MUSKETEERS INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE 81

a writing by William Willis

Hello to all writers on the Voices Net Website.
Firstly I want to say a huge thanks to our resident Dr on this site the superb Dr.Sudarsan for his magical orchestration of The Musketeers Inspirational Challenge No80.

Dr. Sudarsan can take a well earned bow and also I for one have thoroughly enjoyed the title "Happy To Be Born Human – For The Love Of God And Man !’

It's amazing what the writers conjure up from these challenges and this one really got the muses flowing again. The COMMENTS were indeed a thing of beauty from the Dr and he is an invaluable asset to this website. Thank you dear sir!

The Baton moves on to Musketeers Inspirational Challenge 81 and we are having a little interlude at this point.

Challenge 81 will start on 7th October but I have been asked by a many writers if a CHALLENGE could still be set and one of our member's came up with a great idea.

Below there is a list of all the INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGES.

Please select a challenge title that you have maybe missed or have already done and write a poem depicting this title. There are many to chose from.

As stated Challenge 81 will be up and running again next month.

This will be a fun venture, I have missed only one of the 80 and will now make amends

GOOD LUCK!

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THE HISTORY OF THE MUSKETEERS INSPIRATIONAL CHALLENGE

On the 7th of each month a writer is selected from this website by The Musketeers to carry the Musketeers Inspirational Challenge Baton for a period of one month.

If anyone reading this wonders what The Musketeers Inspirational Challenge is, then I will give you the background to it.....

It all started around 5 years ago when a poet on this site namely Keith Lumbard (UK) suggested an idea for writers of VN to write a poem depicting a title chosen by him.....The title he chose was

“You may borrow my pen but don't use my ink.”

Well the poems flooded in from all around the world depicting Keith's much loved chosen title. Keith being the true gent he is, actually replied to every poem and the vast array of topics borne of the same title was truly fascinating. Keith was truly astounded.
I for one thought this was a fantastic idea and I contacted Keith suggesting that he should ask another writer to select any title of their choosing. Keith agreed with the concept and he chose much loved poet Roy Douglas Kneale (UK).

For anybody not acquainted with Roy's poetry, I beg you to take a wee half hour of your day to read some of his work. YOU WILL BE HOOKED.

Roy, in turn kindly accepted Keith's offer and then gave us the title 2- “A Small Lump of Clay” with “A Transient Name" which I am sure you agree...is a very difficult title. AGAIN! The poems flooded in from every corner of the globe.

Fellow poet Richard Gildea pushed the idea forward even more and was a huge supporting influence of The Challenge in its infancy and continues to be so.

Myself, Keith and Richard have been huge fans of The Voices Net Site over the years and we also have another thing in common. We all have a huge respect and love the poetry of aforementioned Master Poet - Roy Douglas Kneale (who is now in his 90th year).

Roy too, though The Monthly Challenge concept was a great idea and tipped his hat to the 3 of us and called us his Three Musketeers.

Myself, William (Athos) Richard (Amaris) and Keith (Porthos).

Dear Roy himself coined the phrase "The Musketeers Inspirational Challenge". And thus, that is how it all came to be. Engarde!
Keith, unfortunetly has not been around the site for a few years now but The Musketeers have recruited the services of Edwin Jepson as D'artagnan and Eddie has been a rock and he, as an ex-miner, expected nothing more.

In its infancy the Baton was passed every fortnight and I remember the first time I was chosen by Nancy Crossland (USA) and selected the title

"All Cards Are Marked And All Fates Will Collide"

.......again the poetry flooded in and I absolutely could not wait to get on my laptop each night to read and respond to these fantastic poets/poetesses from all over the world who were actually writing a poem depicting MY CHOSEN TITLE.

The power of the Internet indeed!

The Musketeers Inspirational Baton has now been in every single continent on this here Earth (except fpr South America) though we better hurry up before Trump's bricklaying squad start their work.

Again, back in the Inspirational Challenge's earlier days it was the Baton Holder who chose the next recipient or The Musketeers were asked to find a suitable candidate.

In the last few years The Musketeers have carried out the task of recruiting the Baton Holder and I think all who have participated in any way can pat yourself on the back. We have now amassed 80 Challenge Titles.

As you read the previous list of Challenge Poems, you will see the vast array of countries it has visited and also that many of the writers have carried The Baton more than once.

The Musketeers are always on the look out for fresh writers who may wish to take a turn and join the illustrious list of Baton Holders as set out below.

If anyone is reading this and wish to take a turn at carrying The Baton then please E Mail me on cashman66@live.co.uk or alternativly just send me a POEM MAIL through this site.

I promise you!
You will love the experience!
I say it again!
You will love the experience!

All you have to do is-

1. Present your title.
2.Write your own poem depicting the title.
3. Comment on as many poems depicting your title.
4. And that's it......dead easy.

We, The Musketeers and a host of other writers will also comment on the poems.

The Musketeers will guide you through anything you are unsure of by e mail or POEM MAIL.

P.S. It all just for fun. There are no winners and no losers. Anyone who takes up these challenge title then they have challenged their mind, found their muse and all who do this are winners in my eyes.

Here is the illustrious Voicesnet list of previous Musketeers Challenge Baton Holders

“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 build 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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“Whom the Cap Fits, Let Him Wear It”
(47) By Samson Olajide Iyanda, Nigeria
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“Of Scars and Stories"
(48) By Anna Urviya Hasan, India
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"Traditions for my Christmas Soul"
(49) By Karyn Henry, USA
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"Hands across the Sea"
(50) By The Musketeers, UK (& France)
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"My Train is running at its fastest”
(51) By Reginold Ajay Jacob, India
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“Without I write, I would remain dumb!”
(52) By Denis Barter, Canada
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“Memorial for Bob Macchia”
(53) By The Musketeers, UK (& France)
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“Seize not my Treasure from Me, because I'm far too Great to Crawl at your Feet”
(54) By Rufus Brughs, Nigeria
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“Out of wreckage and destruction, springs a welcome sprig of hope”
(55) By Christine Shaw, UK
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“With pen in hand, my thoughts I give”
(56) By Betty Janko, USA
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"My page is a canvas, and my pen is a brush, as I paint with words a portrait of us...”
(57) By Elizabeth Trondsen, Canada
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"The ‘Mary Anne Shovlin’ Memorial Challenge”
(58) By The Musketeers, UK (& France)
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"Light a candle, make a prayer for the lost souls; ......................"
(59) by Peninnah ng'ang'a, Kenya
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"We all are victims and victors of our decisions, still if I could wish...."
(60) by Edorh Edeyinkor Sunday, Nigeria
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"Tis the Season, Let us be kind to one another" - Bah Humbug!
(61) by Dawn Horner, USA
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“Did I say that's how we first met; probably not!”
(62) by Sucheta Dutta, India
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“A Working Class Hero is Something to Be"
(63) by William Willis, Scotland
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“Is Too Much Knowledge A Dangerous Thing?"
(64) by Tobias Kerins, UK
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“The Narrator for the Spaces in between”
(65) by Dale Costello, Australia
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“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it" & "Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what happened."
(66) by Nishu Mathur, India
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“...in your room of gentle love, on that delicate round table of your kindness…"
(67) by Conrad Kruger van den Bergh, South Africa
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“I walk like I’ve got oil wells, pumping in my living room’’
(68) by Raghunandan Ram, India
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"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on”
(69) by Nancy Crossland, USA
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"WHAT MAKES A POET SING”
(70) by John Starks, USA
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"'The inner child' (its influence on our past, present and future)
(71) by Susanne Rowell, Germany
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"What happened, to the ‘Last Straw’ that broke the Camel’s back”
(72) by Kenneth Clark, UK
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"Christmas Dreams"
(73) by Anna Banasiak, POLAND
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“A solitary figure standing at the Shore" / “Things my Father told me”
(74) by Denis Barter, CANADA
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“Yes, these are my treasures beyond compare”
(75) by Betty Janko, USA
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“Laugh and the World Laughs with You"
(76) by Pauline Miller, UK
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I don’t know much, but I know ‘I Love You’
(77) by Rita Singh, INDIA
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"On The Sand Of Time, I Place My Print."
(78) by Rufus Brughs, NIGERIA
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“..for/and only a strong woman knows, how to let go of her problems…”
(79) by Conrad Kruger van den Bergh (SOUTH AFRICA)
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"Happy To Be Born Human – For The Love Of God And Man !’
(80) Drsudarsan Damodar Prasad (INDIA)
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