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Poetry: Rebel Spirit; Death Clinging to Life, an Experiment in Chain Poetry

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Ann loves to write stories and poems and is always eager to meet challenges issued by other writers or herself, to exceed her comfort zone.

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

Pendant with a Monk and Death  (Walters Art Gallery)

Pendant with a Monk and Death (Walters Art Gallery)

"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

Scroll to Continue

Massed together all in a row…"

by Frank Atanacio

Death and Mourning

The Reaper: waiting for the souls

The Reaper: waiting for the souls

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.

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

Hans Memling's  'The Last Judgement'

Hans Memling's 'The Last Judgement'

My Continuation

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...

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......?

The Coat of Arms of the Holy See

Crossed Keys

Crossed Keys

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


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 25, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on May 25, 2014:

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

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on May 24, 2014:

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.

Audrey Howitt from California on May 24, 2014:

Came back for another read! Really well done!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2014:

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

Audrey Howitt from California on April 07, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2014:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 07, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 07, 2014:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 07, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 06, 2014:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 06, 2014:

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.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 04, 2014:

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

Kathleen Odenthal from Bridgewater on April 03, 2014:

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

The Examiner-1 on April 03, 2014:

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


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 02, 2014:

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

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 02, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 01, 2014:

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

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 01, 2014:

Wonderful verse. Enjoyed.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 30, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 30, 2014:

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

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on March 30, 2014:

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

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on March 30, 2014:

I like it. You have introduced another dimension.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

Thanks Eddy. Good to see you. Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on March 29, 2014:

Brilliant verse Ann.


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 29, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 29, 2014:

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.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 29, 2014:

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

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 29, 2014:

A beautiful poem and so greatly expressed.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 29, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 29, 2014:

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

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on March 29, 2014:

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

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 29, 2014:

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

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