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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Spring (the season) (07/23/09)

TITLE: If I Had the Words....
By Lisa Johnson


If I Had the Words…

Of all the seasons in the year, spring is my favorite season. So, why do I feel like I have brain freeze? Why are my words stuck, as if in a winter ice floe? Why can’t my words push through like a tiny sprout pushes its way through the newly warmed ground, yearning for the spring sun?

I wish I had the words to express how spring revives my “joie de vivre” after a long, cold, dark, dreary winter. My words would sing with joy, like myriads of songbirds, whose anthems are lifted from the earth by the rising of the sun. My words would be as casually prolific as the mockingbird that sits on my windowsill, with his endless repertoire of “odes to spring”.

If I had the words, I would use a floral palette and paint a portrait of spring. Cherry blossom pink. Cornflower blue. These would be the colors I would choose. I would highlight with forsythia yellow and tulip red. Then, I would add a big, bold splash of hyacinth purple, just for fun.

My words would be as entertaining as the new-born mallards swimming in my mother’s “cement pond”.

My words would be as invigorating as a brand-spanking, new colt kicking up his heels in the wild-flower meadow up the road.

My words would be as efficient and effective as the busy, worker bees gathering nectar from spring flowers to make summer’s honey.

My words would be relaxed and content, like a spring day spent fishing off of a creek bank with worms and a cane pole.

My words would be as hypnotizing as the mysterious, musical, rise-and-fall cadence of the cicadas and crickets, just as night falls.

My words would express the awe and gratitude that I feel each spring. Awe at the way the earth is renewed; as the dead of winter is replaced by the new life of spring. Gratitude for the new life God gives us when we believe…spiritual renewal as He lifts us from the death-trap of sin to new life in Him.

If I had the words…

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diana kay07/30/09
well you certainly do have the words! I really like the concept and the descriptions, I think I will read it again to real get the flavour!
Marilyn Schnepp 07/31/09
Loved this! Your entry almost made me change my mind about MY FAVORITE SEASON - and put my favorite Autumn in 2nd place... after your lovely "WORDS" about Spring. That's the sign of a Good Writer! To move a reader to an emotional state of switching sides. Very Beautifully written - and loved your Title. Kudos!
Deborah Caruso08/01/09
You’re words were “not stuck” as you vividly described the songs, activities and colors of Spring. I loved all of the words in this piece.

Brenda Welc08/01/09
You have the words and you arrayed them nicely in this piece! Great writing!
Helen Dowd 08/14/09
A very cleverly constructed article, with the repeated words:"If I had the words..." Well, you did have the words to put your point across. Spring has sprung in your soul and you sing the glad tidings of joy and blessing to all...God bless you...Helen