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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hide and Seek (08/07/08)

TITLE: Nature at Play
By Verna Cole Mitchell


In nature’s world it’s time to play
A game of hide and seek
When rosebuds rush to hide themselves,
And buttercups don’t peek.

The monkeys love to play this game.
They run and hide with ease
By climbing to the highest part
Of tall and leafy trees.

As bunnies lie behind the shrubs,
The dog with nose in air
Can sense the smell they can‘t obscure
And chases them from there.

The golden sun might hide behind
Some fleecy clouds of white,
But when they float away from him,
They leave him in plain sight.

Seen frolicking from limb to limb,
The squirrels are having fun,
Pursuing and discovering
Until the day is done.

The bees secrete themselves inside
A fluffy flower’s fuzz.
Although they seem invisible,
One listens for their buzz.

The fish dive down beneath the waves
To search for secret places.
They think they’re hid until they’re found
By minnows holding races.

Creation’s final crowning gift,
The children, shout with glee,
“Aha, I caught you; now you’re it.
You never will find me!”

As God above is looking down
And watching all the while,
I wonder when He sees His world,
Does it cause Him to smile?

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Amanda D'costa08/14/08
Superb! Simply superb!
Deborah Engle 08/14/08
This was very enjoyable. It was relaxing andmade me feel happy.
Joanne Sher 08/15/08
Just lovely and singsongy - wonderful images!
Debbie Roome 08/15/08
This flowed easily and I love all the word pictures.
Lynda Schultz 08/16/08
Just wonderful!
Michelle Earl08/16/08
This is a woderful poem. I really enjoyed it.
Mariane Holbrook 08/17/08
This is such a delightful poem that it made me want to sing! Your meter and rhyme are right on target and you involved all of nature in your hide and seek game. This is a keeper for sure! I wish a had a book full of your lovely, lilting poems like this. Great job!
Betty Castleberry08/17/08
This made me smile. It's delightful. Very well done.
Joy Faire Stewart08/17/08
The flow is so smooth and the descriptions so beautiful I read it again, aloud. Loved it!
Yvonne Blake 08/17/08
**smile** I love it! You can see all the flowers and animals playing. Beautiful!
Laury Hubrich 08/17/08
This is a masterpiece. What great examples of nature at play:)
Kristen Hester08/17/08
Oh, what fun this is! It made me want to jump up and kick up my heels. So delightful. Bless you for writing it.
Ellen Dodson08/17/08
THe first entry!!! I am astounded at how swiftly your creative mind works each week!! You can take any theme and develop it with such thoughtful artistry.
william price08/17/08
Super again. Very anointed you are. Enjoyed it all. God bless.
Heather Sargent08/18/08
This was very well done, I agree with it being relaxing. Very nice.
Marlene Austin08/20/08
Lovely poetic form and joyful message. Very nice. :)
Helen Dowd08/20/08
This is a delightful poem. I love the rhyme and the rhythm, and best of all, I love the way you brought in the different things of nature -- hide and seek, the topic, was well covered by the birds, fishes, bees, and all the little animals. Then you end up with the spiritual aspect: You cannot hide from God...Wonderful!...Helen
T. F. Chezum08/20/08
Very, very nice. Well done as always.
Beth LaBuff 08/21/08
I like how you've used nature for this topic. Your thoughts are so perfect (as is your meter). Excellent work, Verna!
Charla Diehl 08/22/08
I always enjoy your poetic entries. Congrats on your placings with this image packed poem.
Bella Rossiter08/25/08
Hi Verna, first let me thank you for your kind comments on Shadow Man. I love to write poetry, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading your Nature at Play. I think it's delightful. You have brought a smile to my face!