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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Life (06/15/06)

TITLE: Surrendered to Red
By Brenda Craig
06/19/06


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Scene I

"In the Beginning"

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Pondering, contemplating
void and empty spaces,
with a plan to change, reform.
He hovers, speaking,
injecting sound.
Darkness succumbs to light.
Days times seven released;
it is good.

Companionship is born in the garden;
manifesting a longing, birthing a promise.

Woven lies and deceit perpetrate,
leaving fallen grace with fig leaves adorning.
Where art thou?
Sound is mute.
Oh, to be forsaken Eden.
Death and sin encroaches.
First blood
is shed.

Companionship is broken in the garden,
calling for a new promise.

Offering rejected.
Spilt blood crying.
Banishment gives way to multiplication;
meanwhile man plunges into ruin,
then
one pleases, privileged to build an
ark of deliverance.
Floods come and a dove flies,

Companionship is rewarded outside the garden,
waiting for the promise.

Towers built,
languages muddle, people scatter;
then,
a covenant is instituted.
Promises of sand and stars are given
as faith produces from a womb reborn,
a child of sacrifice,
a son of promise
tested in faith as thickets
reveal
a ram captured.
Glory glimpses through.

Companionship intervenes outside the garden,
waiting for the promise.

Isaac, and Jacob prevail
then,
a child is saved, raised in royalty.
Murder and banishment escort dignity.
Arrogance shatters,
bowing
before a burning bush
and mountains speaking.
A deliverer comes
out of bondage
through swelling seas.

Companionship of intimacy makes a way,
waiting for the promise.

Scene II

"Through The Years"

******************



In Jericho
hangs a scarlet thread
of promised restoration
in a painful garden
where blood sweats
tears
birthed in humility.

Companionship longing, groaning for the day,
waiting for the promise

A people clamor
and a man is chosen
for an earthly throne;
then,
a king anointed loses his way.
Covenant is broken, pride infringes.

Companionship disregarded leads to death,
neglecting the promise.

A new king, after His heart
is now enthroned;
then,
with enemies defeated,
lineage kept, the plan continues.
God’s house is built.
Prophets proclaim
a broken lamb to come.

Companionship restored is the goal,
waiting for the promise.

Zechariah speaks
revelations,
declaring times
and days ahead,
a coming king of deliverance,
a shepherd Savior;
then,
Romans rule.

Companionship so close, is whispering-soon,
waiting for the promise.

Scene III

"Restoration"

***********



A virgin hears
with heart pondering,
embracing,
conceiving,
birthing,
protecting,
hiding.

Companionship is now birthed
from the womb of promise.

Wisdom comes astounding.
A child teaching
perfect, sinless,
patiently waiting,
comes of age;
then,
He joins a wedding feast.
A new beginning
as water
turns
to wine.

Companionship restoring, new life pouring
from the womb of promise.

His mouth of wisdom speaks
revelatory truth;
then,
the lame walk,
the bind see,
the dead are raised
while scorn
births
betrayal.

Companionship is bruised while His enemies
laugh,
mocking the promise.

Darkness intrudes,
stifling the light
as blood pours
and pain walks brutal.
Blows slash deadly.
Penetrating nails cry,
“Forsaken!”
Love
lies
bleeding.

Companionship briefly obscured by a cross,
agonizing over the promise.

The earth quaked.
The dead walked as night loomed ominous,
waiting for the light.
A tomb, by stone encapsulated,
with soldiers guarding,
women weeping, now conquered.
Succumbing.
Radiant glory penetrated.
Keys taken.
Hell, death, and the grave’s
sting defeated;
surrendered
to
RED...

Companionship is reinstated.

Plan administered

Promise restored.

Garden redeemed.

Resurrection-

then,

eternal

LIFE!


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Shari Armstrong 06/23/06
Wow! You packed EVERYTHING in a small space. This is great!
Maxx .06/26/06
This is very well written and has great depth! Glad I stumbled across it! Great work! :-)
Dr. Sharon Schuetz06/26/06
Good job. A joy to read.
Trina Courtenay06/27/06
Wow, wow, wow! This is awesome. On small typo in the the 3rd para...blind. I only bring up typos cause I wouldn't want you to submit for publishing with it.

Blessings & Keep up writing for the glory of HIM.

Trina<><
Helen Paynter06/29/06
Very well done indeed. It's a real achievement to get into EC, even more so to get #1 spot, and to do that from Level 1... congratulations, on a very well deserved win.
Gail Blackwell06/29/06
I agree -- wow, wow, wow! Brilliantly written! I love the companionship and the promise woven throughout. God always keeps His promises. Congratulations!
Trina Courtenay06/29/06
Way to go Brenda! First place! Awesome. Now you can do the happy dance. I'll dance with you.

Trina<><
Trina Courtenay06/29/06
Brenda, I checked on the winners for beginner's then I went to see if some of my favorites made it in the editor's choice. WOW, WOW, WOW! 1st place EC...2 more wins and you'll be a master! I'm really shakin my booty now, you must just be thrilled to pieces!

Trina<><
Garnet Miller 06/29/06
Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Did I say "Awesome"? I could see everything you were describing. This piece shows an incredible grasp of poetry and all of its nuances. Very well done and a well deserved win.
Rita Garcia06/29/06
Congratulations on your EC award. Fantastic writing.
Pat Guy 06/29/06
Awesome Brenda! One so deserving of its place! Congratulations!
Sherry Wendling06/29/06
Congratulations, Brenda! A marvelous feat of craftsmanship--so expansive, ringing with His heartbeat. There aren't words.
Helen Paynter06/29/06
And I spotted ya first :)
Very many congratulations. Fantasic piece.
Venice Kichura06/29/06
CONGRATULATIONS!!
You're an excellent writer.
Jan Ross06/29/06
Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations! :)
Birdie Courtright06/29/06
Congratulations! What a breath taking read and a well deserved win. Awesome!
Carla Feagans06/29/06
Wow! Now I can see why this is #1 EC.

Incredible. Amazing. Breathtaking.

Who would have even thought this could be done, in only 543 words!

Brilliant job, congratulations on your very well-deserved win!
Lisa Vest06/30/06
Brenda, It's like I said last week...what in the world are you doing in beginners?

Congratulations on your well deserved win! This poem is truly a work of art and evidence of the wonderful gift God has placed in you. Thank you for sharing your gift. God Bless!
terri tiffany07/03/06
This was terific! Wow..I'm glad I finally got over here to read this! You built this perfectly!!
Karen Treharne07/04/06
Dear Brenda: Wow! This is superbly written and worthy of first place. Congratulations and thanks for a wonderful read. I hated to see it come to an end and read it over again because it was so filling to my spirit. God bless you in your writing to His glory. I agree that you should immediately move yourself out of beginner to another level. Love in His name, Karen