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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Truth or Dare (08/28/08)

TITLE: Truth Is
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/30/08


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Truth is like a tall tree,
Aromatic and stately,
Its roots deeply grounded
To hold it firmly
In the fiercest storm.

Truth is like a rose,
Soft and tender,
With beauty unsurpassed,
Still containing thorns
That can wound.

Truth is like a rock,
Granite from a mountainside,
Solidly impenetrable,
Indestructible,
Trustworthy.

Truth is like a light,
Showing the way
Through darkest night,
Leaving nothing
Hidden from sight.

Truth is like a sword,
Cutting away the charade
Of piety
That is merely
Empty pretence.

Truth is like a banner,
Proclaiming the right,
Decrying the wrong,
Declaring the road
To follow.

Truth is like the ocean,
Returning to the shore,
Constantly,
Faithfully,
Hour by hour.

Truth is like the sky,
Vast, above all,
Created
To be
Eternal.

Truth is like a fire,
Warmly inviting,
With glowing embers
To hold off winter
From the heart.

Truth is like a jewel
Of radiant color,
Designed and faceted
By a Master
Craftsman.

Truth is THE WORD,
GOD’S WORD:
Redemption, salvation,
Everlasting hope
For all mankind.


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Joanne Sher 09/05/08
Just love all the different imagery for truth, giving us so many facets of it. Very well done.
Pat Guy 09/08/08
Truth in poetry. It's beautiful Jan, and captures all the facets of truth - just like the jewel.
Dee Yoder 09/09/08
So many images that are, again and again, apt descriptions about what truth is. You've covered all of the many facets and usages, and beauties of truth...leading right up to the Author of Truth. Wonderful!
Kristi Peifer09/10/08
This is beautiful! Very well crafted! No mention of dare, though.

I could see this overlaid on a beautiful photograph and used as home decor!
Betty Castleberry09/10/08
This is lovely. I think I liked this stanza the best:

"Truth is like the ocean,
Returning to the shore,
Constantly,
Faithfully,
Hour by hour."

Two thumbs up, Miss Verna.
Beth LaBuff 09/11/08
I love everything about this… and especially the "jewel" stanza. :) You are very good at "free verse".