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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Christmas Gifts (11/13/08)

TITLE: ascend our thoughts
By Keith Wallis
11/14/08


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ascend our thoughts

Resplendent in glistered frost
we unwrap the special day
when all is changed, though still the same,
and mangers, stars and hay
ascends our thoughts.

Nativities have come and gone
in varieties of craft -
some creating tears drops,
and some creating laughs
ascend our thoughts.

Discarded wrappings litter
our paths and cheery homes
and somehow Jesus lays there
while reindeer, elves and gnomes
ascend our thoughts.

The carols fuel our reveries
Silent Nights and First Nowells,
and in semi-Bleak Midwinter
the turkey-roasting smells
ascend our thoughts.

The Christmas gift, if gift it is,
costing much yet given so free
meanders in the mistletoe
as mischievous kissery
ascends our thoughts.

Yet, trapped within our wonders,
the miracle of birth,
new sounds upon the quietude,
new feet upon the earth
ascend our thoughts.

And Christ has come again, again.
In mangers of unworthy hearts
unwrapped, and Holy, bright and new
that love of God which He imparts
ascends our thoughts.


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Helen Murray11/20/08
"new sounds upon the quietude,
new feet upon the earth
ascend our thoughts"

"In mangers of unworthy "hearts"

These lines really touched me. This is a very interesting concept of Christmas. Delightful.
Dolores Stohler11/22/08
This poem is so creative and well thought out. Awesome! I love the originality of the words you chose -- different, yet somehow fitting. Lovely, lovely poetry.
Linda Payne11/24/08
As a fellow poet, I loved this. It was haunting and musical. I especially liked the way you intertwined thoughts of Christ with the other trimmings we sometimes allow to clutter Christmas.
Linda P.
Deborah Porter 11/27/08
Keith, in case you don't see the Highest Rankings each week, I just wanted to let you know that you did very well in the Challenge this week. Even though you didn't quite make it into the winners' circle, you made it into the highest rankings for Level 3, placing 15th for the level.

The competition is always extremely intense in Level 3, so well done. Keep up the great writing.

If you would like to check the highest rankings for yourself, you can see them here:

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=343147

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)