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Monday, September 26, 2011

2nd Campaigner Challenge

Rachael put together a challenge for us to write a brief post 200 words or less with the following requirements:

1.  The word "Imago" be in the title.

Imago
A.Entomology . an adult insect.
B.Psychoanalysis . an idealized concept of a loved one, formed in childhood and retained unaltered in adult life.

2.  The following words also had to appear in the post:
      
Miasma
A. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
B. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
 
lacuna
A. a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument; hiatus.
B. Anatomy . one of the numerous minute cavities in the substance of bone, supposed to contain nucleate cells.
C. Botany . an air space in the cellular tissue of plants.

Oscitate
To gape; to yawn.

Synchronicity
an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated

Here is my attempt at the challenge.  Enjoy or detest.  
Imago of my author

     When I put down your book for the first time, my heart was full.  You were like a god to me.  A genius of the written word.  No lacuna to be found.  Every word, thought, detail, tight and complete.  Perfection. 
     I thought it was synchronicity when we both suffered slights in an uncaring world.  I seized the chance to reach out to you, to align ourselves to each other at last.  You accepted my life preserver, and together, we drifted away from the miasma of decaying dreams.
      Some days I would oscitate, shocked and hurt at the vitriol the world had to offer.  Sometimes it was you, head in hands, wondering why we still bothered. We would stand before the mirror together each day, hands entwined, searching for signs of ruin.  My eyes didn’t shine as bright.  Your hair became grayer.  But then we would turn to each other and the smile lines would deepen.  If it hadn’t been for the heartbreak, I wouldn’t have found the courage to reach you.  And you are all that matters.   


 


29 comments:

  1. good job! And thanks for the definitions, I had yet to look them up.

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  2. This is great - and I love the picture to go with it!

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  3. You are so brave to tackle the campaigner challenges! Kudos!

    Were you surprised at your wonderfully poetic result?

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  4. This is beautiful! Great job!
    Mine is #3.

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  5. This is fantastic! Seriously, I love it! :D

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  6. Lovely. Tinged with sadness, but lovely. Nice use of the words. Mine is #17

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  7. Thank you so much everyone! You don't know how thrilled I am at the number of times "beautiful" and "poetic" are coming up in your comments.

    @ Kristin, you ask if I was surprised at the result. I'm surprised at the responses here because I didn't see it as poetic myself. We're all our own worst critics, I guess.

    I'm having a great time reading all your entries too. For having such bizarre words to work with, everyone is coming up with some really brilliant stuff!

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  8. PS. The photo at the end is from MS Clip Art. I thought it fit the theme well. :)

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  9. Awesomeness! More writer prose. And a fitting picture to go with it. Very sweet and lovely.

    Great job, Sarah! :)

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  10. So romantic and sweet! And poetic, as the others already said. I love the "smile lines" part :)

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  11. Thanks for visiting my blog Sarah....you've put the words together in a natural unpretentious way...good one....

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  12. Poetic. You did a great job with this challenge. I'm #127 and a new follower from the campaign.

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  13. Great job--I really loved this and how well you portrayed the deep connection the characters have. Like the others said, very poetic!

    Another follower from the campaign. :D Good luck with this challenge!

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  14. Very nice. Mellow and heartfelt. Words flowed seamlessly.

    Good job.

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  15. Great work getting those tricky words in there, they flowed seamlessly. Beautiful!

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  16. Oh, that was lovely. Nice take on the challenge.

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  17. Very beautiful post and you did a great job of using the words. I'm a new follower. And my post is #125.

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  18. I love how you built a love story from rejection. There are so few positive entries. This is a standout. I'm just getting around to visit my MG/YA campaign group so I'm a new follower. My entry is #52, and if you like what you see, there's a chocolate follower contest tab at the top.

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  19. This is beautiful! Congrats on a great job with these strange words.

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  20. Wonderful job. There was such love and peace in your piece. I enjoyed it!

    #189

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  21. Lovely and very extraordinary. I never read something like that.

    By the way, thank you for letting me know that I made it to the next round with my Third Challenge entry. You saved my day! :)

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