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2012 Poetry Theme Challenges

#20 From Dawn to Dusk




There is nothing quite as inspiring as a beautiful sunrise or sunset. Whether it be over hills and mountains, forests or plains or reflected in seas and lakes each is different and unique. So the challenge this time is to use that beauty within our poetry either as the main subject theme or as a sub-theme creating a backdrop within the poem.

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Jemmy
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From Dawn To Dusk



Terry Clitheroe

Doubts at Dusk
Golden Rays
Heavenly View
Over The West Gate
Penang Dawn

Divena Collins

Autumn Illusion
Sunset of Love

Jem Farmer

Dawn of Love
Gold on Gold
Love In Twilight


Terry Clitheroe

Doubts at Dusk

For a while the moon hides behind the clouds
Hesitant to show her face because she knows
What will happen when we lift the shrouds
When all of her secrets become exposed.

Hesitant to show her face because she knows
There is no mystery with love only secrets
When all of her secrets become exposed,
Then all too often decisions become regrets.

There is no mystery with love only secrets,
That oft have a way of ignoring what is true.
Then all too often decisions become regrets,
And what was thought wise begin to rue.

That oft have a way of ignoring what is true.
This is human, when we should look about
And what was thought wise we begin to rue,
Creating blackness and encouraging doubt

This is human, when we should look about
Realising that the absence of moon leaves us
Creating blackness and encouraging doubt.
Instead sleep in comfort in that darkness.



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Golden Rays

Golden rays strike the Earth, yet do not bounce
The wintry soil reluctantly accepts the sun
Even though too rare is seen this solar pounce
Preferred dull skies and days of clouds have begun.

The wintry soil reluctantly accepts the sun
And for a while rekindled warmth remembered.
Preferred dull skies and days of clouds have begun
And sounds of falling rain too rarely heard.

And for a while rekindled warmth remembered.
Then prayers for "Old time winters ring out"
And sounds of falling rain too rarely heard,
Will raise our hopes and out of happiness shout.



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Heavenly View

It's not a windless spring morning
There is a gentle breeze instead
And the breeze is stirring the trees
Like they are waving to the sun.
The grass and flowers follow suit.
Away from the glare I see clouds
White fluffy ones being pushed along.
By noon they will have gone away
Then we'll be left with a blue sky
And the northerly will get up again
Everything will sag with the heat
The trees and grass will all go dry
We'll be a sunburnt country again
Looking forwards to dusk once more.



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Over the West Gate

The traffic's bad today as it hits the top
Because the sun rays hit the unprepared
Some drivers have almost come to a stop.
At the peak we're level with the waking sun
And a sniper could have no better shot
One thing's sure at this time driving's no fun
It's in the morn driving things are not so hot.
Thence once over we look down upon the bay
The mountains in front as the sun wakes up
For a moment we ignore problems in the fray.
Perhaps a blister of balloons come into view
Flames keeping them aloft along their way
Seeing the dawning sun as he slowly grew
And begging him, "Please, for a while do stay."



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Penang Dawn (Modern)

All I have to do is open my door
A table and chair's all I need mostly
From here I can see the dawn arise
My body is still set on Melbourne time.

A table and chair are all I need mostly
There's no birdsounds I am ahead of them
My body is still set on Melbourne time
As I hear the first soundings, I see the light.

There's no birdsounds I am ahead of them
Just for a while each nest holds a silent feast
As I hear the first soundings, I see the light.
As from forest clad mountain a light appears

Just for a while each nest holds a silent feast
Then a cacophony of sound breaks out
As from forest clad mountain a light appears
Then an avian symphony of sound breaks out.

Then a cacophony of sound breaks out
The bridge only lit by headlights emerges
Then an avian symphony of sound breaks out
As the rising sun wakes the flora from slumber

The bridge only lit by headlights emerges
Too soon civilisation rears its ugly head
As the rising sun wakes the flora from slumber
And I reluctantly rise returning to Earth again.



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Divena Collins

Autumn Illusion (Malaysian)

When autumn leaves begin to fade
Leaving a carpet of gold and fawn
Tinted illusions of an image is made
Within a patchwork of golden dawn.

Leaving a carpet of gold and fawn
An autumn hound had lost her way
Within a patchwork of golden dawn.
Shaded hues upon a fine misty day.

An autumn hound had lost her way
It was hard for her to figure out
Shaded hues upon a fine misty day
Lost in a maze with leaves all about.

It was hard for her to figure out
For shades around her were new
Lost in a maze with leaves all about
Yet with a familiar scent she knew.



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Sunset of Love (Malaysian)

Calm the night when a sunset glows
When all is quiet and still the ocean
And only a gentle breeze shall blow
Dreams awaken unto natures emotion.

When all is quiet and still is the ocean
All they need is to be close together
Dreams awaken to natures emotion.
Then lovers shall be lovers forever.

All they need is to be close together
Within the warmth of a loving heart
A love that is true shall never sever
Nor shall their emotions ever depart.

Within the warmth of a loving heart
When lovers shall remain to be true
Nor shall their emotions ever depart
From affection `neath a sunsets hue.


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Jem Farmer

Dawn of Love (French)

My eyes opened to the sun rise
First golden rays were kissing Earth
On trees of whispering sighs
Echoed in greeting the day's birth.

First golden rays were kissing Earth
The mountains shimmer purple hue
Echoed in greeting the day's birth
My eyes opened to look at you.

The mountains shimmer purple hue
Reflections of a night now gone
My eyes opened to look at you
Now my heart knows you are the one.

Reflections of a night now gone
On trees of whispering sighs
Now my heart knows you are the one
My eyes opened to the sun rise.


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Gold on Gold

The sun reflects with gold on gold
The coming of the autumn day
As dying trees are feeling old
The sun reflects with gold on gold
Beneath the boughs the fairies told
The frosty dawns are here to stay
The sun reflects with gold on gold
The coming of the autumn day.

The fairy queen is dressed in red
For dancing in the falling leaves
Her dainty steps the way ahead
The fairy queen is dressed in red
The winter sighs 'it's time for bed'
And grown-ups say it's make believe
The fairy queen is dressed in red
For dancing in the falling leaves.


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Love In Twilight

Behind the hills the sun resigns
And just beyond lies destiny
A trail of words in poet's lines
That led me to the heart of she.

And just beyond lies destiny
A little further long the way
That led me to the heart of she
For love is all that’s left to say.

A little further long the way
I'll see her smile as time suspends
For love is all that's left to say
For she is where my journey ends.

I'll see her smile as time suspends
A trail of words in poet's lines
For she is where my journey ends
Behind the hills the sun resigns.


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