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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Rich (04/26/12)

TITLE: Seventy Times Seven in the Valley of Singing Bones
By Nancy Bucca
~5th Place


One miniscule speck of light,
Faith sparked by love, an awesome sight,
Draws fragrant waves of untold grace
Throughout the void of empty space

A symphony of righteous sound
Flows in, up, over, all around
To pack each gap of poverty
With notes of generosity

Come listen to that curious chiming,
Dinging, ringing, rollicking, rhyming,
Splashing tunes of mercy free
On cartilage starved for charity

Seventy times seven in the valley of singing bones

One well played rib lets loose a stream,
Chords dripping honey, manna's cream,
Whose foaming dew delights the tongue
With bounteous vigor, fresh and young

Ten raised phalanges sow faith's seed,
Through hands that more than meet your need
A donkey's jawbone turns the spout
To quench a prophet's desperate drought

Hope's skeleton ignites the fire,
A double portion of desire
To overwhelm hell's gates of strife
And fill its dead with copious life

Seventy times seven in the valley of singing bones

A man once bent now stands upright.
As vision lame receives new sight,
Through ample salve both dear and free,
God's kindness spent so lavishly

How deep the draughts from His fair garden
Pierced to bring abundant pardon!
Giving all, our lack He takes,
Yet not a single bone He breaks

But homeless treks to dearth's own core
To bring back wealth ne'er seen before,
Such buried talents; chests of gold;
For ashes, beauty; jewels untold!

Seventy times seven in the valley of singing bones

Just hear them sing, "Who's like our King,
"Who multiplies each offering,
Returns all goods the enemy stole,
And every fractured limb makes whole?"

"We know no other God," they dance,
"Who gives our joints a second chance!
His vast forgiveness knows no bounds,
But with unfailing joy resounds."

"We're rich!" they sing, "so rich in you
Who live our marrow to renew
With songs that magnify your name
And spread abroad your glorious fame!"

Seventy times seven in the valley of singing bones



fragrant waves of untold grace drawn throughout the void of empty space = a reference to divine light brought forth through divine sound waves (see Genesis 1:3)

One well played rib = like the rib God took from Adam to form Eve (Genesis 2:22)

Ten raised phalanges sow faith's seed, through hands that more than meet your need = the lifting of hands in praise to God results in more than enough provision from His hand

A donkey's jawbone turns the spout to quench the prophet's desperate drought = like the jaw of Balaam's donkey, whose mouth gushed a fountain of wisdom upon Balaam, thus overwhelming his stubborn ignorance (see Numbers 22:28-30)

Hope's skeleton ignites the fire, a double portion of desire = as when the dead man hit Elisha's bones and came to life (see II Kings 13:21); Elisha was the one who desired and received a double portion of Elijah's spirit (see II Kings 2:9-11)

How deep the draughts from His fair garden = how rich the sufferings of Christ as seen in the Garden of Gethsemane (see Matthew 26:36-44)

Seventy times seven = the number of forgiveness (see Matthew 18:21-22), which in Christ has no limit

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C D Swanson 05/05/12
This was such an intense entry, and held a magnificent message overall. Loved it.

Thank you. God Bless~
Mona Purvis05/07/12
The beauty of this as well as the writing skill just blow me away! Exquisite!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/08/12
This has such a lovely flow. I'm delighted you included a key for I often feel that poetry goes over my head and I'm missing something important. I realized many referenced Bible verses and though it may not have been your original intent I realized how rich I am to have access to a Bible and to profound pieces like this.
C D Swanson 05/10/12
Congratulations and God Bless~