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Rowing Ruataniwha

Thunderous silence in fresh mountain air
Dragonflies land on a mirrored flat lake. 
A trout breaks the surface with but a swirl
Hushed morning stopping to rolling vast cheer.
Eight boats of rowers united in curl
Sixty-four faces combined in their ache
Coxswains urging each stroke with due care.

Rugged peaks fix firm gaze from up high
Each ridge a crease on a wrinkled old face.
Colours camouflaged by tussock and screes 
Against this grave setting boats do defy.
Medleys on shore of blushing marquees
Supporting calls surge the rowers fast pace
Crews each pushing for all others to deny.

Canada geese carve the sky in their vee
Graceful wings scooped as they slowly descend.
Almost merging in the landscape behind
Splashes blend as birds land and oars break free.
Rowers increase their methodical grind
While a grand race is nearing its end
Sounds swell as crowds heighten their pleas.

Symbols of an intolerant harsh soil
Grey terraces flank the edge of the lake.
Head down merino ewes quest for their feed
Rowers and sheep joint in differing toil.
Leading boats lunge forward as though freed
Far behind peace returns in their wake
And the triumphant finally uncoil.


20th January 2016

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Date: 6/18/2016 2:37:00 PM
Mark, congrats on your placement and thank you for being a part of my contest :)-luloo
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Mark Woods
Date: 6/19/2016 1:07:00 PM
Cheers. : )
Date: 2/21/2016 8:14:00 PM
Great write Mark. Keep it up mate.
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Mark Woods
Date: 6/19/2016 1:11:00 PM
Thank you
Date: 2/18/2016 11:28:00 AM
Congratulation on the win!!
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Date: 2/16/2016 5:21:00 PM
Impressive Human Nature-4 stanza,/7 lines..Congrats on your winner..Sara
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Date: 6/19/2016 1:12:00 PM
Cheers Sara. Sorry for the late reply
Date: 2/16/2016 1:56:00 AM
Congrats on ur first place win with this awesome write Mark..
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Date: 6/19/2016 1:11:00 PM
Whoops missed this. Thanks Doc
Date: 2/15/2016 11:28:00 PM
Never have any doubts about your talent Mark. Your words speak of it for you! I loved this! #7
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Date: 2/14/2016 2:56:00 PM
This is awesome and so deserving of first place! Congratulations! #7
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Date: 2/15/2016 3:22:00 AM
You've made me grin from ear to ear Connie! I've been having doubts about writing so your comment and the awesome means means a lot. : )
Date: 2/13/2016 7:38:00 PM
Congratulations on your #1 win with this easy-flowing rhyme and outstanding imagery poem. Awesome!
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Mark Woods
Date: 2/15/2016 3:18:00 AM
Thank you Susan, a very pleasant surprise to come back too : )
Date: 2/13/2016 5:05:00 PM
A well-deserved number one, Woodsy! Congrats and smiles for you ... CayCay
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Date: 2/15/2016 2:09:00 AM
Gudday friend. You were so enthusiastic when I first wrote it I truly appreciate your support : )
Date: 2/12/2016 11:00:00 PM
Beautifully written Mark. A well deserved win for you. Congratulations.
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Date: 2/15/2016 2:07:00 AM
Cheers Scott. Great contest and I was fortunate Marugu saw favour in it. : )
Date: 2/12/2016 9:24:00 PM
Congratulations on your winning place. I felt from the start you would do well with this one. SuZ
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Date: 2/15/2016 2:06:00 AM
I always had a shadow of doubt in my mind about whether it was of the standard that would do OK. Thank you for your encouragement
Date: 2/12/2016 5:50:00 PM
Mark, congrats on your lovely win. LINDA
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Date: 2/14/2016 11:41:00 PM
Gudday PD, Thank you so much : )
Date: 2/12/2016 4:38:00 PM
I was completely enrapt with this one from the first line. Congratulations on this winner, Mark.
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Date: 2/14/2016 11:40:00 PM
Cheers Lin, I really felt I was in a writing slump, and in all fairness I still seem to be, however this competition really was in an area that I enjoy writing about.
Date: 2/12/2016 2:37:00 PM
Amazing imagery, Mark. Congratulations on your First Place win. Sandra
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Date: 2/14/2016 10:53:00 PM
Hi Sandra, I was fortunate that I was only recounting what I have been lucky enough to see. Thank you : )
Date: 1/28/2016 11:59:00 PM
I'd be like you Mark: Watching the nature around. I can never help but notice it. Will score very high. SuZ
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Date: 2/14/2016 10:50:00 PM
Gudday Suzanne, I've been away for a bit, but it's awesome to pop back in and see these lovely comments. Thank you so much
Date: 1/20/2016 8:28:00 PM
Hello Mark ... rowing is a great water sport to watch. There's no revving of motors and the wildlife are barely affected. Do you have Canada geese in NZ - Thank you Mark - Lindsay
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Date: 1/20/2016 9:47:00 PM
In plague proportions in our high country. One bird eats the same amount as a ewe, so you can imagine the carnage when a mob of four to five hundred drop in! They were declared a pest a few years back which is helping. Hunted them many times and they are a noble adversary
Date: 1/20/2016 9:30:00 AM
Truly impressive, Mark, you did a great and thorough job taking us there and making it come to life. We have another accent issue with care rhyming with cheer and air - I point this out only because it is interesting, not because you should change anything, it is something we all need to be aware of. I truly think this is one of your more complicated writes, made simple with excellent writing. Again, impressive ... 7 ... CayCay
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Date: 1/20/2016 1:26:00 PM
google not doodle. Jolly auto-correct!
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Date: 1/20/2016 12:28:00 PM
I'm not sure if you have ever watched rowing as a sport but it is good to watch and can be hosted in some spectacular places. Ruataniwha is a major rowing centre down here, maybe worth a doodle for some stunning images. I must admit I'm quite surprised about the rhyme, language can be a peculiar beast. Thank you : )
Date: 1/20/2016 9:07:00 AM
wow, you've whipped a delicacy that is nature... truly impressive, mark!
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Date: 1/20/2016 12:22:00 PM
Cheers Nette, I can see it all in my minds eye and I'm hopeful it has gone onto paper properly!