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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Lights (10/30/08)

TITLE: Lights of Christmas Past, Present, Future
By Sharlyn Guthrie
11/06/08


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Lights of Christmas Past:

Lamps illumine dusty streets, lighting weary travelers’ paths.

Stars wink knowingly overhead, reflecting their Creator’s radiance. He who knows their names, will soon bridge heaven and earth.

Glaringly conspicuous, one star outshines the rest, delighting the dreamer, captivating the curious, luring the wise.

Faltering lamps are soon put out as darkness descends and destinations are reached.

Lustrous moon outlines landscape, edging it in sliver. Long shadows wearily stretch in its glow, resting while they can.

Flickering candle’s beam lights a barn and the Savior’s way into the world.

Hope and love shimmer through strained, tired eyes.

Wet with water and blood, trembling infant glistens ‘neath moon and candle's gleam.

Twinkling stars reflect in donkey’s brass and cow’s bell.

Astonishing, indescribable radiance…the glory of the Lord…overwhelms awestruck shepherds.


Lights of Christmas Present:

Brightly colored bulbs frame twinkling trees in picture perfect windows.

Brilliant white lights sparkle, dressing shrubs, fences, and otherwise naked tree limbs.

Sheen of glass is brightened by candle’s gleam in each polished palatial window.

Glowing candy canes form lines to Santa Claus.

Glaring signs flash storefront boasts and bargains.

Glitz and glitter adorn holiday revelers.

Glint of gold and crystal adorn lavishly laden tables.

Luminous neighborhoods attract, compete: most lights, most festive, most extravagant, most tasteful, most…

Inflated, illumined snowmen, penguins, and snow globes stand as tall as the houses behind them -fake, iridescent snowflakes fluttering inside.

Vivid choreographed displays of carefully positioned bulbs set to rhythmic seasonal tunes flash, blink, and dance across sculptured lawns.

Lights in rapturous hearts set on hills throughout the world shimmer in rememberance and anticipation.


Lights of Christmas Future:

In blazing glory the Light of the world returns astride lustrous white horse.

No further need or desire for light exists.


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LauraLee Shaw11/06/08
This is marvelous!
Scott Sheets11/06/08
Great take on the topic and effective format. Excellent ending!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/07/08
This is absolutely lovely in imagery and message--well worth a second and third read.
Sally Hanan11/07/08
Definitely something worth a long drink here--something to read slowly and bite into from time to time.
Joanne Sher 11/10/08
Oh, I really love the descriptions and imagery--and especially the message. Lovely.
Celeste Ammirata11/10/08
Very well written and thought provoking, especially Christmas Future. Great job!
Beth LaBuff 11/10/08
Your word choices and phrases are always so perfect. This really captured me, "Twinkling stars reflect in donkey’s brass and cow’s bell." I LOVE your ending and anticipate THAT day. This is so wonderful!
Leah Nichols 11/11/08
Excellent work! A neat cross between poetry and prose....and the content is very true to reality. Nice job.
LauraLee Shaw11/13/08
Congrats on 8th place overall and your Editor's Choice!!! Doin a happy dance for you!
Beth LaBuff 11/13/08
Yay! Congrats Sharlyn on having these thought high-LIGHTed! :)
Dee Yoder 11/14/08
Congratulations, Sharlyn! This is excellent--lovely comparisons here.