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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Cross (as in the Cross of Christ) (08/17/06)

TITLE: What, little tree, will you be?
By Melanie Kerr


Little tree, little tree
What will you be
When you grow tall
No longer small?
What, little tree, will you be?

Iíll be a crib
For the Saviour child
The holy babe
So meek and mild
Iíll rock Him gently
Through the night
Beneath the moon
While stars shine bright
Thatís what this little tree
Will be!

Little tree, little tree
What will you be
When you grow tall
No longer small?
What, little tree, will you be?

With billowing sails
Iíll be a great ship
On a flurry of waves
I will rise and dip
And the Saviour
Will sleep
As I bear him along
Sturdy and strong
Upon the ocean deep
When winds start to toss
And clouds march across
The blue sky
Will I shake him
And wake him?
Others will, not I
He will raise up his arm
And the storm will calm
At his powerful word
In awe men will quiver
And demons will shiver
At what they have seen and heard
Thatís what this little tree
Will be!

Little tree, little tree
What will you be
When you grow tall
No longer small?
What, little tree, will you be?

Thereíll come a day
So dark and grey
Iíll lift him up high
As they watch him die
Mankind so cruel
To fashion a tool
Like this cross
As they hammer a nail
Through flesh soft and frail
They feel no loss
No regret and no shame
Not caring, or knowing
His crimson blood flowing
Heís bearing their shame
They witness his cry
ďAbandoned am I!
And darkness steals over the sky
Godís face turns away
On that evil day
Then He hears his Son say
ďIt is finishedĒ
Then falls his Sonís head
The Saviour is dead
And sin, the foul curse, melts away
Thatís what this little tree
Will be!

Little tree, little tree
Do not weep or mourn
On the day the Son rises
All creationĎs reborn
Now hold we our breath
And eagerly wait
For His glorious victory
So awesome and great.

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Teri Wilson08/24/06
I LOVE this. Wonderful!!!! Great take on the topic. Fabulous job.
Rita Garcia08/24/06
This is wonderful! I love the title! Inspiration at it highest!!
Jan Ackerson 08/25/06
I've always loved this folk tale--used to read a children's book of it to my daughters. Thanks for reminding me, with your own lovely version in poetry!
Amy Nicholson08/25/06
Beautifully done! Sounds like a song. Where's my banjo?
Beth Muehlhausen08/28/06
Nice poetic rendition...this feels familiar, although I can't remember exactly where I heard a similar prose version. Enjoyed the pace and cadence as well as the message. :-)
Trina Courtenay08/28/06
Click add to my favorites and then type, "AWESOME ARTICLE WELL WRITTEN!" This should be submitted into a children's mag.
Jan Ross08/28/06
Incredibly masterful! I love the simplistic approach to such a deep topic. You are truly a master ... awesome!!!! :)
Virginia Gorg08/28/06
Good question for a tree. I like the flow of this and the message is well received.
Joanne Sher 08/29/06
Beautiful and sweet - this begs to be illustrated and shared with children. So lovely!
Venice Kichura08/29/06
Very creative and touches the heart! Excellent writing!
Kevin Kindrick08/29/06
I've never looked at the role all of creation played in the crucifixion of Christ before. Your story - this entire theme - has been truly enlightening. Thanks for sharing.

God bless,

Lynda Lee Schab 08/30/06
This definitely reads like a children's book - I can envision the illustrations to go with the text. I would try submitting it somewhere for publication. Creative take on topic. Well done!
Rachel Rudd 08/31/06
Congratulations! This poem is excellent! Sweet and simple, yet profound.
Allison Egley 08/31/06
I love this story, and I loved your version of it! Congratulations on a well deserved win!
Birdie Courtright08/31/06
Great job! Congratulations! May I join the resounding echo of 'this should be a children's book'? Wonderful!
Bonnie Derksen08/31/06
Congratulations, Melanie, on your well deserved win. Beautiful, creative writing. Well done.
Val Clark09/01/06
Congratualtions! Although I'm familiar with the children's picture book your unique take on it drove me to keep reading through to the end. yeggy
Karen Treharne09/05/06
Well done, Melanie. A tribute to our Lord uniquely crafted. Congratulations for blessing us with your words of love and hope.