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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)

TITLE: The Valley and the Mountaintop
By Sandra Petersen
08/14/06


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The valley and the mountaintop
Were talking one fine day.
Sizing up the other’s worth,
They both had much to say.

“Valley, you are lowly,”
The mountaintop did boom,
“And people tend to struggle
Through the shadows of your gloom.”

“It’s true you offer shade and rest
To travelers who wander
Through your forests and by your streams
Where lovers love to saunter.”

“But up here on my mountaintop
The godly seek their Lord.
They bask in all His glory
And their spirits are restored.”

“How can your worth compare with mine?”
The mountaintop did say.
“For here God’s children meet with Him
To worship, sing, and pray.”

What could the valley brag about
When God gave special grace
To those who met Him way up there
Upon that mountain face?

His voice was humble as he spoke,
“They travel far and wide
To have their souls and faith restored
And know He’s by their side.”

“But if they never journeyed through
The valley of despair,
They’d not ascend the heights of joy
Or see how much He cares.”

“They need my gloom to see His light.
They have to climb the slope
That leads up from my forest lands
To everlasting hope.”

“The Master made us both, you see.
Our differences were planned.
The ones up on the mountaintop
Eventually descend.”

“On their travels through my glades,
They witness to the lost
The sweetness of the love they’ve known
And how great was its cost.”

“Those same lost souls will venture forth
To reach up for His grace.
Then they, too, will climb the slopes
To see the Master’s face.”


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Julia May08/18/06
This is good. I loved it. Has a real message too! In Christ's Love,

Julia
Al Boyce08/21/06
Good message and a pretty solid rhyme scheme. Good work.
Brenda Craig08/22/06
Wonderful poem. I love the way you expressed the valley's value. Without them how can we appreciate the mountain. Great Job!
Venice Kichura08/22/06
Very beautiful & thoughtful take on valley vs. mountaintop!
Joanne Sher 08/22/06
Wonderful rhyme and meter, and great images in this piece. I really enjoyed it!
Edy T Johnson 08/23/06
No wonder this is so good. I just checked and this is Masterpiece writing. What a clever composition (reminds me of the fable about the wind and the sun discussing who could get the coat off the man)! I hope this makes the book, for all the world to read the message woven throughout your poem.
Ann FitzHenry08/23/06
This is wonderful! I'm glad the Lord gave you a "nudge" to write this poem. It is beautiful. I hope to see it in the winner's circle!
Edy T Johnson 08/24/06
I called it! You're in the book! Congratulations, Sandra, I am delighted for you.
Karen Treharne08/26/06
Congratulations Sandy. A great comparison of God's blessings to us - dark and light, valley and mountaintop, good and bad ... all are from God for our good - we just have to see it through His eyes to appreciate it. Thank you for the vision and reminder to keep my focus on the Father who gives all things to us for a purpose in love. Great job with the poetry flow.