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March Competitive Dash Winner – Ginger Jorgental

Published on Saturday, May 5, 2012 by


Competitive Dash Winner for March 2012:


Hushed in silence like the dew
stillness rests within and through,
each sweet breath damp-infused.
Nectar of grasses now suffused
to the vase of welcoming lungs.
A curtain lays across the sun,
diaphanous beads so lovingly hung,
transformed by Nature’s nimble glove;
to whisper stirrings in each one
whose baring chances by.
In this place, set deep in grass,
paces slow and seem to ask
if time has slowed as well.
So low the timber creeks therein
and ebbing waters seep so thin,
groves round about them lay.
Steps sink low in dampened ground,
voices transmit softest sound
in gratitude of Nature –
all that’s found within her peaks
and shallows where some seem to seek
the transient claim of vestige.
Her patrons, noble in nature, come;
She silently awaits them all,
offering them pleasant dreams.
Once the handbreadth of the Sun
rises upward, rays far-flung,
speaking in golden hues,
the tenor in his voice subdues,
bending to their beauty.
Warmth now to tilts the bank of sky,
moving cloud banks on the rise
to prosper in daylight’s gaze.
So near, the sky resembles fields
With grazing Sun and brightened yields,
Nature’s wakening has begun.
In the sky a heavenly glow
Transmits warmth to all below
And the farmyard wakes as well.
Colts whinny to welcome the Sun –
they nicker soft that he has come
to prance with them, as they have become
warm in the morning’s soft light.
The light plays tricks, darting now
through wooden slats and on the ground,
timing its momentum upon them
to the rhymes of insects and birds;
out of distraction, it bounds across pools,
Wherein mirror horses’ hooves
between light’s tidy rays.
And just as brilliantly, drying and ripening,
light swaths the fullness of fields,
taking up a harvest of scent.
So taken in by scent and breeze
whispering wings have shaken their ease,
and to the world unnoticed, climbed.
Quietly above, in great open air,
birds have found more sunlight there,
between pile upon pile of clouds.

©2012 Ginger Jorgental

Entries for March 2012.

The Competitive Dash, an adjunct to the Daily Writers’ Dash, uses anonymous peer review through an online poll to find the most outstanding poem, flash piece or short story. The winning piece is then displayed in the Winners Wall of Fame.

The competition is open to all ages and nationalities, although entries must be written in English.

The winner will receive L$5,000 (Second Life® currency) or a $20 Amazon gift voucher and publication on the website on our Winners Wall of Fame.

Deadline for submissions is midnight (PST) on the 1st of March, June, September and December. We accept only 4 entries per person.

Public vote begins midnight (PST) on the 4th and ends midnight of the 30th. Winners will be notified by the 3rd of the following month.

Writer retains copyright, however, we reserve the right to republish winning work, whole or in part, in future electronic and/or print editions or anthologies.

Send your submissions to andrea@virtualwritersinc.com.

Please read our general submission guidelines here.

The Competitive and Daily Dashes are set predominantly in Second Life®, however, anyone can participate. Look out for our Daily Dash prompts on Twitter and Facebook.

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