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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Bouncebackability (06/05/14)

TITLE: From Razed to Raised
By vincent lyons
06/12/14


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A charcoaled land bereft of green
Denuded trees—a ghoulish scene;
Wildlife fled before there came
The all-devouring raging flame—
This place will never be the same.

Deep carpeted in ash and soot
Nothing growing underfoot;
Grey skies magnify the waste
A colourless abandoned place
A thing of beauty is defaced.

Apocalyptic, it might seem
But in this world of great extremes
Where life and death are so entwined
A parable by God’s hand signed
To bring our minuteness to mind?

But hid beneath the ashen ground
The seeds of new life hide, abound;
Unseen by man they incubate
When time is right they’ll germinate,
The countryside rejuvenate.

One year later bushland blooms
Filled with colours and perfumes
Birds are chirping in the trees
Flowers abuzz with honey bees—
Last year despaired of scenes like these.

From death to life by unseen hand
Designed to make us understand,
The bush that bounces back to bloom
The joy that bursts from gloom and doom
Shouts loud of life beyond the tomb.


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Beth LaBuff 06/13/14
I've seen this in places I've lived(when a fire got away from a neighbor and burned farmland in Iowa, and also, the forests coming back after a wildfires in Arizona). What grew the next year was vibrant, just like your poem. Your words are amazing. I love the format, images, and meter. What a powerful message!
Charla Diehl 06/14/14
Your title is perfect for this poem of hope and inspiration. Rhyme and meter get an A+ from me. Great job.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/16/14
Moving and poignant.
Beautiful work!

God bless~
Tracy Nunes 06/17/14
This had so much hope in it, especially for those who have felt burned and too scarred to ever have new life again - which is most of us at one time or the other. I loved it!
Noel Mitaxa 06/18/14
Powerful and simple message that releases so much hope. Great work that builds from a clever title.
Joe Moreland06/19/14
Congratulations on first place overall! This is an awesome piece of poetry. Such great imagery and the pace made for such an easy read.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/19/14
Congratulations!

God Bless~
Leola Ogle 06/19/14
Awesome! Congratulations, Vincent, and God bless!
Noel Mitaxa 06/19/14
Congratulations on your win.
Great work.
Don V. Standeford 06/20/14
nice. congratulations on your win.
Ellen Carr 06/21/14
Congratulations, Vincent, on your win. This poem is beautiful and I love the parallel between new bush life and life after death. I reconised it as a poem about Australian bush fires and, being a fellow Aussie, I know the devastation wreaked by these fires. What you have written, so skilfully, rings very true. A well deserved first place!
Pauline Carruthers 06/21/14
I loved this absolutely beautiful poem. Congratulations on a very well deserving first place.
Gregory Kane06/24/14
Bravo