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

TITLE: Isaih 53: Evergreen
By Sharlyn Guthrie
10/15/08


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An
ever-
green
sprung from
tender sprout and
stretched its frail branches.
It grew
before the eyes
of men -just like a root
from dry, parched desert ground.
It was not beautiful, desirable, or majestic.
The tree was despised by men who coveted greatness.
It was a
Charlie Brown tree…
a reject…laughable, to say the least.
We were ashamed and hid our fickle faces
from the humble tree that offered more than it seemed to own.
We tried our best to fell it, to whittle it down to our size, or destroy it.
But the tree stood tall.
It extended its shade when the sun beat down.
It lent its strength when we needed something to lean on.
It provided shelter when vicious storms pounded and railed against us.
Strong limbs held every burden brought to the tree and hung on its branches.
Most importantly, the tree pointed the way to Heaven to those whose eyes would see.
In its prime the tree was brought down;
fractured, and shattered, broken by the heavy weight of our
numerous burdens. Through no fault of its own, the tree had perished,
and with it, hope. For how could any good thing come from a dead, forsaken tree?
Many who witnessed its destruction sorrowfully turned their backs on the tree and wept.
They did not recognize this as God's perfect will; but life would return to the stricken tree,
and to those
whose burdens
rolled into the abyss
that dreadful, victorious day.
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!



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Laury Hubrich 10/19/08
This is very good. Don't know why people aren't commenting. I love the form. Very clever. I love the metaphor. Wonderful.
Yvonne Blake 10/19/08
Wow!!! Excellent! I tried to get this effect, but couldn't quite get it to come out right. Well done!
Chely Roach10/19/08
This was wonderful. I can't imagine how long it took to format this! I loved the metaphor...a creative take on the topic. Well done!
Sheri Gordon10/19/08
Wow. This is beautiful to look at--and the writing is quite nice, too. :) Great job with the topic.
Ellen Dodson10/20/08
Love the beginning words as the tree/your poem "sprouts." The shape is perfect and the message is even better. The only part that seems out of place with the otherwise reverent, yet simple tone is the Charlie Brown Christmas tree reference. Charlie Brown's tree has become a cliche. It jabbed an image of a cartoon into my brain that just didn't work with the beautiful flow. Otherwise, your poem is beautiful! : )
Lollie Hofer 10/20/08
Beautifully written, beautifully illustrated. I love how it builds to a glorious climax, the resurrection of our Lord. Well done.
Joanne Sher 10/21/08
Absolutely lovely, Sharlyn. I love the imagery, and of course, I love the reference :)
Norma-Anne Hough 10/22/08
Beautifully presented and written. Very clever.
Blessings,
Norms
Beth LaBuff 10/22/08
You must be an artist as well as a writer. :) I love your tree form. What a perfect analogy.. With the Charlie Brown tree. Your words are excellent… "fractured and shattered." You've written a wonderful Christmas Tree entry from Isaiah's root out of dry ground. This is so creative and well-done.
Sheri Gordon10/23/08
Congratulations on your EC. I'm so glad to see this place, it is absolutely beautiful.
Linda Watson Owen10/24/08
Sharlyn, this is just beautiful! Congratulations on your EC placement with this wonderful concrete poem. It really took patience and an artistic eye to make this 'poetree' so lovely. It's a WOW!