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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#14 Eyes Wide Open




As writers we tend to be that little more observant of the world around us. This challenge is going to take advantage of that and test those observational skills. To keep a sense of focus (yeah dreadful play on words I know) I am going to suggest keeping with the natural world. For example, watch an animal - how it moves and behaves - or a flower in the garden - how the petals vary in shape and colour - then write about it!

Happy Quilling!

Jemmy
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Eyes Wide Open



Kathy Anderson

Seeing Butterflies

Divena Collins

Before the Storm
Miracle Worker
Truth Amidst Fantasy

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Soul Secrets
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Ryter Roethicle

Butterfly
Just Goodnight
Returno
Sonnet to a Sparrow

Liz Rule

Haiga
Haiku 1
Haiku 2
Haiku 3



Kathy Anderson

Seeing Butterflies

I've seen a lot of places
Been down a thousand roads black,
Along the littered highways there abode
Amongst the weeds wings slack,
Were the butterflies wrapped in spaces
Cocooned, awaiting freedoms they lack.

I've been a lot of places to rue
Got lost many a time to confusion
Seen nightmare faces in grassy meadows
Known darkness turned grey fusion
In the lightest cathedral steeple view
Evil eyes amongst the butterflies unison.



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Divena Collins

Before the Storm

So quiet is this day of perfect silence
No birds are singing in the trees
Something must be wrong;
Even the breeze dare not whisper
It breathes of death.

There is not even a murmur to be heard
Of open mouths that cannot speak
Something has happened;
Waves of the sea are without sound
And ebbs in silence.

There is but a haunting calm in the sky
Throwing shadows of deep discontent
That seems so strange;
They say it`s the lull before the storm
Perhaps that is why.



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Miracle Worker

There are no tears in saddened eyes
Nor happiness when there are fears
How feint the heart that never cries
There are no tears.

Nor can she hear thro' deafened ears
No silent voice canst speak of lies
Yet she has feelings that re-appears.

Tho' deaf and muteness equals unwise
She shall never speak of what she hears
Tho' frustration she suffers misapplies
There are no tears.



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Truth Amidst Fantasy

She wept an ocean of salty tears
From the depth of clouds above
What was once dry land for years
Parched the dessert unworthy of
A land that suddenly disappears.
Brought back to life through love

Tears bore floods that hid the land
So they named her tears an ocean
And all that was left was one island
That she nurtured within devotion
Twas infringed with desert sand.
That all came about with emotion.

Time passed the island had grown
Some which had parted the waves
So many islands then were shown
And had all seen the light of days
Winds from the ocean had blown
Seedlings upon islands of maize.

Survival of beasts and humans too
That nurture and cares for this land
An ocean of fishes more than a few
From mother of natures caring hand
Her laws that follow for me and you
Shall never be hard to understand.

All that is taken must be returned
For the land and ocean to flourish
No acts of greed shall be spurned
Let everything survive and nourish
All within life shall be transformed
To end mother of natures anquish.



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Jem Farmer

Soul Secrets

Where shards of light entwine with flowing streams,
The magic sings with breezy willow trees
While lovers hide beneath the rustling green
Their wedding bed an old moss-covered stone
A secret place behind a weeping veil
And love whispers with the water's laughter
Where shards of light entwine with flowing streams,
The magic sings with breezy willow trees
We shared the dreams in our mystical home
With falling blossom setting off to sea
And we slumbered upon the mossy rock
Until the dawn again revealed the day
Where shards of light entwine with flowing streams,
The magic sings with breezy willow trees.

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Ryter Roethicle

Butterfly

Your wings cover the night my butterfly
As you stretch them out in front of me
A delicate miracle so frail, so fragile
Yet they have carried you from the moon
For where else can such a creature live.
I hold you in my hands and see you tremble
Your frail body shaking inwardly crying
Your fists clenched in frustration
Beat your fist on my chest
Cry on my shoulder release your pain
But like the butterfly I cannot hold you long
I must set you free and watch you fly away
Hoping that you will fly back to me
And once again I can hold you


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Just Goodnight

It is now that special time of night
There is no time or need to think at all
The mood is softened by wine and light
I've seen the afternoon's colours fall
Driving home against the sun so bright
My muse has me now, taken o'er control.

She reminds me of the past and loves lost
And at last a love that makes me whole
Knowing thus, gladly will I meet the cost
One I know too well has touched my soul
Looking out I see the moon smiling over all
The aura round her means morning frost.

The music is softer now, thinking of you
Even more the wine has softened the mood
My eyes are ready to close it's the end of day
There is just one final act I have to do
Enough of life today I have viewed
My last thought "I love you" I have to say.


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Returno

Last month we witnessed winters first scenes
For a while we saw the splendours of farewell.
The leaves had fallen and made messes on roads
Which were swept up, or washed away by rain
Leaving naked skeletons of trees reaching up
As if praying to heaven to clothe them once again.
Last month we witnessed winters first scenes
For a while we saw the splendours of farewell.
Even though its still midwinter, I saw an offer of spring,
Bees still diligently at their task helping plants pollinate
Following their flight pattern flower to flower.
Is that not a sign of spring, a sign of rebirth, when
Last month we witnessed winters first scenes
For a while we saw the splendours of farewell.



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Sonnet to a Sparrow

How quiet your chirping now my little friend
Autumn daylight keeps you longer anest
Now you have no company, no love to send
Were you an Eagle she'd be by your breast
'Stead come spring you must court like the rest
What a pity I say that finality happened.
How quiet your chirping now my little friend
Autumn daylight keeps you longer anest
You both were very well fed, why did it end
In two months you will again build a nest
Each time you build, you do your best
What a pity you have to build 'stead of mend
How quiet your chirping now my little friend
Autumn daylight keeps you longer anest.



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Liz Rule

Haiga 1



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Haiku 1

thunderhead
darkening pink
the rhododendron

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Haiku 2

dopplered cries
swathing the sunset sky
white cockatoos

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Haiku 3

freshly cut lemons
the stillness
of the wind chimes

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