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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Tree (10/09/08)

TITLE: Indeed a tree
By gayle jackson
10/12/08


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America; express the faith. Christmas Trees everywhere; tis the sadness of the season. Our world is hurting. The trees and writing about them; just another reality check.

Sure I'll put a tree up, like every year, but what about the millions suffering with out food; let alone a tree? Christmas and the celebrating adds to my depression.

So would you like to read a cheesy story about a meaningful Christmas tree? Every year it gets harder and harder. This is Christmas?

This is what God wants? This is faith at work? Would they understand if we didn't get a tree?

The pine tree and all it's varieties are plentiful in my state. We usually go to a farm and cut a fresh evergreen to adorn our home. A family tradition.

If I could be something other than who I am, I would be a tree. Tall and strong, branches facing up, sun and sky above. No worries, no brain, nothing to do but grow, stand, dwell, shade, and raise my arms to the creator.

As an evergreen, I would wait to be cut with anticipation. Where would I go? Would I be the tree with all the mittens?

Maybe I'd be home for the holidays? Would it be happy and rich, or sad and poor? Would I be all alone in the lot? The one that no one bought?

evergreen
all seen

cut down
drag home

decorate
donate

some won't
more don't

kiss up
not enough

Jesus
stop us

so fake
to late

indeed
a tree


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Judith Gayle Smith10/16/08
Most unique prose. And poignant. Thank you.
Marlene Austin10/20/08
Your piece has many conflicting statements, making it seem that your emotional bondage overrides your writing ability. An example: you state that you would want to be a tree, one of the reasons being that it has no brains; but, then, you state that as a tree you would wait with anticipation - wondering answers to numerous questions. Couldn't do that with no brain.

Somber writings such as this leave me asking: "Why do some think it so noble to rob themselves of the joy of celebrating the Savior's birth?"
gayle jackson10/21/08
Somber, or abstract writing usually makes a point. World population; 6.7 billion, Christians; 2 billion. How many will celebrate with out a tree, gifts, health, family, joy, or maybe a pair of mittens?