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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Music (03/08/07)

TITLE: God's Music
By Verna Cole Mitchell


In every morning just at dawn
God turns His sounds of nature on.
All through the day this symphony
Plays heaven’s music endlessly.

The wind that in the willows sings
Repeats the whir of angels’ wings.
The turtledoves commence to coo
To search for sweethearts they would woo.

In summer swallows swoop down low;
They’re humming, crooning as they go.
A choir of birds has varied call;
The mockingbird will try them all.

The geese go honking as they fly
Across the darkening fall sky.
The dry leaves, drifting from the trees,
Are rustling with the passing breeze.

In winter the soft sweep of snow
Brings whispers to the land below.
The sleet that pounds with icy pings
Makes bruises with the stings it brings.

As raindrops to spring flowers near,
They turn their heads so they can hear.
Then with a rhythm of romance,
To patter of the rain, they dance.

The gale brings warning with its sound
Of blowing tree limbs all around.
The evening storms reverberate
With roaring thunder until late.

The rivers rush right to the sea,
Creating their own melody.
The surfs of ocean pound and crash
As high upon the shores they lash.

In orchestra the animals
Compete with rushing waterfalls
To play their parts instinctively—
No stranger concert could there be.

The bull frog belts out loud “kerthumps,”
Which echo in ponds where he jumps.
And then at night the owls ask, “Who?
Who played this program just for you?”

Do you think God uses a baton
To wave His music off and on,
Or does He smile in accolade
For this creation He has made?

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Marilyn Schnepp 03/15/07
A beautiful tribute to God's creation - and so nicely rhymed...a delight to read!
Loren T. Lowery03/15/07
Enjoyed your creative take on the subject and what's more, believe it, too.
Elizabeth Baize03/15/07
This is beautiful! Thank you for painting a beautiful song in rhyme and then finishing it off with such an appropriate question!
cindy yarger03/16/07
Fun. I loved the last stanza. Good job!
Julie Arduini03/16/07
This flowed so well. Strong writing, great work!
Sharlyn Guthrie03/19/07
Very nice work, especially on rhythm and rhyme. My only suggestion would be to try to vary the beginnings of lines a little more, using something other than "the." That's getting picky, though. I really like this.
Jan Ackerson 03/19/07
This is gorgeous--I can see it in "Ideals" magazine.
Linda Watson Owen03/19/07
Absolutely delightful, Verna! What a lovely and varied trip you are taking your reader on as you carry us through the wonders of this world and its oh, so special music! Again, delightful!!
Sandra Petersen 03/19/07
Your rhythm and rhyme were very good. I confess the first stanza was my special favorite.

And I amen what Jan said. This would be perfect for a publication like Ideals.
Laurie Glass 03/19/07
What a lovely poem with great rhythm and rhyme besides. Delightful.
Joanne Sher 03/20/07
Just delightful - loved all the animals and their music.
Pat Guy 03/20/07
Wow - in just a few short stanzas you took us through God's symphony of seasons! Well done Verna! A delight to read!
Jen Davis03/20/07
A very cute intro stanza and so true. This was another favorite line: “A choir of birds has varied call; The mockingbird will try them all.” Just yesterday, I paused to listen to a concerto of gulls, blackbird, and dove. Not only were they interesting to hear but also entertaining to watch. Thanks for sharing this upbeat poem.
Sara Harricharan 03/20/07
I love the flow of this! Very easy to read, kind of like a music note floating along in the air. Great imagery and I love the first few verses espeically the line with Angel's wings. Great writing! ^_^
Myrna Noyes03/21/07
Wonderful poem! I liked how you showed the different "creation music" God gives us each season! Your piece flowed so well and was an complete enjoyment to read! :)
Donna Powers 03/21/07
A wonderful poem and a psalm of praise for God's glorious creation. Well done! Thanks for sharing it
Betty Castleberry03/21/07
This is delightful. I love the feel and the rhythm of this piece. It's very creative, too. Well done.
Sara Harricharan 03/22/07
Congrats on a highly commended! ^_^
Loren T. Lowery03/22/07
Congratulations on your placement. I really enjoyed the message of your poem.
Edy T Johnson 03/23/07
Verna, I looked you up so I could thank you for commenting on my music entry, and I found this delightful poem! I think I relish words as much as I relish chocolate, if not more (smile!), and you have such delicious morsels all throughout this poem. It has to go in my "favorites."
I'd love to have you read my autumn poem "The Scarlet & The Snow" (see my member page). Maybe we should collect more such creation poetry and do a book!
[And, "Thank you!" for taking time to leave a comment on my writing. I sure do appreciate it!]
Catrina Bradley 04/05/07
What a great poem about my favorite music by my favorite Artist! You've painted great "ear" pictures. :)