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Life is an infinite continuum, feeding on its own death. Our mortality, real and imagined, lives within. We can always see these truths with a discerning eye. The mirrored images that seem like two, are but one, a parallel universe whose paths cross like a wisp of wind, we are all of one time, like prose and poems written in separate centuries, but of the same struggle. There, always there, truth never hides, except for those who don’t seek it  for fear of what they might find. From light to dark we fly in different directions though toward the same destination. What matters is what we do on our flight. Do we see the paths of leaves as they float on the pond, the reflection of the sky beyond, and the trees, who have now shed their leaves but will reflect full in the spring; beneath the leaves, the roots of the lily pads  and the stare of a wary carp who looks from his world as we do from ours? We must find time on our journey to read, play a game, or simply sit and wonder at the marvels around us, for death will come in its own time…

Talking to Yourself Contest Judged


Blog Posted:7/8/2013 12:33:00 PM

Wow, Wow!!  What fantastic inspiration on the theme.  I couldn’t separate the first 4 because they all came in from different angles so I shuffled them up and these are the 4 first place poems and I have no idea who you are but congratulations.

Clocks—I love the creativity of this write tying it all to time and going from youth to dead to elder and back to dead is truly a conversation of thoughts.  Also, the relative meaning of time within each is perfectly personified; from the smirk toward the flippant youth, to the pity for the too aware elder, to the reality of the clock-less dead.

Metamorphosis—The analogy of the life of a butterfly from larva to pupal to adult is surrounded by captivating images of the butterfly metaphor mixed with reality’s spices of our own existence from the inquisitive and playful young mind, to taking wing through life’s challenges until “childhood sky billows like a trail”. Then “framed as butterflies” “flickering” the spirit’s last glide. Beautiful

Unfinished—This is truly the most  “close to life” poem and is perfect in its simplicity and carries the innocence of childhood, the teddy bear, the shelter of Mom and Dad and dreams of the future to the elder reflection of tomorrow, to the lonely reality of old age and a tired wish to sleep with God, but then to a beautiful peace. I love how this took the conversation in the end and death advises its former self and not to leave things unfinished.

Dandelion—The last but not least of the top 4 takes a young girl (this almost reminds me of the admonitions to Scrooge about Tiny Tim) and her dandelion (hopes and dreams) through the innocence of youth to an elder still clutching and dreaming yet unfulfilled and resigned to her fate. The warning of the dead is like that admonition to Scrooge that the little boy would die. Read the last verse that includes “Watch this girl” it is priceless!

Please read through all of the winners, they are all worthy of praise. Thanks to all who entered.

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  1. Date: 7/10/2013 11:03:00 AM
    this is a most challenging task and all rose to the occasion, craig... my warmest cheers to you and all enrants... thanks for your encouraging words.... applause!..:)

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  1. Date: 7/8/2013 2:13:00 PM
    hmmm, I believe I read at least three out of four of these. I'll go see later who your winners are. sorry, this was one contest I could not fathom how to proceed, so I never did it. But I applaud those clever enough to come up with great approaches to it!

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