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Leila's Journey

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Leila's Journey

Her outlook had been a barren, rubble-filled landscape 
for as long as she remembered.

Leila lived alone, 
ate alone, 
slept alone 
and didn’t dream at all.

Staring out from her window she noticed a tiny difference, 
a delicate seedling.
The mornings gained a sense of purpose as, 
through a layer of glass,
she witnessed the growth of something new.

She began to dream of opportunity and desire.
The seedling blossomed 
with a rare beauty 
and she thought of its scent.

Determined to conquer her fear of the outdoors 
Leila focused on the bloom
…she never saw the speeding car.


**for Nikko's Twist and Shock contest

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  1. Date: 8/14/2010 9:08:00 AM
    Congratulations Sharon on your win in Nikko Palmario's contest "Twist and SHOCK" Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/10/2010 9:50:00 PM
    sharon, I remember this. I have to say. It was my favorite one for shock effect. Just awesome. Congrats. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 8/8/2010 8:10:00 AM
    I have read this a few times now, and every time the ending becomes more real. Very clever theme put to wonderful poetry. Many congratulations Sharon on your win in Nikko's fine contest >> James

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 9:39:00 PM
    Congrats on your well deserved victory, Sharon

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 7:16:00 PM
    Sharon, this is a great 'twist and shock' all the way. Congratulations on your win!~Chris

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 12:05:00 PM
    Congrats Sharon on your winning poem in the Twist and Shock contest with this exceptional write.. enjoy another momentous victory..with luv..

  1. Date: 8/7/2010 9:40:00 AM
    Definitely a shocker, Sharon!! You sure gave this a great twist -- one can definitely feel that sense of loss and sadness for Leila... super congrats on your win with this awesome write with an unexpected ending, Sharon :) hugs -- nikko :)

  1. Date: 7/23/2010 12:15:00 AM
    Oh WOW, Nikko is gonna love this. I probably would give it first place (then again, I don't even recall seeing any of the other entries!) but WOW! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/19/2010 11:42:00 AM
    aw sad story!! good one for the contest!! should be the winner!!

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 6:41:00 AM
    Wow, Sharon! And what an ending!!! Enjoyed the read and best of luck in Nikko's contest. Poor Nikko it seems that she has to suffer the second cyclone in just a short time!!! Have a nice week..:)Gert

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 4:24:00 AM
    Super entry Sharon for Nikko's "Twist and Shock" contest >> James

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 4:45:00 PM
    A great entry Sharon.. and good luck in Nikko's exciting challenge ... my entry is what happened to me last night .. the surprise engagement in A MidSummer Night's Dream Come True.. talk about a shock and twist ... after years of dating.. WoW.. good luck and thankxxx for your welcome comments always.. with luv..