White as snow,
this Teacher's vernal banner unfurls.
Red as heart's blood,
her Wisdom ripens in luscious pearls.
for a century or two,
emblem of Beauty
and all that is true...
“My wares are
devoured fresh, juiced,
or baked in pies.
Felled in fable by a boy who
could tell no lies.
Innocent as Love’s first kiss,
I quiet winter coughs,
and evoke joyful bliss.
I ease aching bones,
and bring forth
new life from stones!
Grace, Protection and
to every child
I will bequeath.
to every blushing bride
beneath my wreath.
Savor my sweetness
for the illusion of Life
Release that which
no longer serves you!
and from ashes
I bear the wisdom
inspiring Honor, Faith and Trust
to swell within your beating heart.
only Love to enter,
I turn aside
spirits of ill intent
when your threshold
I will show you the path
of the Gentle Warrior;
Keep in mind, this is a monitored group and there are only a couple of rules, which are:
Make sure you put this (WWE, 11/28/12, Payback) in your title.
Be sure to tag it with WWE, Gather Writing Essentials, Payback. Post to Gather Writing Essential.
I ask that you make your submission(s) by next Tuesday afternoon.
There is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
Put this challenge statement at the beginning or end of your submission so readers will know what you’re supposed to do and won’t think you’re crazy.
Challenge: Take a poem you've already written and first write the story behind the poem. What does it mean to you as the writer? What inspired it? Was it your muse's fault and if you're going to blame your muse, what was he/she/it thinking? Then follow up with your poem.
Below are responses to prior challenges - awesome reading.
Another Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving WWE, 11/21/12, On Off, by Charles Ashurston
off and back on or not, by Karen Vaughan
Speed Dating with Androids, by Doug Westberg
How Do I Get To I-5?, by G.M. Jackson
Was it tofu, hamburger, or was it simply love? , by Angela A.
For Bluebird, by richard lynn livesay