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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Carols/Carolling (10/02/08)

TITLE: Carol of the Bulls
By Beth LaBuff
10/08/08


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They sheltered in the weathered barn,
Their custom at end of day,
Added scents to mingle with
The stover and baled hay.

A microcosm of barn-life
That mirrored humanity,
Spats and greed festered and fostered –
Livestock disunity.

Like pots that called the kettle black,
Hogs beefed about the sheep smell.
They claimed their stench was nigh unto
An overflowing landfill.

The chickens hatched their plan for nests,
Pulled wool over sheep’ eyes,
Nests within the feeding troughs,
To hoard the hay supplies.

Old rooster was a barnstormer,
Who flew and goosed the duck.
The pig who watched these birds in flight
Had dreams of fowl potluck.

Then at the darkest midnight hour,
Since evil’s head had reared,
Though the window of the barn
A Christmas star appeared.

In that magic mystic moment
A lowing sound occurred.
It started in the pen where bulls
Milled near the cattle herd.

Then added to the lowing bass,
A countermelody.
A newborn lamb released his voice
With guileless harmony.

Their carol grew to a crescendo,
Livestock dissension ceased.
Lion and lamb peace resumed
For feathered fowl and beast.

In the barn a song arose
With mixed creation flavor,
A tonal sacrifice of praise,
A fragrant-smelling savor.


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Henrietta W. Romman10/09/08
HALLELUJAH! This magnificent piece of poetry is so deep!

I loved to read it more than once...I even printed it out and faced every descriptive verse with much, much appreciation! Then I found that great light which is normally concealed from human sight!

Your great CHOICE OF EXPRESSIVE WORDS has shed a halo round that lovely and exotic scenery in an ordinary barn-- after "A newborn lamb released his voice with guilless harmony"

Indeed we do take cattle for granted!Yet, You ministered to us --certainly up to picturing God's Bulls to blessing the evening with a Christmas Carol.

I appreciate the art in which you portrayed how they were--before and after--the midnight Christmas Star that illuminated "the barn-life that mirrored humanity"

Thank You Beloved Friend for all these rich lessons.
THANK YOU! MAY GOD BLESS YOU MORE AND MORE...AMEN.
Jan Ackerson 10/11/08
Cute poem that practically begs to be illustrated!
Dixie Phillips 10/11/08
What a seasoned writer you are!!!! So much substance to this.... Amazing! I'm still trying to grasp it all. Delicious!
Marijo Phelps10/13/08
Loved it - the sights, sounds and smells - the "sibling" quibbling made me feel like it was Christmas at my husband's family (he is one of 11)!
Karlene Jacobsen 10/13/08
Masterful! It's all I can say.
Verna Cole Mitchell 10/14/08
Your masterful poem creates a mood with well chosen words. The last stanza is especially brilliant.
Joy Faire Stewart10/15/08
Each time I read the poem, more insight appeared, amazing writing.
Leah Nichols 10/16/08
Excellent work!
Joanne Sher 10/16/08
Just beautiful and masterfully done. This BEGS to be a Christmas coffee table book. Wonderful.
Betsy Markman10/31/08
Another gem from you!
Julie Arduini10/31/08
I agree, this just unfolded in my mind, I could see this in book form!