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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Tree (10/09/08)

TITLE: This tree has no candles
By Keith Wallis
10/09/08


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This tree has no candles.


This
Christmas
tree has no candles.
This tree has no needles
finely falling
on presents at its feet.
This tree has no splendour,
torn from earth, wrenched from root.
The adorned silence of eternity replaces
the rustling
of temporal branches.
This Christmas tree is pain-laden,
love created, garden grown, universal sown.
Cock-crowed carols surround it - searching for a tune.
This tree is advent epiphany fulfilled,
a sight for blinded eyes and the lame to dance their carols.
There is no Christmas without this tree, blood-brother to the tinselled child,
herald of eternity, gift wrapped present of a reconciled.
No other gift had such a wrapping nor was bought at such a price,
and neither would the giver plan another such device.
For here, and here alone, is there meaning for all things,
things of wonder, things of beauty, things of peace on broken wings.
This Christmas
tree has
no candles.
save the
Light
that
shines
in darkest places.


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Christine Dunn10/16/08
This was beautifully poetic, and I love the format.
Rick Higginson 10/16/08
Nice touch, composing the lines to create the half-outline of a tree. Very creative.
Rebecca Jones10/16/08
I liked how you tied the Christmas tree to the cross of Christ. I also liked how you made it into a half-shape of a tree.
Debra Martinez10/16/08
Your poem did what a good poem does. I am still pondering the feelings that your words evoked. Thanks
Jess Godwin10/16/08
my first thought was "wow." I'm still pondering the images your words put in my mind. Loved the "blood brother to the tinseled tree . . ."
Jess Godwin10/16/08
my first thought was "wow." I'm still pondering the images your words put in my mind. Loved the "blood brother to the tinseled tree . . ."
Seema Bagai 10/16/08
I liked the format and analogy in this poem.
Gregory Kane10/20/08
I'm not normally a great fan of poem entries but this one speaks to me - even without the clever outline. Thought provoking
Leah Nichols 10/23/08
The poetic craftsmanship is excellent in this piece. Just the right words to make the perfect point. Nice work!
Celeste Ammirata10/23/08
What a lovely, thought provoking poem. I love the vivid images it provokes.
Jess Godwin10/23/08
Congrats, Keith!!

This was my pick to win!
Laury Hubrich 10/23/08
Wow! Love this. Congratulations on your first place writing!
Lynda Lee Schab 10/23/08
What an utterly beautiful and creative poem. SO deserving of a win! Congrats!
Marijo Phelps10/23/08
Powerful, even the half tree visual reminds us of the "brother" tree mentioned...Congrats
Sheri Gordon10/23/08
Congratulations on your 1st place. Beautiful job with the topic.
Celeste Ammirata10/23/08
Congratulations on being awarded first place! Wonderful piece
Leah Nichols 10/23/08
Congrats on your well-deserved win! I knew this piece had excellence the moment I read it!
Sharlyn Guthrie10/24/08
This is so eloquently stated. COngratulations on your 1st place win!
Lollie Hofer 10/24/08
Beautiful! I liked how the flow of the poem matched with the extension of the branches. Well-deserved honor.
Anne Linington10/24/08
Good to see someone from the UK placing s highly; loved the poetry and pics on your blog.
Anne Isle of Wight.
Lynn Jacky10/24/08
Hi- congratulations, I liked your format and writing style.
Jean Thornberry10/28/08
I really enjoyed this! Great job portraying the gift of Christ's sacrifice to a dark and sinful world. Thank God for Jesus- the best gift of all!