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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: Shadows in the Meadow
By Loren T. Lowery


Can shadows bloom - not resplendent with blushing buds nor anchored to memories or thoughts of waxing youth. Yet dark petals, frayed and whispery thin - existent but impossible to touch – flowering none-the-less. Their buds sheltering pistil and stamen in private coves of solitude fragrant with welcomed reverie.

Snow covered meadow, ambient white embers lying unscathed beneath a winter’s night. Nothing moves. Yet darkened hollows flicker in moonlight’s scudding clouds. No winds sway their bending forms, naught but light, laced with moon’s stilled glow portends their budding height and breadth.

An owl, secluded and sentient releases its tethered clasp from a towering pine and dives silently into the chilled night air. It glides over the meadow now in bloom with wavering precedent shadows – sloping dells, yawning hollows, telling foot treads - hidden histories, fragrant with remembrances, now felled translucent upon the snow.

Yet even as buds must fade, so too must shadows. Meadow filled with moonlight dusk adance with ephemeral and guttering memories. Gardens resplendent with flowers heightened in singular beauty by their fleeting transcendent blooms. Fate and wakefulness is numbered for each.

Can shadows bloom? Surely, they must. Their allure no less mysterious than any bud - be it flower, memory or youth. It takes nothing more than releasing our tethered clasp and in sentient silence, consider what they have - and can - portend.

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Beth LaBuff 11/29/12
Wow! This exquisite writing has an amazing emotional effect on this reader; haunting, playful, ethereal, taking me to your world of shadow. Just the supposition concerning a shadow bloom (I love it). The comparison with the wind and light upon the shadow is stunning. This is pristine poetry cloaked as prose. Amazing word choices here!
Charla Diehl 11/30/12
The imagery abounding throughout this magnificent entry is stunning--and thought provoking. Great take on the topic!
Noel Mitaxa 11/30/12
Such luxuriant word pictures that stir all kinds of reflection, yet with a clarity that shifts a gasp of amazement to a grasp of reassurance. Brilliant work that reflects your closeness to God's creation.
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/30/12
This is a masterpiece of poetic prose--each word building on another in descriptions of nature's beauty and its relation to memory.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/30/12
Wow this is so deep. I would guess I could read it many times and each reading God would put something new on my heart. It takes a great deal of talent to write something with so many layers that can touch hundreds of people each in a new and different way. There is such power and hope in these words. It definitely gives me many things to think about.
Bea Edwards 12/02/12
Another amazing almost overwhelming description of something that is usually so predictably dimensional. Stunning piece of work.
Karen Pourbabaee 12/03/12
a mystical and mesmerizing work of art!
Allison Egley 12/03/12
This is great.

I got just a bit lost in the first paragraph, and actually felt this read more as a poem. I almost felt like it needed more line breaks. BUT that is probably just me.

This is awesome. Very well written.
Eddie Snipes12/04/12
Very descriptive writing. Nice!
C D Swanson 12/04/12
Excellent job with this lovely and descriptive piece. I enjoyed it. Thanks!
God bless~
Danielle King 12/05/12
WOW! Again. This is breathtakingly beautiful and moving. I'm totally in awe of your amazing gift. Keep 'em coming.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 12/06/12
Congratulations for ranking 20 overall!!