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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

7 Writers Get To Strut Their Stuff (The Seven-Line Challenge)

This is a little different post for Awakenings but yet is representative of a form of awakening befitting of any culture: awakening of the senses. An excellent way to awaken emotional senses is through the written word. Writing is an art: An art enjoyed by those who are the writers but most importantly its readers for the written word is only as good as the message received when read. The online environment is totally dependent upon writing presented within varied avenues/genres. A question that often arises is, "Which ones are worth reading?"

A few weeks ago Raani York tagged Awakenings' sister site, catnipoflife, in the 7-line Challenge...a challenge indeed for both Awakenings and catnip reflect writing in poetic verse. Poetry? Why would one want to read poetry? Let's see...Its imagery can be captivating, its verses often flow with rhythm like music, its history is reflective of oral recitations and songs well before the age of literacy. So, it has been around for a long, long time.  

Awakenings, of course, is a challenge within itself. It is history written in poetic verse that spans five centuries from the 17th century to present day 21st century. This bids another question: History? That is in the past, we are in the present. Ah-h-h-h! But, it is the past that laid the foundation and the present that builds upon that foundation to ultimately define the future.

Let's get back to the 7-line Challenge...

The 7-line Challenge provided the opportunity to share 7 lines from page 77 of a published book. In this case, the chosen book was Awakenings from Then 'til Now, thus, the reason for including the 7-line Challenge here. Remember, this book is poetic verse so yet another challenge presented itself. Seven lines will break the rhythm but at the same time, will leave food for thought as to what comes next.

The except below is found within Whisperings of the Past at the end of the 17th century (1600-1699). The pureness of heart, the intellect of the mind, and the spirit of the soul were Puritan beliefs instrumental in forming the foundation for America. Basic principles focused on family, loyalty, and honor to the highest degree.

What poetic justice 
Do your words impart? 
Those self-inflicted 
War of mind and heart
 Are the ways of the world 
Really much different today? 
Mere diversions of thought...

Where do you go from here?
Now that I have whetted your appetite, it is my turn to tag 7 other writers, whose works are varied both in product and stage, to keep the challenge going. These are not necessarily poets but writers from various genres. It is very interesting, however, how one might find a bit of poetry interspersed within the most intriguing novel. 

Roxana Jones - http://roxanajones.com/ 

To those being tagged...

This is your mission: Go to line 7 on either page 7 or page 77 of your manuscript and do a post with the next 7 lines, then tag 7 people to keep the challenge going! This a short and savvy way to see what others out there in the blogosphere are writing.