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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Inner Strength (04/20/06)

TITLE: Spirals
By Dolores Stohler
04/21/06


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Power in life takes many forms:
the power of a beam of light,
the power in my father's arms,
a splendid eagle raised in flight.

Power of which I stand in awe
exists in spirals--whirling things--
a force within a spinning yaw,
springing
singing
swirling rings.

Twisters hurtling through the air,
the strength of bird's nests hung in trees,
the coils of curls within your hair,
the top that's spun on bended knees.

The way an eagle mounts the storm
and locks his wings to circle high
and ride upon its spiral arm
through storm-soaked clouds to sun-filled sky.

Prayer that lifts the soul to God
as though on coils of telephone,
connected by the savior's blood
and circling to the father's throne.

Now in my hand a spiral shell
not grown from full to tapered end
but curling outward, bell to bell
intent to reach its fullest bend.

My life's spiral thus could be
a useless vortex whirling down,
a star atop the Christmas tree,
a regent with a golden crown.

Or like Archimedes' screw
giving life to dry, parched fields.
Forever watering anew,
a life that flourishes, yet yields.


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Marilyn Schnepp 04/27/06
I loved the many examples of inner strength - but it didn't soak in until I had read it a second time. Nice job of expressing the topic to a "T"...and creative too!
Helen Paynter04/27/06
Oh, fab! Had to re-read it, but that's because there was so much in it. Perfect rhyme, meter, beautiful imagery - this had it all
Jan Ackerson 04/28/06
Wowsers! This one's great!
Maxx .05/03/06
This is very nicely done. Some very strong word choices and complex concepts as well. As I've said many times before on this site ... I know nothing of poetry and truly appreciate someone who can craft a solid piece like this. Congrats!