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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: Time Is . . .
By Verna Cole Mitchell
11/18/12


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Time is a teacher,
Yardstick in hand,
Teaching you lessons,
Some learned once already,
You will have to learn
Over again.

Time is a dancer,
Whirling seconds,
Twirling minutes,
Swirling hours,
To unheard melodies
Through all your days.

Time is a nurse,
Pouring soothing balm
On grievous hurts
That cut clear through to your heart.
They cannot heal completely,
But she gently eases their pain.

Time is a playful child,
Skipping lightly away
When you want him
To stand still.
Try as you might,
You can never catch him.

Time is a soldier,
Marching ever onward,
Never listening
For your command to halt,
Nor pausing in his battle
To slow down or to rest.

Time is a thief,
Relentlessly stealing
Youth and strength,
Thoughts and plans,
Dreams and hopes,
Until, at last, your memories.

Time is a runner,
Beginning the race
At an even pace,
Then finally, with a second wind,
He sprints with a sudden burst
To reach the end.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/22/12
Wow this is fantastic. You captured everything I think or feel about time and you did it in an expert way.
Francy Judge11/23/12
What a beautiful way to describe time! I especially like stanza about time dancing and how you ended it.
Darleen Coon11/25/12
This is great! I loved how you personified Time,you made it seem like a living being.

As I read your poem, it dawned on me that Time is, indeed, all of these things. Thanks, I will think of time a little differently now.
Noel Mitaxa 11/25/12
Creative and challenging list of definitions. Very absorbing read.
CD Swanson 11/27/12
Touching and wonderful read. Thanks. God bless~
Beth LaBuff 11/27/12
I fell in love with your personification in this remarkable poem. Each stanza has such a well-developed concept that makes the reader pause and think, "yeah, that's perfect!" There are so many features, from the internal rhyme in the dancer stanza, then the poignancy of the thief stanza. Your final stanza brings this home. Wow!
Ellen Carr 11/28/12
I really enjoyed your poem and its similes (or are they metaphors?). You paint some great word pictures of time and its influence and how fleeting it can be. Thanks.
Phyllis Inniss 11/29/12
Time is everything you described in your wonderful poem. It is a masterpiece.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/29/12
Congratulations for ranking 16 overall!
Loren T. Lowery11/30/12
Time seems to be busy, too, especially with all those costume changes : )

Enjoyed this, Verna, and the way you have fleshed out something so ghost-like, yet real. Loren