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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: Of Gifts Divine (a villanelle)
By Sonya Leigh
11/19/08


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A Heart peels back his comfort, loves prisonersí kin,

Seeing yesterdayís sentence despoil homes today,

Knowing by grace we walk lest betrayed by sin.




Behind bars of trouble fortune runs thin.

Yet pillars of Love---thoughtful, and kind crusade

A Heart, peels back his comfort, loves prisonersí kin.




On Christís Day he brings joy and bounteous giving

To a family, minus one, and in pain,

Knowing by grace we walk lest betrayed by sin.




A young girl accepts his surrogate gifts, and bonds

Captive-to-daughter like parched-fields-to-rain;

A heart peels back his comfort, loves prisonerís kin.




Of care, of time, of thoughts divine and wide grins,

Here finds no match in worldly purpose so plain,

Knowing by grace we walk lest betrayed by sin.




Who can unite two disparate, concentric rings,

Free and Immured? But Godís Spirit for such retains

A heart, peels back HIS comfort, loves prisonersí kin,

Knowing by grace we walk, lest betrayed by sin.


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Jan Ackerson 11/23/08
Oooooh, I like it! I'm not familiar with this form of poetry, and I'm going to head right out and research it. It's apparent that you're VERY good at it--this is beautiful.
Betty Castleberry11/26/08
I am completely ignorant on this poetry form (as well as most others), but this reads lovely. I like it!
Teresa Lee Rainey11/26/08
I love this. Such beautiful images invoked through your words. What a wonderful gift of grace - waiting for open hearts.
Marijo Phelps11/26/08
Wonderful! Incredible word pictures and verse. Thanks!
Loren T. Lowery11/26/08
The words and thoughts come as soothing waves lapping on the beach. Beautifully expressed.
Catrina Bradley 11/26/08
I know zero about poetry, but I know what I like, and I like this. So Beautiful!!!!!
Deborah Porter 11/27/08
Sonya, I just wanted to let you know that you did very well in the Challenge this week. Even though you didn't quite make it into the winners' circle, you made it into the highest rankings for Level 1, placing 15th for the level.

The competition is always quite intense in Level 1, so well done. Keep up the great writing.

If you would like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can see them here:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=343147

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)