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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)

TITLE: Buttercups
By Benjamin Graber
01/29/08


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I see the beauty of a blooming rose
And have the urge to take what is not mine;
I long to build the dreams of my romance,
To drink the sweetest draft—forbidden wine—
To lose myself in scents of heaven:
To pluck the brilliant bloom for which I pine…

But while my heart is dancing in the clouds
The song that calls me on must not be scorned,
For though my tears will wet the rose I leave,
Within the night, God’s better dreams are born,
Revealing what I could not see before:
Beneath the rose were many painful thorns…

I saw the beauty of a blooming rose
And had the urge to take what was not mine;
Forgetting, in my dreams for happiness,
That God would someday bring his great design,
And as I turn from dancing on the clouds
I find God’s tapestry is most divine…

I sacrificed the rose, with all its thorns,
I gave my hopes, and God’s own dreams came true:
He led me to a field of buttercups
Beneath a dazzling expanse of blue;
I found the joy of sharing every moment
With God’s design for me: He gave me you!


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Joanne Sher 02/02/08
Lovely imagery. Enjoyed this.
Holly Westefeld02/04/08
This is beautiful, and well-crafted, with clear, yet subtle interpretation of the topic.
I love the image of dancing on the clouds.
I am guessing that this was written by, and for, a very blessed spouse.
Mary Hackett02/04/08
How beautiful! I love it :) especially the way the rose reveals its thorns and is replaced by uncounted buttercups without a hidden sting. Very pretty!