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It was a hostile land in those days, singing
Of our dream of a house, clinging 
To something we could believe in,
Rooted in the soft rocks so that even
The breath of the earth itself was muffled.
Precarious, tenacious, cliff-edged  -
Dwelling there for three score years of nights
And never a pause taking from its delights;
Never choosing to deny the thrill of waking,
Or surrendering our siren-held souls, or shaking
Off our thraldom.  'Twas the perfect foil
To the ever-present harshness and soil
Of the reality on solid ground.

Copyright © Sidney Beck


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  1. Date: 8/18/2015 5:26:00 PM

    Sidney.. Yes, my comments are late.. But I actually want to read the poem first. You master the metaphor in this deserved winner!
  1. Date: 8/13/2015 2:47:00 PM

    Awesome use of metaphors !! No wonder it is in the winners’ list. Congrats..Sara
  1. Date: 8/10/2015 6:31:00 PM

    SIDNEY, :-) Congratulations on your wonderful win! *SKAT*
  1. Date: 8/10/2015 1:54:00 AM

    Congrats on ur awesome winning poem Sidney! Great work!
  1. Date: 8/9/2015 9:56:00 AM

    Very nice poem. Congratulations on your win in my contest and thank you for taking part.
  1. Date: 8/8/2015 7:41:00 PM

    Let me be the first to comment on your poem. I appreciate the fact that I might have to read it more than once in extracting all the meaning. I feel that it was very nicely done... George LeBlanc