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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Pen and Paper (07/17/14)

TITLE: The Writer Weeps
By Jim McWhinnie


In Holy Quiet, I sit alone,
my old, mystic friend, my fountain pen
rests asleep upon an empty page, a virgin page.
a few moments of my breathing life,
awaiting its immortality, a thought that drifts just beyond my reach,
in the hidden place where noble words gather in the mist,
trying so to now appear, but anguish so
to come to be, eluding me.

In this lowered light of loneliness,
while workers and other swarthy souls who have earned their keep,
receive their just reward in heavy, dreamy sleep,
a wordsmith toils and toils and toils,
and sometimes cries, but more often, sighs,
midst candle smoke and cricket serenades,
to bring to bear his seasoned soul
upon the creamy white of empty page, a desperate quest for worthiness
for a work that must be done, yet few will know,
or even care, these odes of feathers in the air,
which groan to life in lyric birth,
these bits of stardust now fell to earth,
in scrawls of ink, ne’er to return.

The writer weeps, the pen responds,
the paper, it will remember.

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Lynda Schultz 07/24/14
Oh, I love this! It has such feeling and such connection with the writing instruments.
Charla Diehl 07/25/14
You have summed up what all writers feel in such creative and heartfelt words and phrases. I bet you won't be weeping when the judging is done.
Sheldon Bass 07/25/14
This connects well with the every poet's heart. The content is reminiscent of one of my very early poems. Yet you captured the feeling much better than I did. Blessings!
C D Swanson 07/25/14
Hauntingly beautifuL!

God bless~
Graham Insley07/25/14
Very haunting with a message we all well know. this touches the heart of many a writer.

Joyce Krznaric07/25/14
mystically magical!
Joe Moreland07/25/14
This had the feel of something much older, a style long in the past that not many can capture nowadays. Your wordsmithing was marvelous, but it was the cadence that held me spellbound.

Excellent work!
lynn gipson 07/26/14
Oh, my goodness. I don't think I have ever read a more beautiful free verse. It speaks volumes. I love the last line. "The paper, it will remember"

I think we have a winner!
JK Stenger07/26/14
Beautiful use of the language. Yes, I can only admire the flow. It's a meditative piece and I think it's very well done.
God bless you.
Bea Edwards 07/26/14
You painted a vivid picture of a tortured soul seeking to express heartfelt profundities.

Amazingly lovely for all of its tragedy.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/26/14
Gorgeous poetry--every word placed perfectly with phrases I could never even imagine leaping out to grab me with their beauty.
Laury Hubrich 07/26/14
I can really relate to this poem as most writers can, I'm sure. Very nice work.
Ellen Carr 07/27/14
What a lovely and touching expression of the writer's experience. There are so many beautiful images and turns of phrase that I can't really pick any out to praise above the rest. It rings so true for poets and, no doubt, for the writers of prose as well. Very well done!
Diane M. Bowman 07/27/14
Wonderful poem!

I definitely identify with the 'thought that drifts just beyond my reach.'
Glynis Becker07/27/14
Exquisite! There's nothing else I can say that hasn't already been said. A poem straight from a writer's heart.
Joshua Janoski07/27/14
How all writer's feel summed up beautifully in a short but powerful poem. Great job with this one!
Judith Gayle Smith07/29/14
Exquisite. I bet it is actually non-fiction. This reads with my heart beats with you . . .
Leola Ogle 07/31/14
Jim, Jim, Jim! Your writing always touches my heart and soul. This is excellent. Congratulations!
Margaret Kearley 07/31/14
Really beautiful Jim. I so identify! Many congratulations on a very well deserved win.
Danielle King 07/31/14
Oooh, breathtakingly beautiful. What more can I say? A well deserved 1st place. Congratulations!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/31/14
Congratulations on sitting atop the heap of EC's, Jim. This is gorgeous. I love all your poetry!
Elizabeth Baize07/31/14
Beautiful!! Congratulations on your win!
Bea Edwards 08/01/14
Yay! So pleased for you.
Carol Hind08/04/14
Well done Jim. Beautiful poem and a worthy winner.