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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: This Side of Paradise (not about the book) (07/14/11)

TITLE: This Side of Paradise (ii)
By Ryan Done
07/20/11


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There is a field over there. It lies amidst a radiant and shining landscape, under skies where the Seraphim leave illuminated contrails in the rare atmosphere. From the time before time the field has sat in latent anticipation under the myriad eyes of Godís burning host. The plot is a naked canvas waiting for the first bold stroke of the Artistís brush. It lies bare and unashamed in the same open joy, the same clear expectation our ancient parents felt in the garden God planted before our stain.

These two worlds mingle, heaven and earth, as both are truly His. When knees are bent and when praise rings forth, these worlds touch. When babies are born or when mortality stretches thin, these worlds kiss. When swords are drawn and principalities cringe, these worlds collide. When cups of cold water are offered or when the prodigal returns, these worlds embrace.

A glistening hope we have here, purer than virgin snow, more magnificent than the sum of every sunrise on earth, more wonderful than every birdsong sung on every morning on this hazy shore- that is to cultivate that field afar. To step onto the path, to grasp the plow, to feel His marred hand cover yours, to smell the rich black soil as the first inklings of heavenly light breaks out of the clouds. He steps first and you follow.

How sweet was the song that rang forth when He created? How awesome those solemn notes that accompanied the rising of mountains, those airy symphonies that whispered out when he placed wings on the eagle or the trembling silence when He blew gently onto dust and made a man? How much sweeter the song then that testifies to the Second Birth and when the blooms burst forth on that celestial plain?

Over here I learned of Him, there the ground was turned.
Over here I became His, there a seed was planted.
Over here I walked with Him, there the ground was watered.
Over here I lived for Him, there tender shoots broke out.
Over here I was consumed by Him, there blossoms burst forth.


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Juliette Chamberlain-Bond07/24/11
I like the idea that two worlds unite when we truly come into the presence of God, and that we then know something of Paradise.
Your descriptive terms are lofty, beautiful and alluring, like a foretaste of the Paradise to come.
Noel Mitaxa 07/25/11
You have a great sense and expression of imagery - and anticipation. Well done.
diana kay07/26/11
this is a very rich picture and every word rolls around on the tongue to taste and see. almost poetic in its telling and reminds me of my very favorite poet Gerald Manley- Hopkins.
A new title other than the original theme would perfect this almost perfect piece....will it be a winner... well it is one i am going to return to as it is pure gold and rubies.
Linda Goergen07/27/11
Outstanding word artistry than makes you want to linger in the wonder of each scene! Beautifully done! Enjoyed!