Up For the Challenge

Today’s poem is inspired by the Free Write Friday image prompt from the blog Magic in the Backyard. Blogger Kellie asks her readers to look at the image (see below) and create a free-write piece from the photo.

My poem is written “free” as I cannot go back and proofread or make changes as I write it. I had to resist the urge! I hope you enjoy the result!

(Image courtesy of Magic in the Backyard)

Shine

He leaps as he nears the water and
Then lets the power go.
He has held the bulb in his hand for
So long, protecting it,
With the realization today
That he must pass it to the next one in
The race.

Sharing is caring, and
With caring comes courage, dances, and
Leaps of the heart.
The track of the race lines with fears for
The people wo hold the bulb.

The bulb is warm, and he wonders aloud
Whether he should have given the power away before now.

In the distance,
The tiger stands at attention,
Ensuring the next keeper of the powerful bulb
Will be kind and bear the necessary strength to
Complete the next part of the race.
The waves lap with contentment that no one else feels.

Β©2012 Christy Birmingham

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42 thoughts on “Up For the Challenge

    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Marc, the tiger is whatever you believe.. That is the great thing about poetry – we can each interpret the words and messages differently. Yes, the photo captured my attention too! Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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  1. Julie Catherine

    Oh, Christy, this is absolutely charming, I love it! You’ve infused your poem with a delightful sense of mystery that complements Ellie’s photo perfectly. I love the idea of the tiger being the ‘guardian’ of the bulb of light. Love this – you did a wonderful job with the prompt. ~ Julie xox πŸ™‚

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Awe, Julie your positivity shines through in your comment. I am so lucky to have met you during my writing journey. I hold up a bulb of joy for you and hope you have a wonderful day.

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  2. Jane Carroll

    I love your take on the picture. It is definitely a challenge to write without editing but you did it beautifully…making me thinking…inspiring me to be a gentle keeper of the light.

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  3. kellieelmore

    Christy… although I appreciate anyone who contributes to FWF, in whatever form they choose to do so, I especially love it when a writer goes for it and takes the “free writing” challenge so, this was such a delight! I enjoyed reading and knowing that your words were left as they fall and then it was crafted so beautifully at the same time. Excellent work! Thank you!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Kellie, how great of you to stop by to read my take on the prompt! It was a challenge not to edit as I wrote but also freeing in a literary way… I enjoyed the experience! Thank-you for getting my creative juices flowing πŸ™‚

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  4. Rachael 'Honest' Blair

    Hi Christy. Lovely poem – really like the focus on the light in this piece and the ‘pay it forward’ theme. Also – well done for not editing! I know what a challenge this is – I tend to edit as I go and again once I’ve finished. Although I never edit my FWF pieces once I’ve finished, I’ve yet to manage to turn off my ‘auto edit’ as I write! I am inspired by your piece and will try harder next time.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Rachael, how nice of you to come visit. The free write has a freeing quality about it, letting the words lay where they will. This was my first crack at the FWF and I look forward to participating again! Do not discount your own work as I enjoyed it. Thanks for your compliments!

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  5. Casandra Miska

    Christy, You already know I thought your poem was awesome, especially knowing that you could not take back one written word. I was wondering though, if there is a prize to be given out. If so, let me know how I can help you win the award or prize. I think you should win. You are so very talented.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Awe, Casandra, you are so sweet. I appreciate that you came back here to comment and offer to support me. There is no prize but the prompt is a great way to celebrate Fridays πŸ™‚ Hugs, big hugs!

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