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.