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~~~ Annart's Challenge ~~~

Updated on December 03, 2014

Well, hello there yourselves!


A few lines to hopefully do justice to the eye-catching artwork from a fine English rose whose Hubberess moniker answers to the name of ' annart '.

The velvet gauntlet has been laid down to which here is my response. I hope that a few hastily constructed words may increase the appreciation of this particular painting and artwork in general, and additionally, to carry the torch for a short while in honour of all that is creative to the glory of the ultimate Creator.

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~ Ann's Challenge ~


Her ebon efflorescence resembled a jigsaw piece from the abyss as she pictured behind herself an artiste's uncast silhouette in her mind's eye to witness a future self paint her relief. Hands of bark animated a bristled stroke, carved from the driftwood chattel procured that day when she had walked upon a Burnham sun, which lifted her shadow to tread the surf, whilst gazing in hopeful vista of life beyond the frame.

That sundown, a sapphire mountain balanced ancient burn to retrieve Adonis' armour from steel clouds; dartles that had pierced a million huddled shadows upon a thousand unsure shores had sketched her world in shades of God.

A ring of bright water lapped her toes with rippled calendar; a circlet for every day she had been starved of embrace, racing towards the deep as salted beads dripped destiny across candy cheeks to plop, then sail through the jaws and claws of a liquid banquet to evaporate at heaven's gate.

Time's space lantern beamed wherever she was not, yet sought to discipline her untamed heart with goldenrod arms and wake up the midnight of her soul.

The little girl stooped and reached for a large shell, holding it up to her tiny ear like an almighty telephone receiver and there, on that unwritten eve echoed the voices of bygone saints from the swirls of an unseen tide which spaketh thus:-



" Behold His skies that let it be,

As ye art now so once were we;

What we've become you'll long to see,

Lament thy grief and follow Thee. "



As she held aloft this oceanic treasure towards her other ear she could have sworn in her imagination that she had heard a mysterious Seraphim speaking to a Cherub as audition formed, which sank into her ailing life-blood while a wave of inexplicable calm flooded her soul; and she listened:-


" With death in her tears and Christ in her heart,

L'chaim Red Sea Deity has reached for Annart;

His petrels wert laughing at sun's hat a doffing,

Whilst swallowing her umbrae in apricot coffin. "


The frown from an upside-down clown which had taken her pappa ransom exploded in optimism now as she ran down the beach crying for her daddy. Custard fingers from a yawning sundown stroked her ponytail as it galloped through yore's mistral in surety that tomorrow would shine again through nature's sermon that her spirit needed to feel, then lift her into the heart of the woman that she was destined to become.


EPILOGUE

Now to all who pass by and gaze upon the day that heaven remembered at Burnham beach, a simple message goes forth:-


" Letteth eyne tread lightly upon this horizon weary traveller, for thy daughter's dreams sleepeth here. " 天地



THE END


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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Your words were so beautiful and vivid :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Romeos,

      Your "few hastily constructed words" are anything but ... they are so eloquent and beautifully written. Your words have touched my heart and I am blessed that you have taken on Ann's challenge. Ann's lovely art has inspired so many to join in this wonderful challenge. I hope to attempt to write a piece in response too.

      Thank you for this beauty. I am voting up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings and peace to you across the waves ...

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Blessings to you, Romeo - and thank you for the beautiful words. Your poetry and prose are always much admired and appreciated and makes this quiet, peaceful Sunday afternoon even more lovely.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Dear Faith;

      Shall certainly look forward to reading what you may decide to scribe in relation to Ann's engagement and am always blessed whenever you visit this side of HP town.

      Thank you so much for your exquisite generosity and return with gratitude your peace and blessings across the time and tide of the Atlantic.

      Gramercy;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Ah Phyllis! My cup runneth over :) Thanks for brightening up this Sunday here too.

      Ann's challenge has proven to be popular and quite a tonic for some readers it seems; certainly a good exercise to get those creative juices flowing and it's good to see the differences and parallels between each person's contribution.

      Thank you so much.

      A peaceful and relaxing eventide to you in Nevada;

      R.Q.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Romeo....Romeo, you've certainly demonstrated the versatility of the English language. Beautifully done.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      The art and your words ...sheer magical creativity at its best form...loved reading every bit of it..votes up beautiful and shared as well.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Hastily? Hard to imagine. This was a gem upon that beautiful ocean. Simply put, beautiful.

      Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting and added to my hub.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is amazing R.Q. Your words always astound me, and you have done ann's picture justice. Well done.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was unaware you existed on hp until I read Phyllis Doyle's rendition. Oh Romeno where art thou been? Ha..This is beautiful poetry........

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Colorado Springs, CO until the end of March

      I have to laugh, Romeos Quill, because of the beautiful style of your writing. I've been involved in an extended flash fiction competition, and one of the criticisms of my writing is that I tend to tell the story rather than show the story. You have shown every detail of the child, the natural scene and the Almighty Himself in your poem. Thanks for the lesson on "show, don't tell." I'll put a link to your hub on my own answer to annart's challenge.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      The heavenly influences in your story make yours a very unique response to the challenge. Excellent!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Sorry to be so late in getting to this; have been away and am catching up.

      Awesome poem; thank you so much for your amazing contribution.

      And thanks for the compliment regarding the painting.

      Ann

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Cheers Jo; thanks for stopping by.

      Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hey Deergha; hope all's well at your end and thanks for parking your encouragement here as well as your generosity.

      Best Wishes;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thanks a million always exploring; happy to meet you on here as well and look forward to discovering more of your work also.

      A peaceful evening to you and yours;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi tillsontitan;

      Perhaps ' intensive use of time ' would be more accurate then as ' hastily ' could be deemed a relative term in the writing field. This one took just under two hours to write out.

      Thank you so much for your shares; have a lovely evening.

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you Jodah. There were so many responses to Ann's painting that I feel a bit sorry for all of those Hubs she has to trawl through lol!

      All the Best;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Flash fiction seems to be an interesting form of digestible writing you're involved in Chris; I think you've picked up on a noteworthy nuance as well there between 'painting with words' and ' telling a story '.

      Kind Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A pleasure to lend support Ann and glad that this offering passed muster.

      Have a wonderful remainder of the week.

      Warm Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      A very enjoyable reading experience this morning. I have always been impressed by your attention to the nuances of language. Jamie

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you TSOM for your lovely comments.

      Have a fab weekend;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hi Jamie;

      I couldn't resist leaving a little puzzle in there as well as to the girl's name which came as a bit of a flash of inspiration; It is ' Tenchi ' - a Japanese word that means ' Heaven and Earth', to fit in with the theme of the write.I think one person was in the ball park.... if you count the number of times I wrote the word ' she ' in the narrative, it adds up to ten - hence ' Tenchi '; a tricky and subtle clue :)

      Thanks a million for your commentary and glad that you enjoyed the piece. Yours was excellent.

      Best Wishes;

      R.Q.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Always good to hear from you MsDora and hope that you and your mother are well.

      Sending goodwell wishes to you and your family and thank you so much for your uplifting comments

      Kind Regards;

      R.Q.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your good wishes to my family. I am in the Caribbean indefinitely with my mother. Physically, she is 83-year-old strong, but the memory (or lack of it) gets the best of her. I'm in good spirits and I thrive on the concern and attention from caring people like you. Thanks very much.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I've just come back to this, from Faith Reaper's last hub, as I didn't remember reading it. I'm glad I refreshed my memory; what wonderful poetry you write. It made me cry (because of the reference to 'Daddy'); you have that incredible gift of being able to reach into a person's soul, so thank you.

      I hope all's well with you and yours in Lincolnshire. Happy New Year!

      Ann

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      It's good to have you drop by again dear Ann and you're welcome. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to shine a little and extend a happy new year to you and your family also.

      Everything is just fine in Lincolnshire though it's still quite cold here.

      Kind Regards;

      R.Q.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      RQ,

      Having been away, I am way behind in my comments and discoveries for once again I see a challenge that I am finding for the first time.

      After reading your response, it will be a tough one to follow.

      You took such a powerful image and painted even more beauty.

      I have missed reading your work for there is always such depth and masterful use of language. Voted up and shared.

      ~Kim

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Hiyah Kim; please pardon the delayed reply to your wonderful comments ( won't bore you with the details ).

      As an aside, the band your son Joseph is in sounds really great. Based on a cut C.D. I have of a D/Straits cover band who presumably do it for a living and seeing a fair few live gigs and having listened to thousands of various artists, I thought that your son's ensemble sounded much better; he's a talented guy and wish him and his compatriots all the success they can handle.

      Thank you for stopping by and it will be a joy to read anything which a pleasant writer of novella (you), may care to share with your growing audience.

      Enjoy a fab weekend;

      R.Q.

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      Mary Hyatt 23 months ago from Florida

      I admire the work you have done here in response to Annart's challenge. I would not dare try and write anything as eloquent and beautiful as this. You are such a talented poet!

      Voted UP, etc. and shared.

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      Romeos Quill 23 months ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thank you Mary and glory to God for anything acceptable.

      Please don't feel intimidated if you have a desire to write poetry. I look back on some of my own work sometimes and wince occasionally at the quality; it's just a case of slogging away and continuous learning in order to hopefully sharpen the writes and make the message ( if any ) more incisive, through practice.

      I think your flower Hub articles are wonderful and the passion for your gardening endeavours accompanied by the beauty of your chosen photographs shine through. A short verse expressing aforesaid passion might be a nice addition and would certainly spoil your reader.

      Enjoy a pleasant eve in Florida.

      Kind Regards,

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