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Chain Poetry: Rebel Spirit; Death Clinging to Life, in Response to a Challenge 'In Honor of April's Poetry Month'
Challenge from Frank Atanacio
This was the challenge:
'In honor of April Poetry Month Lets string one big long poem that will go from now until April 30th... Lets continue where the next poem left off.
A little game plan. ( or rules )
You must follow the theme of the the poem.. and some writers can darken it gradually or make it lighter gradually.. but there can be no big difference. You can continue adding pieces to the poem even if you already have a link to the poem chain. However, you cannot follow your own link.
Each poem must be 10 lines or less.. and please in a second text box explain your poem and who you are and what changes you made to the poem... Dark photos are so welcomed.. your own shots if possible and explain why you used those shots.. Lets have fun... Frank'
the poem title: 'Spirits Sat as Mourners' in this link
So thanks to Frank for the challenge and I hope you enjoy my response.
Death clings to Life
As death grew,
The lights were dimmer,
As the darkness began to shimmer,
Eyes would glow
As the candles in back
And spirits sat as mourners
Massed together all in a row…"
by Frank Atanacio
Death & Mourning
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
But what is this
Rising before them?
Rebel spirit, breaking free,
in frightened eyes
clinging to life’s final spree.
‘Cept one spirit,
takes the soul to find the final key...
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......?
LINKS to the poems:
The Coat of Arms of the Holy See
Keys to Heaven?
The crossed keys in the coat of arms of the Holy See symbolise the keys of heaven entrusted to Simon Peter. The keys are gold and silver to represent the power of loosing and binding. The gold key alludes to the power in the kingdom of the heavens and the silver key indicates the spiritual authority of the papacy on earth. The cord with the bows that unites the grips alludes to the bond between the two powers. The triple crown (the tiara) represents the pope's three functions as "supreme pastor", "supreme teacher" and "supreme priest". The gold cross on a monde (globe) surmounting the tiara symbolizes the sovereignty of Jesus.
© 2014 Ann Carr