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The Gauntlet
by Bobbi Ann Duffy
Monday, February 14, 2005
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This is a repost of one of my favorite pieces.

The Gauntlet


Fate threw down the gauntlet on the day that I was born  

into a cold and snowy world on a midwinter’s morn.

With a blizzard raging outside into this world I came,

and with a lusty cry I did my life proclaim.

They were the first of many tears I would in my lifetime shed,

but ne’er again did my tears flow because of fear or dread.

You see, I accepted the challenge at the moment of my birth

knowing that without it life would have little worth.

If a soul is never challenged, it can never grow,

and on the stage of life its part will be naught but a cameo.


For every tear I’ve shed this life two smiles have I enjoyed,

and never have I felt that adversity my life destroyed.

Each mountain I was faced with I climbed of my own accord

knowing that not trying would bring me no reward.

And each valley I spent time in gave me much needed rest,

and the energy I would need to surmount my life’s next test.

My life is now at twilight and none of it do I regret

for in my life joy and sorrow have played a bittersweet duet

Yet, I choose to live each moment left with this hope deep in my heart

that when this life finally ends a better one will start.


Copyright 2003 Bobbi Duffy


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Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 2/15/2005
This one touches my soul...
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/15/2005
Superb, very uplifting and gentle..
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 2/15/2005

Enchanting lines in "The Gauntlet" strike wisdom in the soul.
The first lines were etched on golden pages, and the closing lines were written with platinum letters.

Wonderful wise words worth warm applause!

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by jude forese 2/14/2005
in the autumn of our lives the true spring lies ahead ...

your poem is inspiring and very soothing ...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 2/14/2005
I agree that this is excellent and the point made about a soul being encouraged so it will grow is powerful.
Reviewed by Dave Harm 2/14/2005
This is excellent. I've had many valleys and a few mountains in my life, but never quiet looked at it this way...
Reviewed by Sue Hess 2/14/2005
nicely done
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/14/2005
yip I agree with you this is one great write!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/14/2005
i can see why you like this, bobbi; this is absolutely lovely! well done; enjoyed~

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :D
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