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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Break (02/06/06)

TITLE: Regeneration
By Gwynn Turner


Oh how lovely I am, so upright and tall
Iím sure that I must be the envy of all.
My grace and my beauty, none can compare
I know that my loveliness truly is rare.

As I sway to the sound of the wind in the trees
I bend and I twirl with the utmost of ease.
Iím lean and Iím tender, my bodyís full length
And yet Iím resilient, a fortress of strength.

Iím sure that The Master has great plans for me
Perhaps He will call me His word to decree.
Or maybe Iíll stay here forever to praise
His wonder and majesty, all of my days.

As I ponder my future, so vivid and bright
I notice that daytime has turned into night.
The wind has grown stronger, the air has grown cold
Instantly, powerfully, fearís taken hold.

The windís strength soon grabs me and pushes me down
Though I fight to stay upright, Iím thrust to the ground.
I donít understand, Iím so strong and so tough
Yet I find that my own strength just isnít enough.

As I lay on the ground, so broken and torn
Iím tired and Iím lonely, defeated, forlorn.
The rain starts to fall, my strength has departed
I yield to the earth where this life of mine started.

The soil all around me soon covers my head
This place I have cherished is now my death bed.
Though I canít understand what The Master has planned
Iíll trust that Iím still in the palm of His hand.

Time seems so endless, I wait in this tomb
But suddenly light from above fills my room.
Warmth through my body begins to increase
My body thrusts upward, seeking release.

Through the soil I reach skyward with joy and delight
A new life is rising from the dark of the night.
Into sunshine I burst from the earth where Iíve lain
A new shaft of wheat, a new head of grain.

As I look to my left and I look to my right
I find I can hardly contain my delight.
For I see on this day that Iím not all alone
A full field of new wheat now calls this its home.

I suddenly realize I had to be broken
The Master had known that my life was a token.
In oneness I only considered myself
But in death I produced an abundance of wealth.

My fruit He desired to be shared with mankind
Thus my life had to end so that His light could shine.
The breaking was painful, the self-death so chilling,
But oh to be used for His Kingdom, how thrilling!

ďMost assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.Ē (John 12:24, NKJV)

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Lynda Schultz 02/13/06
I'm no expert on poetry, but personally I think this is wonderful. A beautiful picture of a marvellous truth. Thank you.
Jessica Schmit02/14/06
I echo the above comment, I know nothing about poetry, but this was great. I loved the anaolgy, the passion and the truth packed into an easy to read poem. I think this one has a shot of placing. Good job!
Vic Grace02/14/06
I really liked this piece. I envy your talent with poetry. It has a natural flow and a wonderful message. Very good
Mary Alice Bowles02/15/06
I'm no expert on poetry either, but poetry is my favorite writing. All I see in this poem is beauty of the best kind.
Congratulations, this is truely a Master piece.
Nina Phillips02/15/06
I love poetry, and although no expert..I know what I understand, and how easy this one flowed from verse to verse so grand. Wonderful message, bravo! Well done. God bless ya, littlelight
Shelly Robinson02/17/06
This was an absolute delight to read! The personification captured the scripture with brilliance. Great Job!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/19/06
As a published Poet myself, I know how difficult it is to keep the rhythm flowing, and yet to keep on track with the message and make sense; and you did it all! A fantastic job! Well done! Can't wait to find out who this great Poet is! Kudos!
Linda Watson Owen02/21/06
Gwynn, this poem is wonderful! You've kept the beautiful flow and imagery consistent throughout your stanzas, making it a sheer delight! Congratulations on your well deserved recognition!!