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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: Fly Through A Rainbow
By susan woolen
09/12/10


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The tiny white bird flew through the middle of the rainbow - red, green, yellow, purple-spread across a soft blue sky. As the little bird floated on by, the rainbow colors drifted onto his long tail and he chirped. His head remained white but now his feathers were as colorful as the rainbow itself. His yellow beak curved into a smile as he continued his journey across the sky.

Though the little rainbow bird was merely a bright picture painted on white poster board, I loved it and the message printed near the bottom, “Believe in you and you’ll come through with flying colors.” I hung the poster on the door to my workshop where it spoke to my heart every time I looked at it. How I needed to be reminded of that message! How many times had I not followed through with a goal - lose more weight, finish a project around the house, write a story - because I lost belief and faith in myself and floundered. I wished I could fly through a rainbow, especially the one that appears after a particularly hard storm.

Then a dear friend, who was struggling with a life threatening illness but still had a great faith in life, gave me a tiny, heart-shaped prism which I hung in my kitchen window between the white curtains. Everyday when the sun came up and shined through that little heart, several, miniature rainbows, the size of a dime, emerged and danced on the white walls and even on the kitchen table. I caught my breathe when I touched one of the sunny rainbows and the beautiful colors moved onto my fingers. I felt a tiny stirring of hope deep in my soul. God was sending gentle, colorful reminders to believe in myself and in Him.


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Emily Gillilan09/16/10
Thank you. I really like this piece. I love the colors in it. I wonder if you could expand the first part as a full story about the bird, only a real bird. That might be really neat!
Nancy Sullivan 09/16/10
The title drew me to your piece. So poetic and beautiful. A soft way to challenge each one who reads it. Great job!
Sarah Heywood09/16/10
Your title sounds like it ought to have a song to go with it - very pretty!

I enjoyed this and could picture the tiny little rainbows dancing in your kitchen as the sun caught your hanging prism.

Nice work!
AnneRene' Capp 09/16/10
Again...Emily's idea is great and I had the same thought. A fantasy with this little white bird. :)
The MC's friend was truly inspirational during her time of great trial...so definitely a good message of never giving up. Really like how you used the delightful descriptions of colors throughout.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/17/10
This is beautiful. You really touched my heart. I understand being afraid to hope, to live. Great job.
Christina Banks 09/20/10
I love that this bird, and the message that accompanied it, was an inspiration to your MC. We all need something to inspire us.