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Of the Shadow and the Gray (A Poetry Challenge)

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The origin of the challenge...

I've participated in a few Hubpages challenges in the past, yet haven't had the time or opportunity to create one of my own. Nor could I think of any...that is, until I came across two videos. I was compelled to write a poem about them and thought they might pose an interesting and unusual challenge.

In each video (The Gray and The Shadow), a man who is a skilled hunter of wolves is lost in the frozen wilderness, faced with the prospect of his own mortality as wolves follow and surround him in his struggle for survival. (The wolves are part of the metaphor; for example, we can see clearly in The Gray that the black alpha isn't real.) At first, I thought The Gray was a bit too dark. But I was soon fascinated with the stark differences and striking similarities in the existential theme, and the courage, desolation and profound beauty present in both videos.

The rules of the challenge are simple...

Write a poem about elements within both videos that capture your imagination. You may use any style of poetry -- Haiku, rhyme, free verse or prose -- whatever you wish. This is a blank canvass with which you can create words and imagery from wherever this visual journey takes you. The only caveat is that the poem cannot exceed eighty words in length.

I will include links to any hubs written in response to this challenge, as they occur. If you prefer, you can include your poem in the comment section.



The Gray...

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The Shadow


My own brief poem that melds both videos appears below. I wrote this while listening to the music of "I Am Your Shadow."


I watch through cold windows

As the howling echoes swell

In this land of the fallen

Where our lost snow dreamers dwell;

The taken and the given

Still mark the path behind

In footsteps long forgotten

Our fate with nature finds;

Fear not my beloved

For I wait beyond the fray

In that tender wisp of breath

Between the shadow and the gray.


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The following are links to our wonderful poets who created a hub in response to this challenge. You will find more remarkable responses in the comments below.

I want to thank everyone for participating and for encouraging others. When reading the poetry written in response to this challenge, we find inspiration, while seeing something new with each individual perspective and dimension that is so beautifully expressed. I am proud to be a member of this uniquely talented, supportive community.




Jodah - Shadows of the Grey (One of the Pack)

Audrey Howitt - You Take My Eyes

AnnArt - Raw Nature

Bravewarrior - The Winter of My Life

  • The Winter of My Life
    Life is full of challenges. The ones I appreciate the most are those that awaken my muse, cause reflection, and compel me to create. This is my response to a poetry challenge posed by Genna East.

Ocfireflies - Between Breaths Eclipse

Shyron E Shenko - Ghost of Love Shadows of Fear

Suzettenaples - The Wolf; the Gray & the Shadow

CrisSp - A Tail of Winter

  • Tail of winter
    Toronto is Canada's largest city and the capital of Ontario, located northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. Winter in the city, which starts from December and usually ends by early March is cold and often snowy. Daytime temperatures in December, January

Kari Paulsen- Cold-A Poem

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Copyright Notice

Poetry written and copyrighted by Genna Eastman (Genna East); September, 2015. All rights reserved.

Said copyrights and ownership do not extend to the videos:

The Gray: From Jules Daly's The Gray with Liam Neeson; music by Marc Streitenfeld. Video created by iptameno kapelo of YouTube.

The Shadow: Music by Lisa Gerrard "Sanvean (I Am Your Shadow)," from the album "Facing The Wrong Way." Video created by Loves Great Ebb and Flow of YouTube.


Comments

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on March 04, 2021:

Hello Manav...

Thank you. I will read this soon and attach your wonderful contribution to this hub. I'm a tad bit unde rthe weather right now.

Hello dearest Ruby...

I just hate the new Letter Pile and the restricted ways in which comments can be added. Haven't quite mastered the "art" of this new feature. And the churlish bombardment of ads is a bit embarrassing...it makes reading our hubs very challenging.

I am healing slow but sure. I hope to return to HP by the first week of April. Thanks so much for asking. Hugs right back, my beloved friend! :-)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 03, 2021:

Oh, how I love the days when we all got together and wrote our heart's out and could comment on the written page. Now, so many ads our poetry gets lost. How are you Genna? I hope you are healing. Hugs

Manav Verma from india on March 03, 2021:

Hi Genna ..although I m 5 years late for this challenge I really liked the idea behind it. I wrote the challenge today and I m glad I did it. It gave me a new perspective today...I am going to publish it on my page though......

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on June 05, 2019:

Hi Mike... Our paths are what life's all about. I'm pleased that this remembrance is what you needed, although I won't ask what led you here again. It's just good to see you. Thank you, my friend. :-)

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 04, 2019:

Hello Genna - I can't tell you the path I followed that lead me back here tonight. But this remembrance, seems just what I needed. You write with such an agile pen.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 03, 2017:

Hi Kari...thank you and I so agree. I am off to read your wonderful poem!

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 02, 2017:

I read all the linked poems. It amazes me how we humans respond so differently to the same videos. People truly are amazing and unique! :)

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 02, 2017:

I love challenges! I published my poem. It is called, "Cold-A Poem". Thanks for having this challenge. :)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 17, 2016:

Thank you! So good to see you.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on October 15, 2016:

Hey Gen, very nice poetry

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 28, 2016:

Thank you Ruby. I so enjoyed this project and the poetry submitted by other hubbers -- including yours, my friend. :-)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 23, 2016:

I saw that you had received a comment and I returned to read your beautiful poem once again. Cheers :- )

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on May 23, 2016:

Sorry I'm late, Peg. I'm happy to hear about your website and hope it's going well. I will visit, soon. Thanks so much for the comment. :-)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 14, 2016:

Hi Genna,

Loved reading your poem and I like the idea that you have inspired others to write theirs. Afraid I am too busy with my own website right now to even consider doing this. Your poetry is always worth reading. I also enjoyed some of the poetry in the comments.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on March 05, 2016:

Thank you! I'm sorry to be a bit late, but I am off you read your contribution. :-)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on March 02, 2016:

I love the drama of this hub along with the video. Beautiful and very clever!

Thank you for the reminder to go through my old hubs. Here's my contribution. https://hubpages.com/literature/Tail-of-winter

Love from the sky~

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on January 20, 2016:

Thank you, Rajan. Your words echo what I was trying to achieve with the poem. I think our fellow hubbers and poets did beautifully with their contributions. :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 20, 2016:

Two contrasting videos that raised a range of emotions. The videos haunt for long after. Your poem captures these so beautifully.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 19, 2015:

There have been wonderful contributions to this challenge. I so appreciate your visit and kind comment. Thank you.

ignugent17 on December 16, 2015:

Wonderful poem! I was not able to join this challenge but I am glad to read your poem.

Have a good day!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on December 14, 2015:

I look forward to reading it, Nadine. :-)

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 03, 2015:

I will give it a try in the new year. Who knows I might surprise myself he.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 12, 2015:

Thank you, Nadine. Sorry I'm a little late. I'm happy this gave you some ideas; I think you would write wonderful poetry, by the way.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on November 06, 2015:

Wow what a great idea to write a poem after looking at these videos. I'm hopeless writing poetry, but you have given me ideas.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on November 03, 2015:

@Rabadi Thank you! :-)

@Suzettenaples

I just left this comment on your stunning hub:

Thank you for participating in this challenge, Suzette. And what a truly moving poem, written with deep compassion. I have to say that it is one of my favorites. It also reminds me a little of Jodi Picoult's novel, "Lone Wolf." The sections I just love focus on Luke's experience living with a wild wolf pack in Canada for nearly two years. His story brings these magnificent, shy predators into the light. How they eventually accept him into the pack (their family unit) is mesmerizing. You have given these fascinating creatures a unique soul that many do not see. :-)

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 01, 2015:

Genna: I love your poem and the images you portray. The videos are wonderful too. I am taking you up on your challenge and I will see what I can do.

O from New York on November 01, 2015:

Simply beautiful, keep it going! You earned a new follower.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 31, 2015:

@NellRose

Thank you! Our fellow poets wrote extraordinary and profound words in this challenge...it has been an experience I treasure. :-)

@MartieCoetser

Hi Martie. I so agree..."profound and touching" describes their contributions perfectly. And no worries...I know you are very busy. By the way, I think your travelogues about Africa have a beautiful sense of poetry, Martie. You have a deft touch with both words and images that is unique. Thank you for the visit and comments.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 26, 2015:

Oh, Genna, what a beautiful poem! Also the contributions I have read are profound and touching. I wish I had time to participate, but my time for writing has been severely cut by reality. Hope to be free again soon :)

Awesome challenge!

Nell Rose from England on October 26, 2015:

Ooh love this! so atmospheric! love the poem and the videos!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 25, 2015:

My sincere apologies in being so late in responding, but I've been recovering from a nasty flu bug...a leftover souvenir from traveling it seems. Sometimes vacations bestow gifts we don't anticipate. :-)

@AHorseback

I loooove your poem...it's one of my favorites! Thank you so much for participating. Hugs. :-)

@AudreyHowitt

Thank you. Coming from a poet I deeply admire and respect, your words mean much to me. I think everyone who participated wrote beautifully; with a unique vision and perception.

@Tillsontitan

Mary, I think you would write beautiful poetry; if you ever think about giving it a try, please do! You are such a talented writer...the words of a poet are there, my dear friend. Our community of writers is amazing -- isn't it? :-) Thanks so much for that kind comment.

Mary Craig from New York on October 25, 2015:

Genna this entire hub was just beautiful. The depth of feeling and flowing emotions can't even be imagined without the wonderful words you have used to show us.

Poetry is not my thing and as much as I would like to try your challenge I feel I would do it a disservice. There are so many talented and beautiful responses, you have opened a vein of creativity.

Audrey Howitt from California on October 22, 2015:

I hope you are doing well Genna--I love your poetry--and I think there are a couple of responses to this that I have missed. So going off to check them out now.

ahorseback on October 07, 2015:

I was caught point blank in surprise

the wolf in the midnight moon

Instantly sizing me up and down in his reflecting

eye's far , far too soon

I was his if he chose or his to ignore

as he pleased

He turned slowly away exposing his flank

and away from me he eased

Since then I've hunted up the trappers

and trapped them in my sights

and more and more I listen

to wolves howling in dark nights

We are one now the wolf and the man

I will guard him with my life

and soon we are to be reunited

and share one vision one life

Today I saw him again and in the light

of the moon we found new meaning

the wolf and I are one now and

we howl now in the midnight gleaning

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on October 07, 2015:

My apologies for not responding earlier, but I was out of town for the better part of a week, and am now only getting caught up.

@Nellieanna

You are my heroine, and my example. If I can do half as well as you in retirement, I will consider myself both lucky and blessed. Hugs.

@Flourish

Thank you! I think our community of poets did splendidly with this challenge. Aren't they amazing? Good to see you.

@Shyron

I'm on my way to your hub! Thank you for participating. :-)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on October 05, 2015:

Genna, here is the link to my answer to your challenge, https://hubpages.com/literature/Ghost-of-Love-Shad...

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 04, 2015:

You're such a creative spirit, and I enjoyed reading both your beautiful poem as well as other contributions. Marvelous.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 28, 2015:

Good for you, being eager to embrace each new surprise with its new challenges! It keeps one fully alive at every age! Sadly, even younger folks can settle and get stuck. Not you! Not I!

Certainly for these 20 or so of retirement years, I've found them as busy, if not more so! There are both imperative projects and discretionary ones! Each corner manages to present its surprises, too, and they tend also to be challenges, increasingly so with the years. With them may come path changes - or detours. Such was the accident of last April in which I sprained both wrists, which was challenging, since I live alone in a 2-story house. Some priority juggling was needed, but it had its recompenses, too.

I'm just thankful to have lots of energy and excellent health. Still, overall, it's not the same as it was in previous decades! haha. But that adds its unique challenges which keep one fully alive and bring opportunities to learn new methods and 'workarounds', as George would call strategies to manage obstacles which could otherwise deter a plan or course of action. It's almost a kind of art or an intellectual course. It feels exhilarating, and needn't stop one's lifetime passions and projects.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 27, 2015:

@Mckbirdbks

Thank you, Mike. What a lovely compliment. I added back the third stanza which I removed before publishing. I was afraid that someone might be reticent to try Haiku if other poems were more lengthy; but this didn't happen. So, I added it back in.

@Nellieanna

We miss you too! But we understand that life has many paths. I have heard that retirement can be quite busy...I guess for me it's a case of "the grass is always greener..." I suspect that surprises are around each corner, which I await eagerly. Hugs. :-)

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 27, 2015:

No problem, Genna. But I must warn you that retirement can turn out to be the busiest time of one's life. Plus, one knows it's all nearly one's own choices, but they're as imperative as before, even though not as imposed upon one. They're also among the happiest. Only warning is that the golden years are among the busiest.

I hope to get more into the hubs. When I'm not. I so miss it and everyone.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 27, 2015:

Hey, it only took me nine days to find the word. The last line of your poem is exquisite.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 27, 2015:

My apologies for not responding sooner but I've been on the Vineyard this past week doing some research.

@AnnArt

Ann, I am so honored that you participated. I loved both your poetry and prose. :-)

@Nellieanna

No worries, my dear friend. I often don't have the time to respond to many of the challenges. I work 8-10 hours a day, and I find that I have to juggle many things just to find to time to read these days, it seems. I look forward to retirement! :-) I'm so pleased that you found this project interesting; thank you for the visit and for that special comment. Our community of poets are wonderful. Some of the best poetry I've ever read is here on the Hub...especially yours. Hugs.

@Gypsy

Hi Rasma. Thank you for the visit. I know exactly what you mean about time constraints. I'm just pleased you found the challenge interesting, and hope you are enjoying your weekend.

@Romeos Quill

Thank you, again, for participating, and for your encouragement.

@Peg Cole

HI Peg. Thank you. The responses to this challenge were magnificent...each with their own interpretation and unique style. My poem consisted of three stanzas originally but I removed one as I didn't want hubbers to feel that they had to follow my lead, so to speak. We have so much talent on the Hub...it's truly inspiring and humbling.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on September 25, 2015:

Genna, This was stunning both in the challenge to write on the subject and the intensity of the video. There are some fine poetic entries here and in the responses from your readers. That video was really heavy but compelling to watch. Your poem was awesome and powerful.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 22, 2015:

Thank you RQ, :)

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 22, 2015:

Hey! Thanks a million snakeslane and I thought that your take on Genna East's challenge was pretty cool too.

The diversity exhibited by all the contributors on the same subject matter was good to digest and your own poem seemed to envelop the latent horror with a calming serenity - great job, and thanks for a thoughtful read.

Sincerely;

R.Q.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 20, 2015:

It is a great idea and I just love wolf poem. However at the moment much too much on my plate so this challenge I will pass up. Best of luck to all who take up the challenge.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on September 20, 2015:

This will take time and thought for me, though I'm instantly awed by your concept and work, as well as by those who have responded.

However, it's just not how I write. I'm poor at responding to challenges and contests and am not much better at addressing dark subject unless they occur to me or sweep over me spontaneously, which is usually an exception rather than a rule, but in any case, is purely personal. I'm not even sure I can claim what I do as being a craft.

I'm so impressed by what you've done here and what those responding have done. I just happened onto snakeslane's poem, which led me here to see what it responded to. Glad for that!! Hugs.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 20, 2015:

Thank you, Genna, for the compliment. I'm proud to be a member of this amazing site too. It's great being amongst so many who care about their craft.

BTW, you inspired me so much that I've also written some prose as an offshoot to this; can't stop thinking about it!

Hope your weekend's going well.

Ann

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

I want to thank everyone for participating and for encouraging others. When reading the poetry written in response to this challenge, we find inspiration, and see something new with each, individual perspective and dimension that is so beautifully expressed! I am proud to be a member of this uniquely talented community.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

Wow. Your poem is amazing, Kim. And written with your own unique style. Bravo, my friend. I thought about the word length as the one rule for this challenge. I was worried that writers of Haiku might be discouraged if other poems were far lengthier. And, many of the best poems I've read on the Hub are less than 80 words in length. You are an example of this, my poet friend. Thank you. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

Hi Kim...

I'm on my way over to read your poem. :-)

ocfireflies from North Carolina on September 19, 2015:

Mr response:

https://hubpages.com/hubtool/edit/4723705?edit=1

(I was not sure how to present the challenge without using your own stuff, so I included the link to your hub. Please let me know if that is unacceptable.)

May not find it-HP-says needs more words...

Thanks Genna for giving me such an adventure.

Thanks for giving so many of us an opportunity to play.

Blessings,

Kim

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@drbj

Hello, and thank you for your visit and comments.

I had the very same thoughts as you about "The Gray" --- until I saw the final seconds of the film. The final scene does not appear until after the credits. (I almost missed it.) The same holds true in The Gray video above; the final seconds do not appear until the after the black screen. The body of the dying wolf lies in the snow. Neeson lies on the snow in front of him, although we do not see his face or body, save for the back of his head which rests on the wolf's body, moving slightly with each closing breath. Neeson is the alpha man; the wolf is the alpha of his pack although we can tell the wolf isn't real and is symbolic of something.

This hearkens back to the beginning of the film where Neeson has just shot a wolf that was running to attack two men working in the snow fields. He leans over and strokes the wolf, feeling each breath of the wolf as he dies in the snow.

For me, those final seconds made the entire film; it was the connecting glue, so to speak, that defined the existential theme.

It's good to see you...and I hope you are enjoying you weekend! :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@Bravewarrior

I just left a comment on your hub. I loved your poem, and am pleased that this challenge awakened your spirit and muse.

"Guiding me on the path to myself.

Guiding me to the fork in the road

Where I must choose."

The spirit...and the choices...I think this lies at the very heart of these videos, which you have expressed beautifully. Thank you for bringing perception and inspiration to this challenge with your poetry. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@Snakeslane

I just posted a comment to your hub. This is beautiful writing! Thank you for enriching this challenge with your poem.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@DianaLee

Hello Diana. I am so pleased this challenge inspired you. I look forward to reading your poem!

@Venkatachari

Thank you. It's a pleasure to see you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@AnnArt

Ann -- your poem is outstanding! Thank you for participating in this challenge, and for bringing forth a new dimension. You captured so much of what both videos convey; and the questions both men pose, and the challenges they face, in those moments before the fall -- lost in the land of "snow dreamers," so to speak. Kudos, my friend. And I enjoyed reading your perspectives about our relationship with nature and the wild. I believe that nature is an integral part of who we are, as are the animals of the wild, in many ways.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 19, 2015:

@Faith Reaper

Thank you, dear Faith, for that lovely comment. It has been so rewarding to read the poems written in response to this challenge. They are all unique, yet each has a quality, perception and creativity that are outstanding. I truly believe that HP has a community of creative writers that stands out from all the rest. I am honored to be a member.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 19, 2015:

Genna, here's the link to my response: https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Winter-of-My-Lif...

Thank you for awakening my muse!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on September 19, 2015:

Beautiful imagery in an exceedingly short poem, Genna. Not an easy task.

BTW, I saw that film, 'The Grey,' and Neeson was excellent, as always. But I did not like that uncertain ending. Where was the helicopter that should have arrived to save him? (:

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 19, 2015:

Thanks again Genna, I made mine into a Hub. Will enjoy following this poetry challenge!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 19, 2015:

Genna, you've awakened my muse! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

The videos are quite compelling. Your poem is intriguing and thought provoking.

I've composed my contribution while reading this. I just have a little bit of research to do before I publish. I'll be back to give you the link.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on September 19, 2015:

Beautiful poetry with equally wonderful challenge.

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on September 19, 2015:

Genna, I except this challenge. Something I never do. This inspired me. I'm putting my poem of 79 words in a hub.

Ann Carr from SW England on September 19, 2015:

Hi again, Genna. Here is the link to my response:

https://annart.hubpages.com/hub/RAW-NATURE-Respons...

Thanks again for setting us this challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed taking part.

Ann

Faith Reaper from southern USA on September 18, 2015:

Hi Genna,

So wonderful to see you here publishing ...and with such a fascinating poetry challenge! I watched both videos and I can understand how you came up with this idea as both are perfect for this challenge, with their disturbing theme of man and nature, yet stark beauty.

Your poetry is always stirring and exquisite.

I have already enjoyed reading others' amazing contributions here in the comments, and so I am off to read their hubs.

I am also eagerly awaiting your Victorian cottages series you were thinking of writing. I hope those are in the works too.

Sharing everywhere

Peace and blessings always, talented friend

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

Audrey, your poem is magnificent! I recently posted this comment in your hub:

"They are my gift to you

this conduit of souls.

I ask only that lie with me

in the passing."

This melds so beautifully with the final seconds, moments, in the videos, as does the depth of your interpretation of the existential theme.

Striking work, my friend. As always. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@AnnArt

I think the credit of this challenge belongs to the inspiring videos. I am so pleased that a number of our writers and poets have written in response to this, and with such stunning work. I so look forward to reading yours as well.

@Ocfireflies

Hi Kim. Thanks for the visit. I have no doubt your poetry will be unique, creative and inspiring. Hugs right back. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Jodah

Hi John...

I just post this comment on your hub with your wonderful poem: I loved how you used the metaphor of the wolves from The Gray. That last fight...into the fray, and how nature figures so prominently in this. We can almost tell in the video that the wolf he faces isn't real and represents his fight with nature, his mortality, with himself. Bravo, John! Beautiful job. Thank you.

I'm sorry about the word length, but I had to come up with at least 0ne rule to make it a bit more challenging. And you aced this challenge. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Marcjour

Hello Maria! The videos and their similarities caught my imagination and wouldn't let go. Our poets have offered brilliant responses to this challenge...each one different. I am in awe of their talents. Good to see you...have a great weekend, my friend. Hugs.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Romeo's Quill

Thank you. I have added your hub as a link to this challenge hub, and am off to read your poem. )

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Always Exploring

Hi Ruby. I love the story you tell in your poem; you have brought the thoughts and emotions of these characters from the screen, forward. The last line was chilling and beautiful....

"The wolves fur feels warm as they drag me toward the moonlight."

Thank you for participating in this challenge. Hugs, my friend.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Frank Atanacio

I so appreciate your encouraging comments, Frank. Thank you.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 18, 2015:

@Snakeslane

Thank you! I cherish your poem...especially the final lines:

Then stillness.

In a moment of grace they retreat.

Snow drifts where you walk.

Gently you fall.

This is poetry. :-)

Audrey Howitt from California on September 18, 2015:

Mike is amazing--there is a tenderness and vulnerability in his writing that just always shows up--

Audrey Howitt from California on September 18, 2015:

Thank you Genna! Your piece is hauntingly beautiful--your work is always stunning--thank you for the beauty you bring to this place--

and here is my piece:

https://hubpages.com/literature/YouTakeMyEyes

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 18, 2015:

Genna,

I have completed my poem. Here is the link:

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/Shadows-o...

ocfireflies from North Carolina on September 18, 2015:

Genna,

It will very difficult to put into words what you have already presented, but I will do my best. Going to watch videos now and report back.

So excited to see your name pop up in my email.

Love You Girlfriend,

Kim

Ann Carr from SW England on September 18, 2015:

This is a great challenge, away from the norm. I will have a good look at those videos, then see what I can come up with in a hub.

Those who've contributed already have created some inspirational poetry and yours is beautifully dreamlike. I love 'tender wisp of breath'.

Ann

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on September 18, 2015:

Genna,

These videos are hauntingly inspiring...

Your interpretive poem is the motivation for some profoundly different work here in the comments.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

Hugs, Maria

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 18, 2015:

It's done, and here's the link for you and your readers.

Thanks for the challenge M(r)s East; I'm off to bed now lol!

I hope you and your family have a great w/end.

R.Q.

https://discover.hubpages.com/literature/-Of-the-S...

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on September 18, 2015:

I enjoyed reading your poem Genna East which fitted your chosen subject admirably and the last section of the second vid, ' The Shadow ' was soulful.

Some great poetry already in the comments section and would be happy to offer something by way of a small contribution to gee up us poets a little.

I'm a bit tired, but I'll see what I can cobble together in the next hour or so.

Bye for now;

R.Q.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 17, 2015:

Hi Genna, what wonderful videos and a good idea for a challenge. I can't resist them and especially this one being a poetry challenge. I will work on my response and publish it as a hub. I can't be as quick as Mike and Snakeslane however :) They both did a great job.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on September 17, 2015:

The shadows are closing in as my world turns to gray

Cold and delusional, which way, which way? I pray

Lost on a mountain, falling snow dimming my sight

The wolves advancing as I hear them snarling into the night

My mind begins to roam, thinking of home and family

Hoping against all odds of rescue eventually

The night air growing frigid. My eyelids closing unable to fight

The wolves fur feels warm as they drag me toward the moonlight.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on September 17, 2015:

wow, gennaeast... im left captured and frozen with the simplicity and the creativity of your poem... again wow

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 17, 2015:

Grey/Shadow

In the grey light of dawn they drift

Ghost like. As you focus on the sound of the howl,

They emerge, and converge, closing in.

Your final prayer goes unheard, as a snarl

Rises up from the throat, and you face it head bowed.

Then stillness.

In a moment of grace they retreat.

Snow drifts where you walk.

Gently you fall.

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2015:

Mike -- I forgot to mention that I'm sorry about those 80 words...but what you wrote is superb. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2015:

@Snakelane

Hi there. So good to see you. Mike is amazing -- isn't he? I decided on the bittersweet element due to the women in both their lives, who they deeply loved and carried with them, so to speak. I so look forward to reading whatever you decide to chime in with. I'm sure it will be wonderfully creative and imaginative!

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2015:

@Billybuc

Thank you! But I see poetry in your fiction writing, Bill. You can always give it a try with free prose style (hint, hint). I think you would be an amazing poet, the way. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2015:

@Mckbirdbks

Hi Mike. I loved your poem! I think it fits the existential theme so well...especially Neeson in The Gray. In the last seconds of that video, we see the back of his head resting on the dying body of the wolf, in the snow, moving with each breath. Compared to the younger man in The Shadow, resting of his head with the wolves who surround him in the snow -- blew me away. And thank you for those encouraging words. I always enjoy your visits. :-)

Genna East (author) from Massachusetts, USA on September 17, 2015:

@Lawrence01

Thank you, Lawrence. Take whatever time you need; I look forward to reading whatever you decide write. :-)

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on September 17, 2015:

Hello Genna, This challenge is intriguing, I am tempted to chime in, not nearly as fast as Mike however (how does he do that?) and not as sweet and subtle as your verses, gotta think about it. Thanks!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 17, 2015:

Genna, I love your poetry and you know how much I respect you....but a poetry challenge? For me? I'm not even up to "training wheel" level yet in poetry. In fact, I don't even own a bike. :) I'm so sorry I won't be taking part in this, but I fear I would set poetry back 500 years if I attempted this.

blessings always

bill

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 17, 2015:

Hello Genna. I normally do not take challenges, but this one seemed to tempt me. Imagine my despair when the poem I wrote was 91 words and I had to combine two stanzas.

The two videos were so compelling. I can see how you were drawn to poetry. So rich and vibrant.

Your poetry carries a magnetic current charged with all the beauty our language can convey.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on September 17, 2015:

Oh spirit man

You’ve reached the snow

Caught in silent white

You’ve suffered every blow

.

Your youth of spring

Gone now - long ago

As is the strength

To fight off every foe

.

You fought through summer

And you’ve begun to slow

Then stacked the wood for fall

And signs of age begin to show

.

Oh spirit man, the wolf is here

With no regard for tales of woe

Caught in winter white

Your river ceased to flow

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on September 17, 2015:

Genna

This is awesome, and it'll take some thinking about for me.

Lawrence

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