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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: Summer Smiles
By Kelvin Fowler
06/13/12


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My little girl
garish in pink
braces and bangles.

When did my spring bud
blossom into this
magnificent flower?

Impish smirks,
pimples and plaits
have passed away,

to be replaced with
deep iris eyes
and summer smiles.

Buried in your heart
are hedgerow dreams
and garden party stories.

I am afraid that
your dreamy expressions
and wistful ways

are leaving you open
for an early autumn
of barbs and briers.

Brute, brawn and boys
solicit your innocents
to store in garden sheds.

Waiting, stalking
lurking for opportunity,
peacocking for your attention.

I have seen their ivy eyes,
poisoned with passion.
Poised to pounce,

on petals bending
in the summer's breeze
of a windy afternoon.

Lost in your blossom
they are not looking
beyond your prettiness.

Your heart is hidden
to teenage angst,
hormones and heroes.

Guard it well
my early morning
summer's bloom

and wait for the one
who sees your depths
and craves to listen

to hedgerow dreams,
in the succulent scent
of summer's eves.

Guard you heart
my summer's flower,
for you are a woman now.


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Charla Diehl 06/15/12
I read this lovely piece twice in order to appreciate all the crafted words and the story behind them. This is filled with a mother's tender love and concern for her precious daughter. Wonderfully expressive. I expect to see this on the EC list.
Deborah Engle 06/18/12
I enjoyed this sentimental, yet reluctant release of a daughter to walk the path of her choice. We all need that kind of blessing.
Allison Egley 06/18/12
Very nice job. I especially loved the line about "ivy eyes." Made me think of "the green eyed monster." I loved the ending too. Great job.
lynn gipson 06/19/12
I can appreciate every word you wrote and thought this was absolutely beautiful You paint a picture with your writing and as I have two grand daughters, I will print and save this for them God Bless and this is awesome!
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/19/12
Your writing enchants--as always!
CD Swanson 06/20/12
Mesmerizing and powerful.Thank you.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/12
This is beautiful. It really touched my he3art as my older daughter is getting married and the younger graduating from high school. This poem fits the thoughts in my mind. Congratulations on ranking 9 in Masters and 11th overall!