Swanson 06/02/12
I don't think there is a single word in any language across the world, thas has been used more than that three letter word..."why?"

This spoke to my heart, beautifully written and told.

Thank you. God Bless~
Laury Hubrich 06/04/12
Why is the hardest question, for sure. This is haunting...
lynn gipson 06/04/12
This gave me chills, why indeed? I lost my best friend at 16 to a murder suicide....why? We just have to trust God and His infinite wisdom. This is beautiful...God Bless, lynn
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/04/12
Laury had the right word: haunting.
Laura Manley06/05/12
This is very moving; I've written some of this same kind of poem myself. I'm first of all, glad you could release your inner-mose thoughts on what you thought was the eve of your friend's death; but secondly, that you also have written a very beautiful and touching poem that is right on target for the topic this week. Very nicely done. My heart hurts for you, but we all know that no matter what, God is in control. God bless you and Peter and anyone that touches his life.
CD (Camille) Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats! God Bless~
CD (Camille) Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats on being 3rd! God Bless~