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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas (04/25/05)

TITLE: Sonnet of the Wise Men
By Jan Ackerson
04/25/05


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A substance unalloyed—fine gold I bring
To symbolize Your holy purity;
Yet it portends betrayal of a King,
A kiss, a sword, a crown of thorns, a tree.

Here’s frankincense—I leave it at Your feet—
Material born of sun and dew and sod.
Its rising smoke and precious fragrance sweet
Will soon, like You, convey our prayers to God.

And this is myrrh—they’ll use it in Your crypt.
A curious gift for such a tiny child!
But when You have from Your internment slipped
The victory will be yours, and Death reviled.

We kiss Your downy head, Emmanuel,
Our God—now clothed in skin—who with us dwells.


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donna robinson05/02/05
I had never thought before how these gifts that we have read about over and over would transcend into Christ life later. What an excellent sonnet and story within.
Michelle Sabrosky05/02/05
Very beautifly said, thank you for putting those gifts into such a poetic light.
Dixie Phillips 05/08/05
I loved the line.... Our God... now clothed in skin..... Beautiful!
Deborah Porter 05/09/05
Jan, this was indeed beautiful. Unfortunately, it was under the word count minimum and so had to be disqualified. It came in at just 111 words, which is 39 under the minimum word count allowed. I hope you will enter again as you really write quite beautifully. Just keep the word count limits in mind - 150 minimum and 750 maximum. I'm so sorry you missed out this time around. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Jacquelyn Horne08/15/07
This was short, but very impacting. Emotionally charged. Very good.