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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: This...
By Melanie Kerr
02/15/07


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This…
My ultimate creative miracle
So unlike what has gone before
All else was just the frame

This…
Is not spoken into being
Commanded to be
By a single potent word

This…
Is no huge expanse
No firmament above the waters
No separation of water and sky

This…
Is not a mountain or a valley
Robed in swaying grasses
Clothed in forests of mighty oaks

This…
Is no flaming sun
Glorious in heat and radiance
Or cold and remote like the moon

This…
Is no eagle soaring on high
No sparrow skipping on a sun speckled branch
And nothing that twists and turns in the dark waters

This…
Is not a beast
Lumbering and clambering
Empty of soul

This…
I have held in my hand
Clay from the ground
Fashioned and crafted

This
I have breathed upon
Touched by my Spirit
Ignited and stirred to life

This…
Vessel of My image
In his being
I see Myself

This
Fragile bone and flesh
Small in the immensity of the universe
Endowed with significance

This…
Free to choose
To love or reject
To draw near or to walk away

This…
Is man

This…
I love


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Joanne Malley02/16/07
I like the style and repetitive format. Great job! Jo
Pat Guy 02/16/07
I wanted to do this theme sooo bad but I felt many others would too - YOU excelled in what I couldn't hold a candle to.

Excellent work, beautiful art.
Mariane Holbrook02/17/07
The repetition was perfect for this. And at the last line, I nearly broke into tears. How beautiful!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/17/07
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully crafted poem. Thanks!
Tiffany Secula02/18/07
This is remarkable, so touching and wonderful!
Marilyn Schnepp 02/19/07
Utterly fantastic!
Joanne Sher 02/19/07
The repetition is extremely effective, and this is absolutely masterfully done. Bravo.
Myrna Noyes02/21/07
Very well-written verses that paint a lovely picture of creation and God's only truly handcrafted piece--man!
Kathie Thomas02/21/07
I'd not thought of it that way before - man being hand-crafted. But that is so true and what a wonderful way to depict it.
Jan Ackerson 02/21/07
Oh my, I just loved the concept that one of the things differentiating humanity from the rest of creation is the touch of God's hands. Breathtaking.
Birdie Courtright02/21/07
This...is spectacular. An amazing peek into the heart that created us. Beautifully anointed writing.