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Come the Sentinel: a Frank Atanacio Challenge

Updated on February 24, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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This verse follows The Examiner-1's hub "Heaven and Hell".

I have tried to reintroduce the "sentinel" created by tobusiness in her verse of that name.

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Come the Sentinel.

by John Hansen 2014


As April's soul rose from the grave

The demons crowded around.

Ghostly hands reached out to her,

Above consecrated ground.


The Sentinel surveyed the scene

From a tall dead oak nearby.

Then with a shrieking cry it swooped

Through the demonic funeral fray.

The spirits cried as if in pain,

As the black bird stole their prey.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is soo beautiful. ' As the black bird stole their prey ' Brilliant!

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      WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very good! Up and awesome.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Saved by the blackbird! Nice job, Jodah!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Jadah, I love how you brought this together, cleverly done. Midnight saves the day. :) Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Love this! Voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Clever and creative, Jodah. The Sentinel did his job!

      Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing so HP will know of another contribution.

      Hope you and your family are having a lovely Sunday.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Beautiful write John!

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Awesome John, I don't want this month to go this fast, I am having too much fun reading wonderful poems like this one.

      Voted up, UABI and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Fabulous! :)

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      That is cool Jodah. We know who came out on top there. I loved it. I gave it a thumbs up and more.

      Kevin

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, this is so vivid, so spot on and so..... darn good. It just set right with me, the wording, the vision it invokes. That image of the woman gives out a powerful presence that links to your stanza. Up,A,B and sharing. You are a fine poet, Sir Jodah.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ruby. Every story needs a hero.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the vote up Will, much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Shauna, I just had to reintroduce him to save the day.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Jo, I loved your sentinel, so had to bring Midnight back into it to save April from the demons. Sunday was good thanks, rainy.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you liked it Bk, and thanks for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Faith, much appreciated. We had a nice quiet Sunday. Had a couple of friends visit, and the best part was that It was raining all day

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Audrey, much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Shyron, I agree. Poetry month has been great, and you know what? Other countries celebrate it in different months, so we can do it again...lol. Thanks for the vote up and shares too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much Sunshine!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you liked this one Kevin, thanks for the comment and thumbs up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lady Phyllis, I am glad you enjoyed this, and much appreciate your kind comment, vote up, and share.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is the perfect way to end my day. Beautiful work, John!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bill, have a good night.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I like that you picked the sentinel back up. The black bird was a foreboding touch.

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      Cecile Portilla 3 years ago from West Orange, New Jersey

      Very nice.Voted up!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Flourish, yes I thought that too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Cecile, ant for your kind comment and vote up.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, I just published a stanza to follow yours:

      Angel with Broken Wings and the Sentinel

      I like that you brought back the Sentinel, so I went with it also. I hope you like it.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That's great Phyllis. Going to check it out now. Great title.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Jodah, this is how I hope our beloved Frank is NOT doing:

      http://www.newwaveinstruments.com/humor/misc/compu...

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, I think that could be him by the time this challenge is finished. I don't envy him trying to compile all these into one poem I did it once with my "poem without end" but there wasn't quite as many verses as here and all of them were left in the comments, not separate hubs.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Very visual. A good one.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks MsDora.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Good Morning!

      I love your contribution to this incredible tale developing. I love the idea of these challenges and hope to contribute to one at some or time or the other. KUDOS/V+!

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good Morning Kim, Glad you like this verse. It is a wonderful challenge. It will be great to read the entire finished poem if Frank can get it all together at the end. it would be good if you can take part some time in the future because you are a wonderful poet. Blessings back.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderfully thought of poem.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Devika, glad you liked it.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The sentinel sounds like a very interesting character! Thanks for another great addition to the story in the poetry challenge, Jodah.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Alicia. My pleasure, this is fun.

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      awesome write! you are doing well, Sire.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Much appreciated Alexander. Thank you.

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      truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      This is a very cool verse.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank your for reading truthfornow. Glad you liked it.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Jodah being a poet is wonderful but being a great poet is you

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Frank, what can I say? Thank you.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful read from you my dear friend .Voting up and sharing.

      Eddy.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Eddy. Your kind comment is always appreciated.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Another exquisite poem. The picture with the woman sitting in the grave-yard was scary..... voted up my friend and sharing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Dana. That pic is reported to be considered a real ghost.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Very intense scene with a heroric ending.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much teaches12345, I appreciate you're reading this and your kind comment.

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