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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Green (10/22/09)

TITLE: Hope
By Cindy Moore
10/27/09


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The green hillside turned red that day as wailing echoed through the hills. Crimson rivers flowed on the trampled ground and burned into the soil laying it desolate. Despair hung in the air, scorching everything in its path. With His last breath the veil of hope was torn in two.

The earth cried out in painful sobs, crumbling boulders as it shook. Fear swept through the land as day turned into night. The stained earth blanketed in darkness hiding the ugly truth below. Chaos grew as the reality set in, the enemy had won. The rough cross stood alone bearing the painful memories of a life lost and a savior gone.

The sun did rise again in the gray sky, yet the green grass was gone. It was a time of rest, a time to mourn a good friend. The sunís rays warmed the blood stained earth and stench screamed with injustice. Pain ran through the heart of those who knew His love.

At night, a healing rain trickled down from the heavens, washing away the crimson stains. A sweet breeze held His breath, announcing His return. The old worn cross was encircled with new life. Green plants sprung up on the hillside, once trampled with despair.

Hope peeked out of the brown earth and stretched towards the heavens. Birds sang lullabies as they soared through the sky on the wings of angels. On the moss covered stone he sat, waiting to give the good news. New life had come, green pastures had arrived. Jesus had risen!


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Charla Diehl 10/29/09
You said so much in so few words. Lots of strong imagery in your choice of phrases--especially in the opening paragraph. Good work.
Ruth Brown 10/29/09
Death to bring life- What a concept. Very well done.
Patricia Protzman10/29/09
Very well written.
Mary McLeary10/30/09
This is a strong piece that moved me. I wonder if you could try putting it into poetry form.
Mark Bell11/01/09
i like the poetry idea. this had that kind of feel. but i really enjoyed it in this style. you created some very powerful images.
Colin Swann11/02/09
What a lovely piece. Loved it! Thanks for sharing. Colin
Kate Oliver Webb11/02/09
I have to echo the comments above, and add my thanks for sharing this. Very well-written, very moving. Imagery was so good, I held my breath waiting for the resurrection.
~Kate
Jan Ackerson 11/04/09
Quite lovely--I can see this as a narration over a powerpoint with beautiful and stark images.