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  As the sky turned dark
  The elders knew a storm was coming
  The totems in the graveyard were swaying
  To the song the wind was humming

   The old men could remember well
   The storms of long ago
   And they would tell the stories
   So the young ones would know

   "Don't forget," they would say
    Make the totems strong
    For they must stand forever
    Through all the storms that come along"

    When the skies cleared, the sun came out
    And  there the totems stood
    Protecting those in the graveyard
    With the magic carved into their wood              Vernette Hutcherson 8-16-11

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  1. Date: 8/23/2011 1:39:00 PM
    Congratulations on your placement in Francine Roberts' "Totems in the Darkening Sky" contest Vernette. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 4:24:00 PM
    Vernette: Congratulations on your win! Great job! Missed you while I was away my friend. Caryl Ramsdale

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 3:47:00 AM
    hey Vernette congrats on your win David

  1. Date: 8/20/2011 1:51:00 AM
    Very nice Vernette. I don't know how she chose from among all of these great poems. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 11:56:00 PM
    Congrats Vernette on your super seventh place win in Totem contest with this wonderful write luv..

  1. Date: 8/19/2011 10:25:00 PM
    congrats on your 7th place win in the contest Vernette, great job

  1. Date: 8/16/2011 9:09:00 AM
    I am so thrilled by the poetry I am reading this morning. Looks like everyone has found a pipeline to inspiration. This is wonderful and I am so happy your poetry is right here in this mix Vernette. Thank you so much for sharing. It is so wonderful to see you here posting once again my friend. Love, Carol