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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Sunrise Song
By Kenn Allan


Above, the moon's unworldly glow
Bestows a calm on trees below,
Illuminating shades of gray
In those who yearn for break of day.

From feathered wings, no rustle heard,
They watch in darkness; every bird
Maintains a vigil to the east,
Composing praises yet released.

Together, framed against the dark,
The midnight crow and golden lark
In silhouette, diverse in name,
Yet dressed in shadow look the same.

In deeper gloom, the mourning dove
Awaits the soothing rays of love;
Her broken heart and tattered soul
Will mend at last to make her whole.

The famished robin has no need
To search in vain for scattered seed,
For soon her blindness will be gone;
A gift presented by the dawn.

The moments linger, hope prevails,
Their faith in sunrise seldom fails,
No single doubt in finch or wren;
It rose before and will again.

At last! A soulful note breaks free
From far atop the tallest tree,
A song for those who comprehend
The night is coming to an end.

In blackened skies the daylight spreads
With royal blues and streaking reds
To guide the wings of wayward flight;
The dawning of the King of Light.

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Linda Watson Owen05/11/06
Oh, this is so exquisite! What beautiful images you've used. Love the light and dark image and the bird in the very top branches heralding the coming of the King of Light!! Wow! Love it!!!
dub W05/11/06
Interesting rhymed couplets, watch forced pace and rhyme. A credible poem all in all.
Debra Brand05/11/06
Daybreak is my favorite time. The morning song is sketched beautifully.
Jessica Schmit05/12/06
Has the Faithwriters Master Poet struck again! Hmmmm, I'm sensing his fingerprints all over this one. Beautiful job! Incredible.
Purity Snowe05/12/06
If only I could write like this. Very nice and top-o-da-line!
Maxx .05/12/06
What else can be said here ... crystal, pure, precise, remarkably visual. This has a chance to win. Well done!
Birdie Courtright05/13/06
My favorite! I loved every word!
Melanie Kerr 05/13/06

This is wonderful poetry. I like you setting for hope - just the hope of a new day dawning and ready to be celebrated. That is a refreshing slant after reading quite a few submissions of sick people getting well or feeling better (which were also very good). I really loved reading this.
Helen Paynter05/13/06
I know who this is and it's up to standard!
Lynda Schultz 05/13/06
YES! Very nice. Hope should be renewed for all of us at the dawning of each new day. Great stuff.
T. F. Chezum05/15/06
I agree with everyone ... definitely good stuff.
Val Clark05/16/06
This is exquisite. I loved the simple description that painted such a clear, concrete yet nuanced picture. One tiny flaw: why seldom in: 'Their faith in sunrise seldom fails'?
Rachel Rudd 05/18/06
Congratulations on your win. This poem is beautiful. Just makes me want to hear the birds singing in the sunrise....
Sue Goodreau05/18/06
Your poem made my heart soar! You must be a bird-lover judging by your last two entries. Beautifully worded and crafted, as always. I especially liked how you talked about the birds' unquestioning faith in the sunrise-- God help us all to have that kind of faith in Him! I also loved the crescendo from night to dawn-- very powerful. Great job!

Shall we expect Emu next week?
Karen Treharne05/20/06
Very well done, Kenn. Congratulations on your win. I loved the choice of birds trusting in the return of sunrise every morning. God watches over the sparrow, so I know He watches me - paraphrasing from a favorite hymn. This poem made me feel warm all over. God is sooooo good, isn't he?
Beth Muehlhausen05/22/06
Remarkable! Exquisite! How do you do it?! :-)