The Official Writing Challenge
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03/16/07
"A singer sways, and groans,
and births a thousand years into a song, a thousand tears
into blue."

I like the idea of songs coming from the heart and from people's life experiences. It reminded me of the Pslam that begins "By the rivers of Babylon".
03/16/07
The Father of Rivers, I like that. And He'll listen to whatever we sing.
The rhythm of the blues is strongly felt all through this beautiful poem Great job!

The images written in a rhythm of a blues song made this poem touching and lovely to read. I like your line breaks, they added to the meaning and mood.
03/19/07
I felt I was sitting on the pier on a Louisiana bank, listening to the blues rockin' on the porch. This was done most masterfully. I could feel this in my soul.
03/19/07
Linda, as much as I love your charming rhymes, I think it's in free verse that you really shine. This is just PERFECT--every word chosen expertly to create a bluesy poem that just sings--and then delivers, just in the precisely perfect way. This is literary and intelligent, yet absolutely full of soul.
03/20/07
What an incredible "blues-y" mood this piece generates! The feel is slow, deep, and very rich! Excellent writing! :)
03/20/07
I love the voice that permeates this piece - and Jan is right, it is so clear that every word was chosen precisely and is perfectly placed.
03/21/07
Really nice! I especially liked this part.

A blue voice weaves,
and twines
through locust drone.


Great job. ^_^
03/21/07
I felt like I was in the Big Easy drinking up these precious, perfect words. Great!
03/21/07
Oh, so nice. This could be spoken while Coltrane plays. I loved it! Thanks for sharing it
03/22/07
Congrats! You did it again!
03/22/07
Congrats on the EC! ^_^
Congrautulations on placing with this lyrical entry. Enjoyed the read.
I loved this! Definitely one of my favorites this week.
03/24/07
Congratulations, Linda! I love the Blues, anytime, anywhere! Seems to tell it like it is; from down deep inside, it wails & moans the depth of misery, of lost love and rejection. Topnotch choice of music for your challenge...and you did it up proud.
05/07/08
Oh, Linda, free verse is indeed your forte. You write it so effortlessly, and it is as fluid and easy to read as molasses slowly pouring out onto a checkered oil cloth in a country kitchen in the delta. How exquisite! This must have been quite a read! How I would love to have heard it! I wish you had taped it!
Just had to read it again to say--You're the best at free verse of anyone!