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Keith Wallis

Poetry Challenge 2013

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If Puce was a juice

 

 

and I a princess

 

 

I'd turn up my nose

 

 

for much less!

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Sixteen gleaming greens

 

 

glisten in sunshine's sheen on

 

 

myriad trees' leaves.

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Darkly shrouded veil

 

 

brings midnight to mind.

 

 

While dainty day rise

 

 

causes me to think...

 

 

exclusively in pink

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February 4:

 

 

Striated ribbons

 

 

Decorate the skyline

 

 

In iridescence and spendor

 

 

Each cloud a color-filled canvas

 

 

Each sunray light's briliant illumination

 

 

From the Master Designer's infinte paintbox

 

 

Sharing multicolored rainbows' promises for another day.

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Bumbles

 

 

Blossoms buddin’

 

 

spring is comin’

 

 

they are busy

 

 

busy buzzin’

 

 

through the gardens

 

 

they are strummin’

 

 

over flowers

 

 

cute as buttons

 

 

legs are danglin’

 

 

legs are struttin’

 

 

through some pollen

 

 

they’re like gluttons

 

 

for the honey

 

 

or some somethin’

 

 

that might make ‘em

 

 

stingers stunnin’

 

 

for a queen bee

 

 

kissin’ cousins

 

 

black and yellow

 

 

they go hummin’.

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Like ghostly galleons

 

 

Cruising the grey-tinged waves

 

 

Moon's shadows ply their spectral shades

 

 

Across the pond's ripples reflecting silvered shimmers

 

 

Of sentinel pines keeping night-watch. Morning gives chase and conquers.

 

 

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Plastic

 

 

On a whimsy

 

 

far and wide

 

 

a princess seeks

 

 

to be a bride

 

 

with platinum dreams

 

 

a stallion ride

 

 

a prince of valor

 

 

by her side

 

 

they walk the aisle

 

 

stride in stride

 

 

of registry

 

 

both true and tried

 

 

where riches call

 

 

Don’t be denied

 

 

and kingdoms fall

 

 

for sense of pride

 

 

that His Forever

 

 

does apply

 

 

to storm the castle!

 

 

Charge!

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My raspberry cranberry door

 

 

Newly painted

 

 

Starkly present

 

 

Juxtiposition

 

 

To faded grey-green walls

 

 

Bleached by Florida's

 

 

Intensity

 

 

Welcomes those

 

 

Who can't miss

 

 

Its new presence.

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Sensations, cool, moving,

 

 

Shades of harmony.

 

 

Blending edges gently,

 

 

Sky fall,

 

 

Days end,

 

 

Blues abound.

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..

 

 

Clouds

 

 

.......sheep

 

 

….........set free

 

 

…………..skipping o’er

 

 

…………….heavenly mounds

 

 

……………of predestined steeps

 

 

…………trodden by a shepherd

 

 

……..his rod and staff directs them

 

 

…….in unison across the sky

 

 

….as sun makes them a canvas

 

 

......of pure reflection, white

 

 

.........shimmering with light

 

 

………....of silky sweet

 

 

………………surrender

 

 

……………………found in

 

 

……………………………..flight.

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a

 

 

fir

 

 

pine

 

 

tree's

 

 

branch

 

 

reaches

 

 

out into its

 

 

surroungings

 

 

Searching through

 

 

blue's wideness to touch

 

 

another piece of universe's

 

 

enveloping embrace where it

 

 

fulfils its purpose to beautify the

 

 

landscape and glorify God's world.

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Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy in your heart. Joy in your soul.

 

It's brilliant light that makes you whole.

 

This muse, that shines from deep within,

 

saves man from heartache, pain and sin.

 

What lights this world? I think I know!

 

It shines down from the heavens

 

though it's neither starlight

 

moon, nor sun and has an

 

amber kind of glow

 

that touches each

 

and every-

 

one.

 

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Glistening diamonds

 

 

Brilliance personified

 

 

As sun illuminates each

 

 

Prismed surface after

 

 

Seasonal snow falls.

 

 

Imagine the creator's

 

 

Genius using only

 

 

Pristine white's palette

 

 

That each snowflake

 

 

Is unique, as we are!

 

 

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Reds, Greens, and Blues

 

 

Take on new significance

 

 

I've noticed,

 

 

When strung on a harp

 

 

Gently played on a

 

 

Rainy Valentine afternoon.

 

 

So it is:

 

 

Played in harmony

 

 

Each of our colors

 

 

Enriches and beautifies

 

 

Our world's melody

 

 

Gracing each other

 

 

With alike significance

 

 

When played by the

 

 

Master.

 

 

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The squeak of the old screen door

 

 

a creak in the white pine floor

 

 

speak words in the twilight world

 

 

from throats that are rusty

 

 

from memories that are dusty.

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Paleolithic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chartreuse geckos

 

 

 

 

gila monsters

 

 

 

 

lizards on the prowl

 

 

 

 

prehistoric

 

 

 

 

before man

 

 

 

 

komodo dragon

 

 

 

 

scowl

 

 

 

 

get a glimpse

 

 

 

 

of what it’s like

 

 

 

 

to be Neanderthal

 

 

 

 

turtles, snakes

 

 

 

 

chameleons

 

 

 

 

backwards years

 

 

 

 

gazillions

 

 

 

 

are reptiles one and all.

 

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Here's a remake of a song I wrote quite a few years ago. !thumbsup!

 

Lilac Sky (Song)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Humming bird speed wings of music,

 

 

 

 

 

flap their notes with scents of roses,

 

Fly your dreams as swift as you can ...

 

Take us back to yester pageant,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tambourine songs greeting Moses,

 

Dancing joyfully as he sang

 

in la-la-la lilac sky.

 

Bumble bee send words of good news,

 

strum them soft across our heart strings,

 

Lift your peace unto all nations ...

 

Whisk us off to fragrant deserts,

 

 

 

 

 

happy garden Babylon swings,

 

Breezy are the days of laughter

 

in la-la-la lilac sky.

 

Butterfly float shades of color,

 

brush them soft on pastel flowers,

 

Touch our souls with angel's whisper ...

 

Swoop us up in jubilation,

 

 

 

 

 

God's compassion falls like showers,

 

We are happy to be with Him

 

in la-la-la lilac sky.

 

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Statuesque skeletal sycamore

 

 

Reaches her bare arms heavenward

 

 

Inviting sticky snowflakes to blanket

 

 

Her with a fluffy white sweater mantle

 

 

To ward off winter's whipping wind.

 

 

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Jonquil, buttercup, blooms on the tulip tree,

 

 

feathered friends hanging upside down to feed

 

 

kernels on a tender cob,

 

 

all filling my need

 

 

of yellow.

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Dashing red

 

 

Tweeting merrily

 

 

Flashing cardinals

 

 

And their dowdy mates

 

 

Rustle in the palmettos

 

 

Twittering their messages

 

 

In language texters only wish

 

 

They understood.

 

 

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All around cold and heavy looming clouds

 

 

gray drops are freezing as they fall so drear

 

 

"Hey, no comfort here."

 

 

whispers the KY. wind, with an insidious chilling tone.

 

 

My afghan beacons as I turn that way,

 

 

its warmth I'll find and maybe some cheer

 

 

"Hey, there's comfort here"

 

 

I sing as I hug myself barring the cold from my bone.

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Nestlings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sparrows, finches, threshes, quail,

 

 

 

 

camouflaged in winter’s swell

 

 

of decaying branches, twigs, and leaves

 

 

 

 

ripped from windblown,

 

 

ragged trees,

 

 

 

 

rummage through

 

 

 

 

beneath

 

 

 

 

one,

 

 

in particular,

 

 

 

 

cottonwood,

 

 

abreast the rest

 

 

 

 

more low,

 

 

 

 

but much more the dangerous

 

 

as, on its lofty perch,

 

 

 

 

a crow peers

 

 

nonchalantly,

 

 

 

 

black

 

 

into a mother lode

 

 

 

 

of spring.

 

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A cruel remark

 

 

A casual cut

 

 

Bringing thoughts amiss

 

 

and a sad refrain

 

 

Stains a tender cheek

 

 

of over blushed pink

 

 

kills a heart

 

 

at friendship's start.

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Old Barn

 

 

Beside the farm house

 

 

dressed Victorian,

 

 

a peasant’s glove

 

 

worn, torn, and battered

 

 

by many years

 

 

worked hard

 

 

in scorching sun

 

 

and thrashing rain,

 

 

painted and repainted again

 

 

rustic red,

 

 

milked the cow and delivered foals in spring

 

 

and nurtured them through maturity

 

 

‘til death,

 

 

hung a horse’s tack or two

 

 

on lofty loft posts

 

 

laden with hay,

 

 

and sheltered many a weary cowboy

 

 

passing chill of night,

 

 

extends its welcome hand today

 

 

to every generation

 

 

slightly skewed from upright,

 

 

stay a pillar of strength.

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