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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Mother (as in maternal parent) (04/24/08)

TITLE: Cultivation
By Benjamin Graber
04/28/08


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A bud needs nurturing to blossom,
And face the rain that flails the heart;
It needs an anchor to hold firm
When winds of pain have shoved it down;
So God’s provided all of this:
The roots sustain the buds with love…

A seed needs watering to grow,
To reach up high and make its mark;
It needs the rays of light for life,
For it will die without this care;
So God’s provided all of this:
He gave a sky with clouds and sun…

An egg needs cherishing to open,
To bring a chick into the world;
Alone, in darkness, all is lost,
Without the prick of life through love…
So God’s provided all of this:
The one who sticks it out through everything…

A heart needs nurturing to blossom,
To bloom and grow into a man;
It needs a hand to guide its steps
To learn to glow with tenderness;
So God’s provided all of this:
The one who sows the seeds of love…


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Chely Roach05/01/08
Lovely poem...
Beth LaBuff 05/03/08
I think this is a well-thought out poem. I think your title is good and I really like your repeating line, "So God's provided all of this." All of God's creation has a mother "after its kind." I like the way you explored several of God's creations (the bud/blossom, seed, egg/chick, and heart/man). This is very beautiful and devotional in nature.
Sheri Gordon05/06/08
This is beautiful--love the imagery.

Knowing that the topic is "mother," I totally see what God has provided is mothers. Without the topic, I would have assumed you were writing about God rather than mothers. (But poems often go "over my head.")

Very nice job with the topic, and beautiful writing.