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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)

TITLE: Rainbow of Beauty
By Michelle Burkhardt


A perfectly arched rainbow stretched across the sky. Mary pulled over to appreciate the beauty of the incredible phenomenon. Her thoughts traveled back in time, to a place when she felt as glorious as that rainbow. When male admirers expressed to her that her beauty was handcrafted with strokes of radiance. Wherever she went, the door was held open, her dance card filled, and her drinks fetched. How many proposals had she had? Ah! Yes, 20, if you count Bill Paterson’s 3.

Gazing up at those vibrant colors, Mary grabbed a piece of paper from the glove compartment. She jotted down the short poem that started to unravel in her head:


Red is for those juicy lips that make you forget your name.
Orange is for those lightly, blushed cheeks that sit at each end of her smile.
Yellow is for the bright, sunshine that reflects off her golden locks.
Green is for all women that are filled with envy as she walks on by.
Blue is for all the men that feel the sting of her rejection.
Indigo is for the vibrant, flowers flowing in her hair.
Violet is for those brilliant eyes that can take your breath away.

The colors of the rainbow are used to describe the beauty of the youthful girl she once was. Mary laughed as she realized the connection between her beauty and the rainbow. The purpose of the rainbow was to seal God’s promise to Noah that he would never cover the Earth again with a flood; however, just as a rainbow fades, so, does a young girl’s beauty. Yet, our God promises to never leave or forsake us; therefore; he gives us an inner beauty that last a lifetime. Mary learned how to trust the Lord to not make her purpose in life revolve around her external beauty. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)

Mary bowed her head and praised her Lord for revealing that purpose over 40 years ago. She met Sam, her late husband, while working at the General Care Hospital. Sam was called in to consult and work with patients that had tragically lost their eyesight, just as he had. Sam was unable to see Mary’s outer beauty and still, he fell in love with the sweet girl inside her. People often wondered why Mary was with Sam, especially, since she could have anyone, rich, handsome, eyesight intact, young or old. Mary knew that God used their relationship to be an example for all of those they came in contact with. Mary believed her purpose in life was to show that beauty is indeed in the eyes of the Beholder, the one Creator that recognizes our beauty and flourishes it.

The rainbow began to fade, so, Mary started her car and tucked the little piece of paper in her pocket. She whispered to Sam, as she often did, “My love, I think on Monday, I will send this poem, like I did the others, to Romantic Cards Ltd., hopefully, they will publish this too.”

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Virginia Gorg06/02/06
Rainbows are spectacular - you wove a well-done story into that. Nicely done and good use of words. You probably should spell out the numbers (three instead of 3). Overall, I rate this very high :)
Alfreda Byars06/05/06
I loved your story, it was almost as if I could see the rainbow myself.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/05/06
Loved the poem! Very, very true about the rainbow fading like a woman's beauty! Well written.
Shari Armstrong 06/05/06
A lovely story -good job :)