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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Example (07/25/13)

TITLE: Nature Speaks
By Kenn Allan
08/01/13
~1st Place


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    Day to day and night to night,
     The earth bears witness to His light
       Without speech or a single word,
       But knowledge seen and overheard
        By hearing ears and seeing eyes
       And souls ascending to be wise
      Of anyone who truly seeks―
     To those who listen,
    Nature speaks.

    A crashing wave, a redwood tree,
   The purple mountains majesty,
  Collapsing glaciers, arctic snows,
 Earthquake faults and volcanos,
Streaking comets, solar flares,
 Tides that catch us unawares,
  Thunderstorms that split the night―
   Oh! Awesome edicts
    Of His might.

    A warthog's face, an aardvark's tongue,
     A beetle rolling balls of dung,
      Fainting goats, a possum's fake,
       A lizard running on a lake,
        Hyenas laughing, sleepy sloths,
       Scolding blue jays, dizzy moths,
      Lobsters marching single file
     Reflect the twinkle
    Of His smile.

    Cherry blossoms, spangled skies,
   Dancing clouds of fireflies,
  A spider's web, a worn cocoon,
 The cresting of an autumn moon,
Drifting snowflakes, shady trees,
 The secret dance of honeybees,
  An empty nest, the human race
   Are all examples
    Of His grace.

     The cricket's song, a butterfly,
      A double rainbow in the sky,
       The Northern Lights, an empty beach,
        The first bite of a juicy peach,
         Lazy rivers, dreams revealed,
        Perfume from a flowered field,
       The gentle cooing of a dove―
      Divine reminders
     Of His love.

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Ellen Carr 08/02/13
This is a lovely poem of how the beauty and wonder of nature reflect God's character. It's uplifting to read this with your wonderful use of rhyme, wording etc. Just one question: Does the shape mean something that I haven't picked up on?
lynn gipson 08/02/13
Full of "examples" of the evidence of God and masterfully written. I don't know how you do it. Your poems always make me smile.

Blessings, Lynn
Kenn Allan08/02/13
Thank you both for the lovely comments. Ellen: Yes, there is a significance to the formatting... sorta. I view creation as a flowing thing, so when I finished this poem the hard lines looked too rigid for the content. I matched 'em.
Vince Martella08/03/13
I'm no judge of poetry, but anyone who can weave "mountains majesty" and "balls of dung" as effortlessly and naturally as you did has my respect! Beautifully done, and the formatting was a nice touch as well.
Linda Goergen08/03/13
I have always wondered how anyone could look at the wonder of mankind and nature, and not believe in God. You have just emphasized that thought in this wonderfully woven poem. Beautifully on topic with all the examples of Godís handiwork! Great job!
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/05/13
This was breathtaking in its entirety, and in its approach of the topic at hand. It touched my heart.

Thank you!

God bless~
Bea Edwards 08/05/13
Simply stupendous~You are a master craftsman Kenn Allen!
Bea Edwards 08/05/13
oops Mr. Allan~ sorry
Danielle King 08/06/13
This whole piece is exquisite. I loved every word of it and the formatting was the finishing touch. It was like gentle ripples on a lake and added a soothing atmosphere to your beautiful words.
Danielle King 08/08/13
I knew this one was a winner. Congratulations. Well deserved.
Nancy Bucca08/08/13
Wow, this is great. You've included quite a number of examples of God's love here. Very creative. Congrats on your 1st place EC!
Bea Edwards 08/08/13
Congratulations on your EC win with another spectacular prose. How do you do it?
Linda Goergen08/08/13
CONGRATULATIONS on your win Kenn! So deserving of the first place win! I loved this when I read it and suspected it would be a winner!
Camille (C D) Swanson 08/08/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Noel Mitaxa 08/08/13
You have let your imagination (and ours) soar on the back of the intro to Psalm 19 so beautifully. Congratulations on your win.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/08/13
Gorgeous poem, Ken! I've been busy completing my next book, but I had to drop in to read this one and to congratulate you on EC.
Ellen Carr 08/08/13
Congratulations on coming 1st - a well-deserved win. And, thanks for explaining the shape idea which makes sense and was a great addition to the lovely poem.
Francy Judge 08/08/13
Congratulations on first place! Your beautiful word choices written in perfect rhythm were a joy to read. Great examples of God's creation!
Charla Diehl 08/09/13
Wonderfully crafted in all aspects--wording, rhyme, rhythm, content, visually beautiful--and so of course you deserve the honor of first place on EC and the Master lists. I am never disappointed when I read poems you've penned. You are a gifted writer/poet.
Margaret Kearley 08/14/13
Just absolutely beautiful - reminders of Him, through numerous aspects of Hs Creation - and all described in such wonderful verse. So great to read and to think on - thankyou.
Beth LaBuff 08/14/13
Beautiful descriptions with tangible imagery! Congrats on 1st place EC, Kenn!
Allison Egley 07/06/14
This is wonderful! Of course, I'd expect nothing less from the one and only Kenn Allen.

Congrats on 3rd place in BoB this year!
Kon Michailidis07/10/14
Thank you to the judges of the best of year! You gave me the opportunity to read this glorious poem again and to gladden my heart with God's love. Thank you to Kenn Allan again for showing us the love and beauty of the Lord in creation. Love and Beauty can only be reflected in love and beauty, and this poem has both.