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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Winter (11/14/05)

TITLE: Winter of the Soul
By Kenn Allan
11/20/05


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As harvest time draws to a close,
And autumn bells doth toll,
Beware the bitter winds that bring,
The winter of the soul.

It comes when battles undertook,
Are lost, thus fought in vain,
It comes when illness strikes us down,
Or freezes us with pain.

It comes when warmth is unreturned,
When fires of faith burn low,
It blows compassion from the heart,
And fills the void with snow.

From under doors and through the cracks,
It creeps with earthly cares,
Transforming lips to frozen smiles,
And eyes to icy stares.

It drives the fisherman ashore,
And numbs the workman's hands,
It halts the warrior in his tracks,
And chills his noble plans.

No fruit of spirit can survive,
The grip of winter's frost,
And all the good that might have been,
Will be forever lost.

So light the bonfires of our faith,
When autumn bells doth toll,
And pray to God that you'll escape,
The winter of the soul.


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Dan Louise Mann11/21/05
It seems the topic of "winter" is bringing out a lot of our darker thoughts. A good one to ponder, however. Kudos!
dub W11/22/05
I kinda like this, the way it progressed, the descriptive language until the break to second person, which seemed out of place.
Marilyn Schnepp 11/24/05
I don't care what anybody else says...I loved it! It had perfect (or almost perfect flow) and it wasn't easy to write...it took time and talent. Three cheers!
Nina Phillips11/25/05
I thought your poem was fairly smooth, well presented thoughts, and I liked the "winter of the soul". Although I am a happy winter person for the most part. I enjoyed your poem. God bless ya, littlelight
Julianne Jones11/25/05
I enjoyed this and thought it had a great message. A little dark perhaps - is there no fruit at all that can survive winter's frost - but overall lovely poem with good rhyme and rhythm. Well done.
Linda Watson Owen11/28/05
Kenn, I think this poem is absolutely beautiful! What a poignant message and so skillfully woven. You wrote it exactly as it should be. I still feel the chill after reading it. Bravo!
Karen Treharne11/29/05
Nicely done Kenn. Beautiful words and a perfect title. A true blessing to read.