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2009 Poetry Theme Challenges

#1 Avalanche




The first theme challenge for the New Year of 2009 is “Avalanche”. Use your imagination and let your dreams, feelings or nature slide down in an Avalanche of thoughts. Try combining both challenges together as an added adventure in poetry or prose.

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Avalanche
Challenge Replies



Maryse Achong

Quaking

Lorainne Dafney

Monster Ball

Judie Gelling

I'm not proud

Ryter Roethicle

Avalanche
Genesis

Nia Wynne

Lahar



Maryse Achong

Quaking

A small earthquake shook us up yesterday
Thank God it did no damage but it still
Left us feeling uneasy, hoping that
There would be no repeat, a bitter pill
To take… this sense of fear that hangs around;
It has always been so, it always will.

And for a while when the weather gets hot
And is followed by rain or cooling breeze
The old folks say "Watch out, prepare yourself,
If you believe in God get on your knees
And plead with Him to spare us once again
And offer sacrifices to appease.

But after that fear passes we forget
And life goes on until another quake
Rattles our cages, rocks our little world
Then once again we are eager to make
Promises to do this or to do that
Anything if only He'll end the shake.

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Lorainne Dafney

Monster Ball

Thunder
sounds closer each
second, until it is
too late, as a giant snowball
careens

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Judie Gelling

I'm not proud

I have such strengths
Of which I'm not proud
Mixed with air and water
On the mountainside I'm loud

Gathering speed as I go
Destroying all within my grasp
Changing natures line of sight
Leaving no one nothing to clasp

Nature, buildings or human life
I often left you buried alive
Alone and scared, I am so sorry
I pray of me you will survive.

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Ryter Roethicle

Avalanche

When I fell, I fell head first,
And was swept along gathering speed.
This was no downhill glide to oblivion
This was an avalanche of emotions!

One kiss required more
Becoming an exponential ride to heaven
They themselves requiring more
Creating an avalanche of desire!

When does love change from lust
Or does lust create love?
And will that sated love
Become an Avalanche of peace?

I ask only because of how I feel about you
And the avalanche you create inside me.

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Genesis

Today I heard two Australians
Had died as a result of an ice wall collapsing.
An Avalanche!
On a mountain they were climbing
In New Zealand

It took me back almost forty years
To a time when I was lying in a hospital bed
With a broken leg
Having survived a hundred foot fall
Onto rocky scree
Where I heard the news.

Adrian had been climbing in France
With two other mates
They were on their way down
Supposedly safe.

They had paused to photograph an ice cave
When the avalanche occurred
It was Adrian's birthday,
His twenty first.
Peter had broke a leg,
And Dikie Seed had walked away.

Adrian was a devout Catholic.

Dikie Seed like me was a devout sinner.

It made me think, why him and not me?

That was the beginning of my search.

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Nia Wynne



Lahar

When you fell, I fell with you,
Head long into feelings and desires.
Volcanic meeting of chocolate and dew,
Lava of hearts and rivers of spice
Taking us where love may conspire
And by it's ways became enticed.

One touch beget the rest,
Believing fate guided our stars,
They too shone the brighter at our behest
Though we outshone them,
Creating river eddy, just ours,
Twinkling with afterglow like gems.

When you fell, I fell with you,
With one touch begot the rest.

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