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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Talent Seeks its Course
By Linda Germain


I had no map, no gas, no spare
And yet I drove--I knew not where
To seek my fortune writing things
To give some inspiration

I sped along at breakneck speed
Saw many signs I did not heed
But failed to see the learning curve
That wrecked my transportation

Naiveté claims that nothing’s fair
The road is rough and needs repair
It’s all the fault of Publishers
Who hate all information

I stumbled on confused and lost
Hoping to just skip the cost
That grammar rules expect to charge
For standard explanation

A light bulb flashed, then insight flowed
Rare common sense marched to and fro
To prop me up and hold me back
And soothe my desperation

I saw a home, well-built and nice
So asked the Builder his advice
If he used words instead of wood
How strong his dissertation?

First, he said, I should’ve read
And learned the rules from books and schools
Important skills I’d need someday
To forge a composition

From treetop house to birthday cake
Foundational to all we make
A blueprint/pattern must exist
To measure our decision

From there I found an Artist’s fare
Displayed with aptitude and flare
And wondered how he deftly poured
His tortured soul on canvas

He stopped a while (but did not smile)
Explaining depth, and later style
And told me how to pray and wait
To see life's real perception

Still searching for a mystery muse
A Dancer gave me other clues
To help me with my writer’s craft
She showed me true direction:

Always stand on your own toes
In practice for the bigger shows
A Prima Dona in the wings
Is worth more than a novice

Each one showed how discipline
Must play a part and blend right in
With natural spark we take in stride
But can’t forgo apprentice

The last suggestion that I found
From geniuses of tone and sound
Insisted beauty borne of love
Would always touch a waiting heart

When music threads its way through Word
The author hopes his measure’s heard
While craft or skill is in God’s hands
What writers paint…is surely art.


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Catrina Bradley 04/29/10
There's a lot I like about this poem - the allegory (or metaphors, not sure which term is correct,) the rhythm, and you not only nailed the topic, you delved deep into the heart of it. The rhyme scheme lost me in the middle, when the 4th line of each stanza stopped ending in a -ion word, and the rhythm lost momentum then too. This comes from a novice poet, tho. :) You've given me much to think about when seeking inspiration for my writing. Very nice.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/30/10
I couldn't agree more. Well done.
Beth LaBuff 04/30/10
I enjoyed this poem and applaud you for using this difficult poetic format! Your stream of thought propels this!
Maria Egilsson05/01/10
What I found reading this was that the composition of it made me slow down and take in the words. As a "new" writer it shows me another way to express words. Unique and interesting.
Barbara Lynn Culler05/06/10
WOW! No wonder you placed! A lot to think about. Thank you!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations on this fun, rhythmic, well-deserved EC.
Joan Campbell05/06/10
Congratulations on your 1st place EC Linda. Beautiful poem from which every writer can learn!
Patricia Turner05/06/10
So much said in these wonderful rhymes and allegories - very well deserving of your 1st place and EC. Congratulations!
Beth LaBuff 05/06/10
Linda... Super! Congrats! on 1st place masters AND Editor's Choice with this wonderful poem!! I'm so excited for you!
Rachel Phelps05/06/10
Wonderful! Congratulations on your EC! So well deserved.
Edward Mrkvicka05/06/10
Congratulations on your winning entry! Both 1st place masters and EC are well deserved. Your poem was right on topic in a most unique way. So much so that I found myself reading it a number of times, something I seldom do. Your obvious talent can only be a gift from God.