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Chimera World

Misleading, minacious maze now thwarted, eschews stealth as sandal-clad steps resound. Determined and dour, destiny draws near; completing this quest: forever renowned. Stygian sky grants a much-welcomed boon: conformable clouds cast curtain aside. A radiant pearl suspended aloft, reveals route to where foul fiend does reside. Mouthing prayers to a personal angel; supplication: salient and silent. Head held high, eyes fixed firmly on heaven; bless these dark deeds, bloody and violent. Sharpened silvern sword raised proudly aloft; unblemished blade mirrors midnight’s moon-light. Utters an oath sworn at parents’ graveside; tonight sees the zenith of a birthright. Shrieks fill the air, inhuman and hungry; hero’s hammering heart reaches its peak. Fear is just fleeting, for foe has arrived; savage beast attacks with claw and with beak. Garden’s guardian inflicts ghastly gash; ‘tis nary a scratch for warrior’s might. Unyielding weapon wielded with such flair finally - fatally - settles the fight. Chimera confronted, cowed and conquered; tales of this victory regaled forthwith. A marble mosaic marvel beckons and once-true events pass straight into myth. ------------------------------------------------- February 2017 An apology for any students (or masters) of classical mythology. I’ve used a fair bit of poetic licence with the events leading to the death of the Chimera... but I was raised on a diet of Ray Harryhausen and this was my homage to his creature features! ------------------------------------------------- Written for the “Chimera World” contest sponsored by Nayda Ivette Negron - Eighth Place. The following restrictions applied: “1 original poem that uses the following words: mosaic, maze, moon, guardian, garden, angel, heaven, heart, midnight and clouds.”

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Date: 3/16/2017 1:54:00 PM
Love this imaginative creation John. Solid 7 and a pleasure to read today!
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John Michaels
Date: 3/19/2017 7:27:00 AM
That's most kind. Thanks very much, Robert!
Date: 2/19/2017 11:03:00 AM
Congrats on your placment, John :)
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John Michaels
Date: 2/25/2017 4:33:00 AM
Thanks for your comments. Congrats to you, too.
Date: 2/19/2017 9:38:00 AM
Hi John, just swinging back to offer big congratulations on a well-deserved win! Hugs. Pandita
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John Michaels
Date: 2/25/2017 4:33:00 AM
Thanks, Pandita. Support appreciated as always :)
Date: 2/17/2017 6:01:00 PM
Congratulations John in the placement of the contest. Excellent use of alliteration.
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John Michaels
Date: 2/18/2017 6:31:00 AM
Thank you for your feedback - and for running the competition!
Date: 2/16/2017 3:23:00 PM
Your poem is masterfully composed and deserves a top billing in this contest, John! You delved so deeply into the subject with great imagery and complex phrasing throughout! Wonderful :)
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John Michaels
Date: 2/18/2017 6:34:00 AM
Wow, that's some amazing feedback. I'm so grateful for your kind comments.
Date: 2/16/2017 8:13:00 AM
Very well done, John. It is a winner in my view.
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John Michaels
Date: 2/16/2017 1:18:00 PM
That's very kind of you to say. Many thanks for your comments.
Date: 2/15/2017 7:39:00 AM
What an intriguing Chimera! Love the wonderful imagery and awesome alliteration! A 7 in my books! Good luck in the contest, my friend! Pandita
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John Michaels
Date: 2/16/2017 1:18:00 PM
Thanks for the great comments, Pandita. I do like alliteration if I can make it work, so thanks for noticing. Best of luck to you, too!!