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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Black (10/15/09)

TITLE: Illuminated Grief
By Emily Gibson
10/17/09


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The receding October moon reluctantly rose,
Withdrawing from the full globe of a few days before.
I drive the night darkened country road, white lines sweeping past,
Too aware of an advancing frost in the evening haze,
Anxious to return home to fireplace warmth and light.

Nearing a familiar corner, a stop sign loomed,
To the right, a rural cemetery sits silently expectant.
Open iron gates and tenebrous headstones,
In the middle, incongruous, stationary car headlights beam bright.

I slowed, thinking: lovers or vandals would want inky cover of night.
Indeed, these lights focus on a lone figure,
Kneeling graveside, one hand rests heavily on a stone, head bowed in prayer.
A stark moment of solitary sorrow, invisible grieving of the heart yet
Illuminated in twin beams.

A benediction of mourning; light pierces the blackness,
Gentle fingertips trace the engraved letters of a beloved name.
Uneasy, I withdraw from the touch
And drive on into the night, struggling to see through a thickening mist.


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Loren T. Lowery10/23/09
Definitely a somber piece yet your words shine through the gloom. Your title very appropriate for the theme. I especially liked this line:
"invisible grieving of the heart yet
Illuminated in twin beams." Very visual.
Mark Bell10/26/09
good imagery. tight reading, no extra words. i felt like it ended too quickly, though. two stanzas to set up, one to reveal and one to finish. i think another transition stanza between middle and end may have been better. great read though. definitely touches the heart and imagination.
Jennifer Galey10/28/09
Novel descriptions. My favorite line was the one Loren mentioned. Beautiful visual!
Jan Ackerson 10/28/09
Oh, how I loved this one! Perfect in every way.