Musketeers Inspirational Challenge (Baton Change Notice)

a writing by Richard Gildea

(Please note this is not a VN sponsored event)

We wish to thank all who contributed to the 46th Musketeers Inspirational Challenge - “We live in times of Deep Regret” the title of which was provided by our good friend Alan Brown.
Alan stepped into the breach at short notice and has presided over a splendid run which has elicited many wonderful interpretations by way of response.
His chosen title has proved to be relevant to many and sadly topical in relation to world events. However his assured handling of the ‘Baton’ has contributed to a very enjoyable run.
Alan's name will now be added to the ever growing ‘Hall of Fame’ which lists all previous ‘Baton Holders’.

As ever, active participation comes in many forms; either through submission of poetry, responding, or by simply reading the varied works throughout the one month duration of the run.
We doff our collective feathered hats to all concerned.

The next 'Run' will start on the evening of 6th - morning of the 7th October 2014 and we are very pleased to announce that our good friend Samson Olajide Iyanda has accepted 'The Baton' for the upcoming 47th Musketeers Inspirational Challenge.
Samson (Jide) has waited patiently for his opportunity and if his ‘Run’ reflects the unbounded enthusiasm he has shown for the ‘Challenge’ there will be no holding him.
(So stand by everyone)

We do hope this year of 2014 will continue to foster friendships and support on this wonderful site VN;
“Friendships” which embrace all creeds and recognise no borders between Nations.

Regards from the Musketeers,
Keith, William, Richard & Edwin (Porthos, Athos, Aramis & D’artagnan)
“Men at Arms” to our Liege Lord, Sir Roy “AFOAOFA”

PS. We would also ask for all on VN to keep Dear Marcia in their Prayers at this time.

Note: - If any of our members have been away or should wish to participate for the first time, please feel welcome to do so.
If you wish to read without participation, you are also most welcome.
Should you wish to 'catch up' with your own unique take on previous "Titles" they are all listed below in Chronological order.

‘Poem Titles’ submitted so far:-

“You may borrow my pen but don't use my ink”
(1) By Keith Lumbard, UK
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“A Small Lump of Clay” with “A Transient Name"
(2) By Roy Kneale, UK
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“Whither the Wind blows, there Falls the Seed”
(3) By Jacinta Ramayah, Malaysia
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“You may lead my horse to water, but you can’t make him Drink”
(4) By Richard Gildea, UK
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“Though Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour of Splendour in the Grass, Of Beauty in the Flower”
(5) By Nancy Crossland, USA
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"All Cards are Marked and All Fates will Collide"
(6) By William Willis, Scotland
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"The Fragrance of the Virtue Rises to the Heavens"
(7) By Dr. Sudarsan Prasad, India
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"Fasten your Seatbelts, it's going to be a Bumpy Night"
(8) By Marcia Schechinger, USA
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"Two Hearts Beating As One"
(9) By Elizabeth Squires, Australia
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"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be"
(10) By John Trent, USA
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"The no mind not thinks, no thoughts about no things - The Buddha"
(11) By Pattra Shuwaswat, Netherlands
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“The Child is Father of the Man"
(12) By Dowell Oba, Nigeria
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"The Rise and Fall of Notes"
(13) By Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Denmark
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"Just Give me a Cowboy/Cowgirl Poet"
(14) By MarVenea Rainwater, USA
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“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into”
(15) By Susan Mary Burns, Ireland
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“I may be lying in the gutter but I’m looking up at the stars”
(16) By Tony Grannell, China
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"Per Ardua Ad Astra"
(17) By Pauline Miller, UK
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“Heady bit of bungee jumping, this pride leaves you hanging alone at the end of it”
(18) By Rita Singh, India
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"Too Lightly On Life's Scales Compassion Weighs"
(19) By Roy Kneale, UK
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“How Can A Bird That's Born For Joy, Sit In A Cage And Sing”
(20) By Christine Shaw, UK
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"I Hesitantly Walked Through The Portal Not Knowing What Lay Ahead"
(21) By Maggie Pollock, Scotland
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Dreams aspire to reach the sky, "When Doves Fly"
(22) By Richard Gildea, UK
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"Let your life dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf....to the music of love, faith, trust and pixie dust.."
(23) By Nishu Mathur, India
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"A Tiny Seed Of Love Was Sown"
(24) by Linda Lee, Spain
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"That It Will Never Come Again, Is What Makes Life So Sweet"
(25) By Edwin Jepson, UK
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"Acrostic Challenge"
(26) By Denis Barter, Canada
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"The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side Of Life"
(27) By Dwayne Rankin, USA
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"Forty Two"
(28) By Andy Fardell, UK
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"Only When You Drink From The River Of Silence Shall You Indeed Sing"
(29) By Hina Firdose, India
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"No Man Is An Island"
(30) By Lynne Colgrave, UK
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"One Cannot Educate the Human Heart"
(31) By Marie Smith, UK
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"The Mountains of Conviction"
(32) By Dhal Bahadur Jirel "Ravi", Nepal
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"The Man In The Arena"
(33) By Charles Sides, USA
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"Zero Covers All"
(34) By Satheesan Rangorath, India
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"This Afternoon, All Clocks Went Wrong"
(35) By Michelle Klemm, Germany
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“Embrace the Uncertainty of Life”
(36) By Richard Gildea, UK
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"If Ever I Must Sing As Poets Have”
(37) By Matthew Bill, USA
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"If Adversity Gets the Better of You”
(38) By Milagros Gastanes, Philippines
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"The Charles A. Sides Memorial Challenge"
(39) By William Willis, Scotland
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“Everyone Has A Secret”
(40) By Jean charles Laws, UK
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"My Life, A Book Without Pages"
(41) By Taurai Mutoti Charumbria, Zimbabwe
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“When the Sun illuminates, upon the Sapphire Skies”
(42) By Gladys Padron, USA
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"D-Day"
(43) By Andy Fardell, UK
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"We buil too many walls and not enough bridges"
(44) By Hsien Lou, South Africa
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"We're all on a journey"
(45) By Roy Kneale, UK
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"We live in times of Deep Regret"
(46) By Alan Brown, UK
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