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Poem: The Twilight Man

Updated on October 29, 2014

Source of This Poem

This poem is an answer to a challenge posted by annart, in her wonderful hub on the English language.

Her challenge was to create a story based upon the artwork photo that appears in that article, and shown below, with her permission.

This is the art photo which inspired this poem
This is the art photo which inspired this poem | Source

The Twilight Man

Alone he stands,

in darkened mystery.

Who is he? Why does he stare

Out to sea, beyond the shore?

Deep in thought,

Or maybe prayer,

His shadowed self

Stands behind.

From the waters

He takes his calm.

From the waters

He gains his strength.

On the edge of darkness,

His cares fall away.

And the lapping tide

refreshes his mind.

Every night he visits here,

To shed the day,

And submit to

Restful sleep.

©10-20-14, C.E. Elias

© 2014 Liz Elias

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    I love it! You're the first to publish a response to my challenge.

    Your poetry is fresh and apt. I can see exactly how you get this from my image and it's a great interpretation. Using the sea at sunset to wash away cares and purge the day is such a lovely thought. Thank you for your contribution and thank you for directing others to my hub.

    Up ++ & shared.

    Ann

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A fine response to Ann's challenge. I think you did the photo great justice, and I'm sure Ann will be pleased.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ annart - Thank you so much. Your photo art struck a chord, and the poem was born. I cannot write "on demand," for it ends up sounding contrived and forced. My poems come to me simply by inspiration of some sort, so I thank you for the inspiration. I've written precious few poems since my mother passed back in 1998.

    I was most pleased to point folks to your excellent article.

    @ billybuc - Thank you so very much! I'm delighted you enjoyed this poem. It's been a long time since one rather just 'came to me,' so I must credit Ann's artwork.

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    The Examiner-1 2 years ago

    It was beautiful DizyMsLizzy. I voted up++, shared and pinned it.

    Kevin

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    I know what you mean about writing 'on demand'. I find writing from prompts a challenge but some give me instant inspiration and the ideas just flow, so I understand what you mean. I'm glad I could inspire! I wanted to try to get people to think about words and stretch themselves a little - once

    again, I think you've done a great job. Ann

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ Kevin - Thank you so very much for your wonderful compliment, votes, share and pin!

    @ annart - Many thanks once again! ;-)

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    Rosemary Amrhein 2 years ago from Boston, MA

    very nice!

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, blondey,

    Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked this poem.

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    Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

    Lizzy you handled the challenge well and in a poem no less. "From the waters he takes his calm", as many of us do. Water always has that way with us. Well done!

    Voted up, beautiful, and interesting.

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    William M. 2 years ago from kenya(current)

    Awesome imagery...#thumbs up :-)

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    Christine B. 2 years ago from Medina, Ohio

    Great poem, Luzzy! I hope you win!

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ tillsontitan - Thank you so very much. I'm delighted this simple poem seems to be striking a chord with folks. Many thanks for the votes!

    @ lexx13 - I'm glad you liked it. Thanks much for your appreciative comment.

    @ Christine B. - Thanks very much, Chris. I think it was just a general author-to-author challenge; no prize or 'winning' involved. The "prize" was being able to crank out a poem. It was fun. ;-)

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    I seem to be late reading thes, but your poem was wonerful MsLizzy. Very fitting to the original photo. Well done.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Jodah! I'm most pleased you liked this answer to Ann's challenge. It was a fun thing to do.

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Sorry for the bad typing in my other comment "this" 'wonderful", damn iPad.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    LOL, Jodah --I don't have any "i" devices, but manage to do the fumble-fingers thing quite well on my own, so no worries!

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

    DzyMsLizzy, I love how you've given a reflective, yet positive interpretation of Ann's painting. I've lived near Lake Michigan for most of my adult life and have spent many hours walking the shoreline, gaining strength and refreshment. Thank you for this beautiful poem. It is a wonderful companion to the painting.

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    Angie Shearer 2 years ago from Whangarei, Northland

    DzyMsLizzy wow beautiful love your poem. I was sooo intrigued I had to go to see the source that helped create such a lovely piece.

    Ann wow what an awesome picture/photo....so inspiring and captivating I too have accepted your challenge.

    Great writing xx

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ cam8510 - I grew up in San Francisco, and lived within a mile of the beach in Pacifica during the years my children were growing up. I've always had an affinity for water and the beach, so the image really spoke to me. Thank you for your compliment; I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

    @ AngeShearer - Thank you so very much. That WAS a very inspiring artwork; hypnotic, in a way. I look forward to reading your take on Ann's art and her challenge. ;-)

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    Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

    Hi Lizzy, I love your poem, standing there and letting the sea wash away the troubles of the day, wonderful! I haven't written a poem for ages, I really must get my poet head on again! lol!

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Nell!

    Thanks very much! I have not written much poetry either in recent years. That image in Ann's hub was a perfect trigger. I look forward to your offerings!

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    Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Excellent poem for a poet who hasn't written poetry in a few years! Well done! :))

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, Sunshine625!

    Thank you so very much! I'm delighted to have pulled this off, and have so many people enjoy it!

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    Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

    Beautiful poem in response to Ann's challenge! I truly enjoyed it as it is profound.

    Voted up +++ tweeting and pinning

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Faith Reaper,

    I'm astounded at the positive reception this poem is getting. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed it so much, and I thank you for the votes, tweet and pin!

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

    What a wonderful way to capture the mood of the painting! Beautifully done.

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    Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

    Beautiful poem! These lines will come to mind when I look at the ocean today. Thanks for sharing.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ tobusiness - Thank you so very much! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem.

    @ MsDora - Aww...how sweet of you. Thank you so much!

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    I've just come back to say that your response is one of only three that have been optimistic! I'm surprised my image has inspired so many tear jerkers - all of which are brilliant too, I hasten to say.

    Ann

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Ann!

    Well, thank you so very much! I'll have to go back and look up the other authors' contributions. It's been hectic around here, and I didn't get to do much online in the last couple of days.

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    Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

    Also, by the way, I did say that permission was granted for hubbers to reproduce that image for this challenge but only after you'd said that you didn't think you could use it. So apologies for that. Your image is great though and conveys similar ideas.

    Ann

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thanks, Ann--somehow I missed that, in my excitement to get going with the challenge! ;-)

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    Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

    Beautiful poetry. Jamie

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Thank you so very much, Jamie. I'm really glad you liked the poem.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    A wonderful poem that flows with good will and peace.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Gypsy Rose Lee, Thank you! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed this poem.

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    Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

    DzyMsLizzy, I learnt that it is a first response to Annart's challenge. I would term it as a soulful dawn- most beautiful and like a blessing. So fortunate am I to stumble upon this so precious a gem. Thank you. Voted up and shared.

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Harishprasad, Thank you so very much for your kind comment and such praise!

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    Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

    Dzy.....Congratulations for facing the "challenge," and doing a fine job of it. Being on or near a body of water, genuinely creates a sense of "calm and strength." No doubt the oceans and rivers have been the source of many an Inspiration......This is great, Dzy!.UP+++

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    Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, fpherj48 - Yes, and as a 'water sign' myself, I'm always drawn to water. As a kid, I would frequently fall in "accidentally on purpose," if swimming were not on the day's "menu." LOL

    Thanks so very much for your amazing comment! I"m so pleased and surprised at the response to this simple poem. Thanks for the votes!!

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