The Musketeers Inspirational Challenge (Baton Change Notice) #96

a writing by Richard Gildea

(Please note this is not a VN sponsored event)

Hello Everyone,
It is that time again when 'The Musketeers' extend both their thanks and undying gratitude to our Man from "The Land of Enchantment" (as New Mexico is known) our good friend Mr Chad Martinez.
(how could he not be a Poet coming from such a place):)
We applaud Chad for a most splendid tenure whilst carrying the Baton for the 95th Challenge.

His chosen title - “The Christmas Craze" - inspired some VN members (by way of submission) to indulge in a "Bah Humbug" approach to the Festive Season, but (we are pleased to say) with many more embracing the 'Christmas Spirit' by way of reply.

The fresh impetus provided by a new 'Runner' has always encouraged our VN Family to reach for their quills and so it has proved once again.
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The 'Baton' now wings its way back o'er the pond to the UK, where it will be picked up by yours truly (Don't laugh).
Although perhaps not in the best of condition to embark on a 'Run' (having fallen from my horse recently) - I will not be alone; my Noble Brother - Athos 'Mc Musk' of the Clan Willis - has very kindly offered his sword arm (in assistance) for the duration.
We therefore accept the Baton for the '96th Musketeers Inspirational Challenge' on behalf of 'Her Majesty the Queen' (Gawd Bless Her).

Although known more as a Philosopher, the Man who has inspired my Muse (by way of a title) was also a Poet of some renown in his own time.
I therefore give you Plato's "Every heart sings a song incomplete, until............."
(Plato - approx 428 BC - 348 BC).

It only remains for us Musketeers to wish a very Happy New Year to all who have ever picked up a quill.

Please note the 96th Challenge commences on the 7th Jan 2019 !!!!!!!!!
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Regards from the Musketeers,
Keith, William, Richard & Edwin (Porthos, Athos, Aramis & d’Artagnan)
“Men at Arms” to our Liege Lord, Sir Roy “AFOAOFA”

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.

Remember it’s "Just for fun"

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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 Drsudarsan Damodar 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 Malvyn 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 'Sands of Time' I place my print"
(78) by Rufus Brughs, Nigeria
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"For only a strong Woman knows how to let go of her problems"
(79) by Conrad van den Bergh, South Africa
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"Happy to be born a Human, for the love of God and Man"
(80) by Drsudarsan Damodar Prasad, India
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A Memorial Challenge for Marie Josephine Smith R.I.P.
(81) by The Musketeers, UK (& France)
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"The Life so short, the Crafts so long to Learn "
(82) by Kenneth Malvyn Clark, UK
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"When you give happiness, you receive happiness / I thank God, He gifted me to you."
(83) by Mobani Biswas, India
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"Three things cannot be hidden for long: The Sun, the Moon and the Truth."
(84) by Drsudarsan Damodar Prasad, India
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"Triumphs and or Tragedies........................................."
(85) by Adam Archer, Australia
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"The Rhythm of Life"
(86) by John Starks, USA
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A 'Memorial Challenge' to Honour the Life of Jeff (JJ) Humphrey R.I.P.
(87) by The Musketeers, UK & France
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"My beloved one, who offered me his/her hands"
(88) by Roche Igot Rosos, Philippines
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“A cherished memory I would share with you”
(89) by Denis Barter, Canada.
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"One Of Life's Greatest Gifts"
(90) by Roy Douglas Kneale. UK.
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"Let My Pen Write of the Dreams I Hold Dear!” as a beginning title.
(91) by Betty Janko. USA.
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"Love And The Universal Karma"
(92) by Pat Kelbaugh, USA
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"I too have become a Poet at heart, 'cause I hear the love's first sweet notes!"
(93) by Drsudarsan Damodar Prasad, India
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"To Succeed In Life, you need three things. a Wishbone, a Backbone and a Funnybone"
(94) by S.zaynub Kamoonpuri, Tanzania
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"The Christmas Craze"
(95) by Chad Martinez, USA
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(Please note this is not a VN sponsored event)

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