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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: The Nature of Light
By Kenn Allan


More years ago than I can count (or really want to say),
I learned in high school physics class why colors look that way;
How light itself contains the hues of yellow, orange, and green,
Violet, two blues and red - plus some which can't be seen.

When we see objects in the light, the hue our eye detects
Is not within the thing itself but in what it reflects;
In other words, an azure ball is not azure at all—
It just reflects the azure hues from light rays as they fall.

Furthermore, when you combine all colors found in light,
The color that your eye perceives will be a brilliant white;
Yet lack of light constrains the strength of colors bouncing back,
So in the darkness things look gray or even fade to black.

Like all creations in this world, each living soul reflects
A hue determined by the light it chooses or rejects.

Five days before mankind was born, the LORD created light
And tucked the yellows, reds, and blues behind a veil of white;
He arched the colors in the sky to show what He had done,
Then gave the brilliance as a gift to His begotten Son.

So only Jesus can emit His Father's perfect hues...
The fervent reds, the peaceful greens, the empathetic blues;
He alone is seen adorned in pure aspects of light—
Transfigured brightly as the sun, His raiment blazing white.

All those who stand in Jesus' light will leave observers awed
To see a human soul reflect the attributes of God;
The closer to the LORD they stand the brighter they will shine—
Although their colors are diverse, the source remains divine.

But what of those lost in the dark or walk in shades of gray?
Reflections of His light - in us - will help them find their way.

John 8:12- "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, 'I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.'" (KJV)

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Jacquelyn Horne05/03/07
Very lovely poetry. Good pov.
Mo 05/04/07
Very nice.
Myrna Noyes05/04/07
I love light and color so was drawn to your piece by the title! This well-written poem has a powerful message and got me to thinking! We need to both absorb light and reflect it! Great job! :)
Sharlyn Guthrie05/05/07
I enjoyed this lesson on color and light, especially the fact that it is in rhyming format. Nice job!
Joanne Sher 05/05/07
Just lovely and beautiful - with an academic lesson to boot! This flowed beautifully, and was perfectly visual.
Loren T. Lowery05/09/07
Well, I took that physics class, too, but it sure wasn't taught that way. Talk about a paradigm shift - seeing it from this angle, things take on not only a whole new color but new dimensions as well. Great job!
Beth LaBuff 05/10/07
This is such an incredibly well-written poem with an even greater message!!

My ONLY complaint--With all the color words used here, I was hoping to finally find a word that rhymes with orange, but I see the author bypassed that challenge. :)
Elizabeth Baize05/20/07
This poem is definitely going into my favorites! One of my favorite lines was, "Like all creations in this world, each living soul reflects
A hue determined by the light it chooses or rejects."
This poem was truly a blessing to read.
David Butler07/16/07
"The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament sheweth forth His handiwork."
Now it's up to the Children of Light to explain the significance of it.
You've done that brilliantly, and in rhyme.