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

TITLE: Creation's Song
By Sharlyn Guthrie


Oh mystical, musical Presence
without beginning or end,
Voice of One, yet three in its essence,
a lilting tenor of wind
over bass booming thunderous and wild
by pure tones of the Word reconciled.

Oh Voice shaking all the foundations
of what was yet to be made
in harmonious, pure undulations
as base and ballast were laid.
Great I AM moves with tremulous sweep
chanting “Let there be…” into the deep.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, Almighty,
Who was and Who is and Who is to come!

Oh Composer of body and spirit
forged in the image of God,
so to honor God’s Word and to fear it
while ruling the beasts and sod,
orchestrating their care and provision
in sync with the Master Musician.

Oh Creator of holy acclaim
Who over creation stood,
poised to view Your work and proclaim,
“Behold, it is very good!”
then led morning stars in their singing
with shouts of glad angel choirs ringing.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, Almighty,
Who was and Who is and Who is to come!

Oh high, humorous Virtuoso,
Maker of rhythm and rhyme.
Who transcribes creature noises in scherzo,
varied in tempo and time;
then in cycles of life stays their course
by intrinsic, intuitive force.

Oh immanent sovereign Conductor,
Arranger of varied parts,
blending anthems and hymns in nature
to the trill of lover’s hearts.
Trees clap softly to meadowlark’s song
as a cadence of crickets plays on.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, Almighty,
Who was and Who is and Who is to come!

Oh Maestro of mercy and justice,
the sweetest duet by far,
born of flesh, yet holy and blameless,
now branded with Satan’s scar.
Yet the dirge became jubilation;
You rose, and proclaimed vindication.

Oh infinite, timeless Transposer
tuning each age to Your grace,
preparing to slay the imposer
and then to reveal Your face,
when our crowns at Your feet have been laid
and the great final movement is played.

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, Almighty,
Who was and Who is and Who is to come!

*Refrain is borrowed from Revelation 4:8 (NASV)

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Elizabeth Baize03/15/07
You did an exceptional job of capturing the majestic topic of your poem in the very words and rhyming that you chose. I really enjoyed it.
Joanne Sher 03/15/07
Just beautiful! I absolutely love the imagery throughout - but especially in the first two stanzas. My very favorite stanza, however, is the second to last (not including your refrain) - very powerful. The refrain is also quite powerful. Definitely a keeper - one I'll want to go back to.
Julie Arduini03/16/07
If God was looking to add to the Psalms, I'd suggest He choose you. Eloquent, full of worship and praise. Simply stunning. Great work.
Leigh MacKelvey03/16/07
And we have a winner! I liked everything about this poem ... or psalm. The ababcc rhyme scheme made the poem so strong and gave it rhyme without the annoying sing-song feel. The rhyme was just a natural part of the poem and wasn't forced at all. I was impressed with how the words you chose fit the worshipful mood you were going for. You are most definately a mature poet!
Jan Ackerson 03/19/07
Wow, Sharlyn, this is simply incredible in every way--great poetic elements, wonderful message. One of the best this week, in my opinion.
Betty Castleberry03/19/07
I truly enjoyed this. Love the imagery and the whole feel of the piece. Thumbs up!
Myrna Noyes03/20/07
What a beautiful, majestic poem! Brilliant imagery, lovely rhythm, powerful message! This is a favorite! :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/20/07
This is a wonderful God-honoring poem. I loved it!
Pat Guy 03/20/07
Bravo! I feel like standing and clapping for a second and third ovation! What a performance of words and Praise! Wow!
Jen Davis03/20/07
I loved the alliteration in the first line. You also ended the piece beautifully. Another favorite: “Great I AM moves with tremulous sweep chanting “Let there be…” into the deep.” This is most definitely talented writing. Very, very nice.
Laurie Glass 03/21/07
Great images. I'm impressed with the rhyme scheme/stanza structure. Are you like trying to win or something? :) This is a wonderful poem.
Bonnie Way03/22/07
WOW - great poem! Congratulations on your win - it's well-deserved!
Sara Harricharan 03/22/07
Saying "Beautiful" doesn't quite do this justice! It's amazing. I love it from beginning to end. Soul-stirring with great imagery and just the flow of the words. It does something to the heart. Congrats on a most certainly well-deserved win! ^_^
Leigh MacKelvey03/22/07
Did I not tell you!!!
Congratulations on a fine piece of poetry, Leigh
Dolores Stohler03/22/07
Congratulations! Powerful, beautiful writing. I'm glad you won the challenge.
Myrna Noyes03/22/07
You deserve 1st place for this incredible poem, and I'm so glad you won! :)
Loren T. Lowery03/22/07
Beautiful entry. Congratulations on a well-earned placement.
Elizabeth Baize03/23/07
Sharlyn, Congratulations on your win!!!