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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Church (12/06/07)

TITLE: Dressed In White
By Yvonne Blake
12/07/07


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A tumult of majestic anthems
Swells and fills the air,
Their sweet harmonic chorus rising
To the endless sky.

Trilling harps, angelic singing
Praises, adoration,
Glory, laud, and acclamations
To the King on high!

A momentÖ a pause of expectation
A lonely trumpet sounds,
All faces turn with anticipation,
Ivory gates swing wide.

Whispered voices and breathless gasps
Of joy and delight
Greet the elegantly splendered bride
Adorned in white.

She lifts her modest, mist-veiled face
In wonder and in awe
To vaulted alabaster rafters,
Iridescent light.

Crowds of eager, reverent faces
Multitudes surround her,
Ten hundred thousand on each side,
Welcoming his bride.

She fingers her snowy garment,
Pure and spotless wool,
Its endless train like a crystal river,
Flowing deep and wide.

The cloud of exultant witnesses
Creates a path before her,
Revealing the gentle, tender compassion
In her belovedís eyes.

In humble shame she bows her head.
Unworthy and unwanted,
Yet he sought her and found her.
Her lowly heart cries.

She didnít deserve such love and mercy.
How could he love her so?
Her wretched filth and sinfulness,
Blasphemy and lies.

He chose her, forgave her, and forgot her past.
Seeing only her soul,
He washed her and cleansed her,
And clothed her in white.

She humbly lifts her thankful face
To him who gave his all,
Past the hundred million guests, she glides
To his glorious light.

With compassion and with endless grace,
He stretches out his arm,
And offers her his nail-scarred hand,
And welcomes home his bride.


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Marilyn Schnepp 12/13/07
Such beautiful words, and such a great vision of The Church; my only disappointment was that it didn't rhyme. (I just happen to love rhymed poetry...sorry); but it was truly lovely.
Joanne Sher 12/15/07
Just lovely - the final stanza is especially poignant and moving.
Dee Yoder 12/16/07
Beautiful verses of analogy to the church being the bride of Christ.
Jan Ackerson 12/18/07
Beautiful poem, and I really enjoyed the assonance and slant rhyme, not often seen in poetry on this site. Great imagery, too.
Betty Castleberry12/18/07
Beautifully written. The imagery is vivid and lovely. Well done.
Temple Miller12/19/07
Lovely lyrical poem. I enjoyed everything about it.
Sara Harricharan 12/19/07
This gave me goosebumps, just reading it. Very well written. I liked the flow of it and especially the ending. Beautiful! ^_^
Angela M. Baker-Bridge12/20/07
Congratulations and thanks for blessing us!
Benjamin Graber12/20/07
Beautiful poem... Excellent job!
Laury Hubrich 12/20/07
Congratulations on your 1st place entry!
Laury
Sheri Gordon12/20/07
Congratulations on your 1st place! This is absolutely beautiful.
Beth LaBuff 12/20/07
What a day that will be! Beautifully penned! Congrats on your EC!
Karen Wilber 12/20/07
Oh Yvonne, this is beautiful. This poem just shimmers and the last stanza is wonderful. Congrats on your EC!
Marita Thelander 12/20/07
Very nice. Congratulations on the 1st place win.
Judy Burford12/21/07
This is amazing poetry - truly inspired. Congratulations on your win. I agree with the jucges.
Sara Harricharan 12/21/07
***Congrats Yvonne!*** ^_^
Catrina Bradley 12/21/07
Half way through I found myself reading aloud.The words begged to be spoken. This is so beautiful. Congratulations, your win is well deserved. Love, Cat
Janice Fitzpatrick01/03/08
I love poetry and this is amazingly beautiful, it just flowed. The descriptions were wonderful. Congratulations on your 1st place win. God bless your writing and have a wonderful New Year. Janice
Mona Lisa01/08/08
Absolutely beautiful.
Annie Sledge01/15/08
Beautiful! Congratulations!
Linda Watson Owen01/16/08
We were out of town when this lovely poem received such well deserved honor. You have written a piece that ushers us into the holy and loving presence of our Lord Himself! Such beautiful images! One of my favorites is the image of the Bride's garment being wool. She is clothed with the very Being of the Lamb! How deep and wonderful! Congratulations!
Marijo Phelps09/24/08
I love it and anticipate - can see why this is one of your favorite (all except the wool part - scriptural but wool makes me itch, GRIN)