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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sewing (02/22/07)

TITLE: Silver Needles~Silken Threads...A Wedding Song
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02/27/07


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Antique gold scissors, the silver overlay worn away from centuries of use, snip through silken linen. Silver needles create tiny stitches and a wedding dress takes shape. A song, first formed in my heart, now rises from the depths within.

Yards of linen pure and white,
Silver needles, stitches tight,
I will make my dress tonight,
And marry in the morning.


I hold close the letter from my beloved while I work. My soul rejoices at the eloquent expression of his love, and proposal of marriage. I do not fully understand the sacrifice required of him in order to send it, but with joy I sing, “I am forever yours.” I pray he will not tarry.

Gathered laces billowing,
Stitched with rosebuds in a ring~
Fair will be my covering,
So lovely in the dawning.


Ribbons of silk are transformed into delicate rosebuds, capturing the essence of the dawn. I sew them to lace and form my veil. Buttons are covered with satin. Just before sunset, I gather wild rose petals; they will make a fragrant path for my beloved to walk upon.

Silken ribbons overlaid,
Satin buttons I have made.
Fragrant blossoms from the glade,
I’ll scatter through the gloaming.


Then a voice, like the sound of a thousand waterfalls, cascades into the timeless pull of love. But it is not the voice of my beloved, and I dare not chase a fleeting dream so close to morning light. For the hour grows late; I must hurry, lest I miss my true love’s call.

Fitted bodice, flowing hem,
Swirling layers graced with trim,
I will sew and wait for Him…
His bride I’ll be, come dawning.


~*~

Long have I labored, struggling to keep myself from wrinkled care--my heart from the sin of doubt. Through it all, the spirit of his love for me, has given me the strength to endure. Now, as I slip into my finished wedding dress, a light breaks forth in the East. I hear his rapturous shout!

Pure white linen without stain,
Fragrant, glowing, free from shame,
Worthy thus, I took His name…
And married my love in the morning.


“…His bride has made herself ready…” “…without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless…” Revelation 19:7 Ephesians 5:27 NIV


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Verna Cole Mitchell 03/01/07
This is a beautiful, descriptive piece. I love the wedding song. My heart yearns, too, to be the spotless bride.
Joanne Malley03/02/07
This is just lovely! Beautiful descriptions and visuals to drink in. Blessings. Jo
Betty Castleberry03/02/07
What a lovely piece. The descriptions are very vivid. Nicely done.
Joanne Sher 03/02/07
Elegant is the perfect word for this. Just lovely and meaningful.
Pat Guy 03/03/07
Each word is exquisite - each stroke that of a master ... perfectly beautiful.
Venice Kichura03/03/07
This is excellent! And I loved the way you weaved in the poetry...a delightful read!
Lynda Schultz 03/05/07
There are tears in my eyes — this is incredibly beautiful.
Sharlyn Guthrie03/05/07
This is simply lovely. I love the entertwining of poetry and poetic prose.
Marilee Alvey03/06/07
Wow! Funny: I was just thinking of this yesterday morning, how I am happily married now, but, one day, I will awaken to be the forever bride that I was made to be, and how, though life has been wonderful, there will be NO comparison. Thank you for the beautiful images of the spotless, yearning bride. It was excellent!
Jan Ackerson 03/06/07
Wow--wow--wow! This is simply exquisite.
Allison Egley 03/06/07
I loved the combination of poem and story. They balanced each other well, and enhanced each other.
william price03/06/07
If I had three thumbs, I'd give you a triple thumbs up. Excellent. God bless.
Patty Wysong03/07/07
Beautiful! I love how you intertwined the poetry with the prose and made it flow so smoothly and naturally. I caught where it was going right away and loved it!