Of the Shadow and the Gray (A Poetry Challenge)
The origin of the challenge...
I've participated in a few Hubpages challenges in the past, yet haven't had the time or opportunity to create one of my own. Nor could I think of any...that is, until I came across two videos. I was compelled to write a poem about them and thought they might pose an interesting and unusual challenge.
In each video (The Gray and The Shadow), a man who is a skilled hunter of wolves is lost in the frozen wilderness, faced with the prospect of his own mortality as wolves follow and surround him in his struggle for survival. (The wolves are part of the metaphor; for example, we can see clearly in The Gray that the black alpha isn't real.) At first, I thought The Gray was a bit too dark. But I was soon fascinated with the stark differences and striking similarities in the existential theme, and the courage, desolation and profound beauty present in both videos.
The rules of the challenge are simple...
Write a poem about elements within both videos that capture your imagination. You may use any style of poetry -- Haiku, rhyme, free verse or prose -- whatever you wish. This is a blank canvass with which you can create words and imagery from wherever this visual journey takes you. The only caveat is that the poem cannot exceed eighty words in length.
I will include links to any hubs written in response to this challenge, as they occur. If you prefer, you can include your poem in the comment section.
My own brief poem that melds both videos appears below. I wrote this while listening to the music of "I Am Your Shadow."
I watch through cold windows
As the howling echoes swell
In this land of the fallen
Where lost snow dreamers dwell;
The taken and the given
Still mark the path behind
In footsteps long forgotten
Our fate with nature finds;
Fear not my beloved
For I wait beyond the fray,
In that tender wisp of breath
Between the shadow and the gray.
The following are links to our wonderful poets who created a hub in response to this challenge. You will find more remarkable responses in the comments below.
I want to thank everyone for participating and for encouraging others. When reading the poetry written in response to this challenge, we find inspiration, while seeing something new with each individual perspective and dimension that is so beautifully expressed. I am proud to be a member of this uniquely talented, supportive community.
Jodah - Shadows of the Grey (One of the Pack)
This is a response to a poetry challenge to write a poem based on elements from two videos 'The Grey" and "I Am Your Shadow" exploring man and wolf's struggle to survive in the frozen wilderness
Audrey Howitt - You Take My Eyes
- You Take My Eyes
Genna's challenge, a poem--Of the Shadow and the Gray--
AnnArt - Raw Nature
- RAW NATURE: Response to Genna East's Poetry Challenge + Surviving Hardships & Animal/Human Empat
This challenge was to write a poem, using the innovative visual prompt of two videos. This led me to discuss man's ability to survive in extreme conditions, as well as animals' empathy with humans.
Bravewarrior - The Winter of My Life
- The Winter of My Life
Life is full of challenges. The ones I appreciate the most are those that awaken my muse, cause reflection, and compel me to create. This is my response to a poetry challenge posed by Genna East.
Ocfireflies - Between Breaths Eclipse
- Between Breaths: eclipse
My response to Genna East's challenge. Please see link below to access Genna's Challenge.
Shyron E Shenko - Ghost of Love Shadows of Fear
- Ghost of Love Shadows of Fear – Answer to Writer’s Challenge by Genna East
Answer to a fellow Hubber Genna East's challenge to write a poem of any kind expressing emotions prompted by the two videos shown in her hub "Of the Shadow and the Grey."
Suzettenaples - The Wolf; the Gray & the Shadow
- The Wolf - the grey and the shadow -- A Genna East poetry challenge
A poetry challenge begets my poem to my friend - the wolf.
CrisSp - A Tail of Winter
- Tail of winter
Toronto is Canada's largest city and the capital of Ontario, located northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Winter in the city, which starts from December and usually ends by early March is cold and often snowy. Daytime temperatures in December, January
Kari Paulsen- Cold-A Poem
- Cold-A Poem
A poem about being lost and alone.
Poetry written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman (Genna East); September, 2015. All rights reserved.
Said copyrights and ownership do not extend to the videos:
The Gray: From Jules Daly's The Gray with Liam Neeson; music by Marc Streitenfeld. Video created by iptameno kapelo of YouTube.
The Shadow: Music by Lisa Gerrard "Sanvean (I Am Your Shadow)," from the album "Facing The Wrong Way." Video created by Loves Great Ebb and Flow of YouTube.