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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: In the Melting of Candlelight
By Jim McWhinnie
05/19/10


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In the mist of the lonely hours,
in the melting of the candlelight,
in the aging of the night and in the seasoning of my soul,
I take my place in this other world, this nether world,
where the ancient thoughts from unknown realms,
half-whispered words not yet formed,
as a far-too-mortal human hand,
struggles to turn the echoes that have always been
into characters of ink upon a virgin page of mortal immortality.

As I sit in this amber-colored hush,
in the soft embrace of my sympathetic solitude
I can hear the faint scratchings of my fellow monks
in this vast scriptorium of souls,
giving anguished birth to thoughts far beyond the means of any written words.
They will all come short, they all will fail but they will try,
and they will try,
and they will try.

Why?
Because they must.
For they thought they heard-
Yes, that is it-
they thought they heard…
another's voice,
That word that sometimes can be heard,
in the mist of the lonely hours,
in the melting of the candlelight,
in this aging of the night and in the seasoning of the soul.


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Jim McWhinnie 05/22/10
This is wonderfully sensitive and deep.
Brenda Shipman 05/23/10
Not sure exactly what you were shooting for with this entry...perhaps just a monk's reflection? (sorry, just didn't get it) BUT, I did love this, "in the mist of the lonely hours,
in the melting of the candlelight,
in this aging of the night and in the seasoning of the soul." THESE words are hauntingly beautiful, and I GET them!
Karen Pourbabaee 05/23/10
This was serenely beautiful...I smiled all the way through thinking I knew this was the so missed voice of Jim Mcwhinnie until I saw he had made the 1st comment...in my eyes this is a great comparison:)
Benjamin Graber05/26/10
Lovely... I really love the voice you captured here, and the hearts of men trying to capture a piece of infinity and describe it in the finite - a task so difficult, but so inspiring to our finite hearts!