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20 February 2012
Today is the first challenge for the Campaign over at Rach Writes. The challenge is to write something in 200 words or less starting with the line "Shadows crept across the wall." I chose to write a poem, as that is my first love in writing, and the genre I am most comfortable in. According to MS Word, it is 83 words (I usually write much shorter than required). It is written in trochaic tetrameter, if anyone cares. ;)

Nightfall

Shadows crept across the wall;
Anna watched the darkness fall.
Nothing could defend the light;
Nothing could stave off the night.
Yet she sat and watched the sky,
Watched the clouds drift slowly by
While the sun sank in the west
And the world went to its rest,
For she loved this time of day:
Nature’s colours turning grey,
People slowing down to sleep,
Praying God their souls to keep;
Setting sun may seem an end,
But she calls the night a friend.
-Esther Jones

40 comments:

Jess said...

Wow, that was deep. I absolutely loved it. Great job! Following along :)

I'm entry #19

Morgan said...

Ohhhhh... Loved this! Just "liked" it! :D

kmckendry said...

Beautiful imagery and flow. Great entry! :)

I'm #30.

Theresa Small Sneed said...

Very nice! I'm in your group for Rachael's 4th campaign! Glad to meet you! ~Theresa Sneed, author of No Angel and its forthcoming prequel, From Heaven to Earth

Carrie Butler said...

Very nice, Esther! I really enjoyed it. :)

David P. King said...

Very nice. Short, sweet, and refreshing! :)

RaeAnn said...

That's a simply lovely poem! I love it!

Kevin Hiatt said...

Love poetry, I wish I could string prose like that. So jealous, but very much enjoyed reading it.

Sarah said...

Pretty good! I think the meter's off in a few places, but whatever, right? It's beautiful imagery and tone, too! Loved lines 10-12 particularly. =)

Ann Cory said...

Your words are moving - you write poetry well, nice rhythm and cadence!

S.P. Bowers said...

Loved it. Very vivid piece. I used to love writing poetry but I havne't done much with it lately. I wasn't very good.

Alyssa said...

I really like this, you had great flow throughout the poem! You've got my vote! :)

I'm #37

Btw new follower! :)

Tara Tyler said...

sweet poem! glad you chose this route!

Fairview said...

nice! First poem I've seen.

Cherie Reich said...

Great poem! I like the rhythm of it. :)

Alynza Smith said...

Very nice! Love the poems. :)

alexia said...

Cool poem! I love this take on the challenge.

Ashley Nixon said...

That was wonderful! I loved how story-like it was, though it was a poem. Third poem! Yay! Very creative!

bridgetstraub.com said...

Nicely done

Sally said...

Great poem - love it. I'm #91

Kerri Cuev said...

Like a breath of fresh air. Very lovely!

Rebekah Loper said...

Hi there, I'm stopping by from the fantasy group at the Campaign! Finally getting around to everyone . . .

Lovely poem, good job on it! It read so smoothly.

Gwen said...

Oh, you could totally woe me with your poetry.

#109

Cynthia said...

What a lovely poem. It could be interpreted in more than one way. Thanks for sharing!

#124

Nick Wilford said...

Very nice and contemplative. A refreshing change to read this.

T.D. McFrost said...

Gorgeous!

You definitely know poetry and I thank you for considering my entry poetic as well. You made my day Esther.

Thanks a lot! ^_^

Traci Kenworth said...

Beautiful poetry.

Nancy Thompson said...

I really enjoyed that. I love rhyming poetry but can't pull it off very well myself. Nicely done! I'm a new follower and entry #96.

Claire Hennessy said...

I'm really not a poetry person but this is the second poem I've really liked in this Challenge.

Your entry has been shortlisted and will move on to round 2 of the competition. :) There will be a semi-final (round 3) and a final (round 4).

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

That's awesome. Thank you. :)

Sarah F. said...

Esther, like Clarie, I'm not really a poetry person, but this was beautiful. Congratulations! You've been shortlisted as one of entries to move on to the semi-finals. There will be only one more stage beyond this one...the finals. And everyone achieving that level of the competition is going to get a prize of some kind.
Good luck!
~Sarah F.

C.M.Brown said...

Very nice poem! Well done and good luck in the comp!

Sherri Lackey said...

This is one of my favorites from the campaign. You have my vote!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations, you're a winner in the challenge!

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

Thank you! :)

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

I went over and over the metre, and I cannot see what you mean. Can you give me specifics?

Rachael Harrie said...

Very well written Esther, and it tells a lovely story! I don't see much poetry in the Challenges, so it's always fun to read (and kudos for how much effort it takes to meet the trochaic tetrameter requirements!)

I've awarded you Eighth Place overall in the Judging Round! A huge congrats to you, and don't forget to pop by my blog to see the prizes you've won :)

Hugs,

Rach

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

Thanks, Rach. I can't believe I won my very first challenge in my very first Campaign. I'm walking on air right now. :)

Christopher S. Ledbetter said...

Hey I tagged you in the Lucky Seven meme for the 4th Platform Builder's Campaign. Go here to see what it's all about. http://caenus.blogspot.com/2012/04/lucky-seven-meme-and-sky-throne-excerpt.html

Esther Spurrill-Jones said...

Thanks, Chris. I'm not sure if I have a WiP with 77 pages... I'll take a look and see what I can do.