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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Park (10/25/12)

TITLE: He Still Reigns
By Margo McKenzie
10/30/12


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There they had it all:
lush, green grass,
trees of every sort,
for shade and sustenance,
trees that bore fruit in season
with branches majestic against a perfectly blue sky.

There they cultivated plants for beauty
and food.
Every root needed for the body was there,
every seedling needed for the soul.

There, high arching trees, shelter from a burning sun
or umbrella against teeming rain,
where they wed and worshipped,
a place for re- and pro-creation.

The very first family bathed in its splendor,
basked in the warmth of its summer sun,
marveled at the changing colors of a fallen leaf,
allowed themselves to be intoxicated by the scent of the cedar
or satisfied with the tarty-sweet of the pomegranate,
seasoned food and faith with the mustard seed.

This place was perfectly laid.
Its architect and maker was God.

With mere utterances, He established the quintessential park
and placed His rangers in it as managers-
until they chose the forbidden.

Since then, many parks have been established to recapture the essence of the first.
Many have tried to copy His design.

So we glimpse the creativity of God in flora, some essence of His glory in fauna.
sense the shadow of His majesty in a tree and find the peace of God in serenity.

A tabernacle of sorts
This sanctuary of plants and wildlife has become
a refuge for the soul,
a retreat,
to feel, smell, hear, taste and see
the love, truth, and mercy of the Almighty.

He still reigns,
Hallelujah.
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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/02/12
This is a lovely piece. I sense immediately that it was about the garden of Eden and was eager to keep reading.

The only line I stumbled over was this: a place for re- and pro-creation
I think I stumbled because I pronounce it the way it was written and the re-creation didn't sound right to my ears (but that could be my accent or lack of one :))

I also liked how you characterized the garden as the very first park. I think it was quite clever. I haven't read too many stories yet so I'm not sure if several will take that idea or if you will be unique but I know it wasn't one of the first things that popped into my head. It truly is a work of art.
Marie Hearty 11/02/12
Nice poem. I like how you mentioned how they were wed there... Adam and Eve- the only two people to be married by God. That would have been amazing.

God bless!
Sandra Wells11/03/12
The most glorious park in all the world would pale greatly if we could see what you wrote about, God's perfect garden. And yes, they had it all until they chose....
You really grabbed me with this image.
Karen Pourbabaee 11/03/12
Beautifully flowing poem & I liked your unique approach to the topic...this piece displays real talent!