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Chain Poetry: Rebel Spirit; Death Clinging to Life, in Response to a Challenge 'In Honor of April's Poetry Month'

Updated on March 13, 2017

Death clings to Life

Pendant with a Monk and Death  (Walters Art Gallery)
Pendant with a Monk and Death (Walters Art Gallery) | Source

Death & Mourning

The Reaper: waiting for the souls
The Reaper: waiting for the souls | Source
An art installation in Norwich Cathedral.  They look like wandering mourners or lost souls.
An art installation in Norwich Cathedral. They look like wandering mourners or lost souls. | Source

Starting link

"He knew

As death grew,

The lights were dimmer,

As the darkness began to shimmer,

Eyes would glow

As the candles in back

Burnt low

And spirits sat as mourners

Massed together all in a row…"

by Frank Atanacio


Jodah's Continuation

Deathly faces

No airs and graces,

Unblinking, cold, and grey

As they watched another join the Frey.

While the priest

Read God's holy word,

Challenging the evil beast

To try to steal another soul,

And empty husk upon which demons feast.

by John Hansen

Finding the Key

Waiting at the Pearly Gates Hans Hemling 'The Last Judgement'
Waiting at the Pearly Gates Hans Hemling 'The Last Judgement' | Source

.............................

But what is this

Rising before them?

Rebel spirit, breaking free,

Unwanted death

in frightened eyes

clinging to life’s final spree.

All astounded,

‘Cept one spirit,

gently restraining,

takes the soul to find the final key...

by annart

The Thinking Behind 'Rebel Spirit'

What a great idea for a challenge. We do have a poetry month in England but it's not this month! Taking up a challenge is irresistible for some, especially for me when poetry's involved.

Not only does it get us writing poetry but it gets us thinking about all the angles and philosophies which go with this subject; evil versus good, heaven versus hell, ghosts and spirits.

Hence me thinking about the fear of death some people have. This I transferred to a tortured soul not wanting to leave this life. One spirit reacts kindly and calmly or is it a different 'key' he's off to find......?


Copyright annart (AFC) 2014 (No copying without permission; no changing of original hub)


LINKS to the poems:

Frank Atanacio

Jodah & Jodah's 2nd

theexaminer-1

Shyron E Shenko

always exploring 2

tobusiness 2nd

alicia

jhamann



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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Harishprasad: Thank you very much for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoy these challenges too; it's a fun side to writing on hubpages and it makes us try new things.

      Thanks also for following me. I'll be having a look at your hubs too. Ann

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I'm honoured, Audrey. Thank you very much! Ann

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      annart, I was thrilled to read this fantastic poem. A rebel spirit ! what more interesting can be than thinking of maintaining one's attitude even after crossing this ocean of life ! By the way, I'm also part of this game but I linked my verse to "always exploring 2 " as mentioned in this hub. To read such playful kind of poems is a new experience to me.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Came back for another read! Really well done!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes, they're all great aren't they? Thanks for reading, I appreciate your comment. Ann

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Beautifully done!! I am enjoying wending my way through these!

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I thought I'd read yours, Faith; apologies if not and I'm off to check right now! Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Ann, would love to know honestly what you think of mine whenever you have a chance as I respect your opinion. However, I am not a true poet but do love supporting the community by participating and sharing all contributions. Enjoy your day.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks for coming back, Faith. Yes, I'm trying to keep up but I know I've still missed some. I just try to stay alert to others' comments about them, those hubbers I'm not following. I'll do my best as no doubt you will too.

      Have a lovely evening! Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann, I saw where you had commented on Jo's (tobusiness) wonderful second contribution that you had added all the links. I started all the way up to mine and two after but then was afraid I would miss someone. So I am here to make sure I have not missed anyone's contribution. I see that I have missed alwaysexploring's second contribution! Thank you for keeping track so well. I followed Shyron's contribution when I participated. So thrilled to see so many participating. Take care.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you Alicia for your wonderful comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed this. Yes, I thought I might leave it hanging a bit! I appreciate your visit. Ann

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your sequel to Jodah's poem, annart! It fits the theme perfectly. I love the fact that it ends with a mystery, too. The "final key" is a great stimulus for other people who want to add to the poetry chain! The pictures are wonderful as well.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Kathleen, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading and for the great comment. Ann

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Well thank you, Kevin, for a great comment and for the votes. Your visit is much appreciated. Ann

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 3 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      Loving all the poetry all over the place! Thanks for this great read!

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      The Examiner-1 3 years ago

      Neat annart. It was awesome and I could see how you truly followed the theme. I voted it thumbs up and Pinned it.

      Kevin

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you so much, Jamie. Yes it's amazing how people rise to a challenge! I love things like this. Ann

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Ann what a great stanza to contribute. This is really incredible what we have been able to produce within our community. Jamie

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Gypsy Rose Lee: Thank you very much for your visit and for the comment. Glad you enjoyed it. Ann

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful verse. Enjoyed.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      tobusiness: Thank you; glad you liked it. Much appreciated. Ann

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you Blossom. Your visit and comment are much appreciated. Ann

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

      Hi Ann, loved your "Rebel Spirit," very well done.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I like it. You have introduced another dimension.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks Eddy. Good to see you. Ann

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, alwaysexploring. I was lucky to find the pictures which seemed to fit quite well! Glad you liked it. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Much appreciated. Ann

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant verse Ann.

      Eddy;.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow! This is great and i love the picture...

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Yes, bill, ever the rebel! I'm pleased to say we have glorious sunshine today - just to make you green! Trouble is haven't picked up my new bike yet so can't take advantage of the weather to use it; never mind, all in good time. It's lovely to be able to go out into the garden and see all the flowers bathing in the rays. Double green yet?!

      Thanks for your most welcome visit, as always.

      You enjoy your weekend too, bill. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well done, Ann! It seems quite a few writers picked up the challenge and you all did quite well. I like the idea of a rebel spirit...even after death there is one who will not follow the status quo. :)

      Have a wonderful weekend my friend. It is raining cats and dogs today.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Never thought of that for mine, Faith! Maybe something with the challenges as a theme, or the subjects of spirits or death? I'm sure you've got a better idea though! Good Luck! Ann

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thank you DDE. I appreciate your comment, as always. Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      You're welcome. I am just trying to figure out how to make it evergreen so they will feature mine. Mine always have to be such in order to get featured it seems, with all the bells and whistles lol. I will think on it so that mine will stay featured.

      Enjoy your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A beautiful poem and so greatly expressed.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Never thought of that, Faith! So it does! Thanks for a lovely comment and the votes and sharing. Looking forward to reading your contribution to this...? It is fun isn't it?

      All the best on this sunny day! Ann

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Another amazing write in continuation of Frank's starting verses!!! Your poem reminds me of, "Do not go gently into that good night." I love it.

      Up and more, pinning, tweeting and sharing

      What fun,

      Faith Reaper

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Thanks Jodah, for the great comment and the vote. Much appreciated. Ann

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Glad you like it, Frank. Thanks for the super comment! All credit to you for starting this. Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great verse Ann, and great images and explanation. Voted up.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      wow this is another great verse.. im lucky two for two YEAH!

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