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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: South America (02/05/09)

TITLE: Everything Beautiful -- In Its Time
By Beth LaBuff
02/11/09


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…and God saw that it was good1

Snow-wreathed mountain vistas—
Maritime seashore—
Lazuline surf waters—
Rainforest, plains, and more—

The heartland in Colombia,
Land spanned by the equator,
A sun-soaked, fertile valley soil,
Plain blessed by the Creator.

…how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains2

The grower planted manually
Sweet grass—the sugarcane.
With faith anticipated
Life-giving season’s rain.

A zephyr through the valley,
The wispy cane leaves swayed,
Joined rhythmic sweet-reed’s rattle—
The valley’s serenade.

…a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot
3

Inside the field, a spittlebug
Feasted on sugarcane.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
In his candy cane domain.

His bug-brain, slightly muddled,
Some things he did not know.
He thought his frothy spit, not rain,
Had caused the cane to grow.

Short lifespan of a spittlebug,
Just one of Nature’s rules.
Eventually he lost his spit,
He couldn’t even drool.

…as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease
4

The grower set the field afire,
Burned-off dead vegetation.
Machetes cut the standing cane.
Reap…plant, a new rotation.


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Title: Ecclesiastes 3:11
1 Genesis 1:12
2 Hebrews 6:7
3 Ecclesiastes 3:2
4 Genesis 8:22
All NIV



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Lynda Schultz 02/13/09
I really like this—though the ending seemed to come a bit abruptly. Well done in any case.
Joanne Sher 02/14/09
Beautifully constructed and lovely meter. Love the scripture that introduces each set of stanzas.
LauraLee Shaw02/19/09
A. Mazing. Wowzer.
Dianne Janak02/19/09
Beth, your poetry never ceases to amaze me. This was awesome.. I love the flow of it. Masterful, inspiring, brilliant writing
Verna Cole Mitchell 02/19/09
Absolutely lovely poem in every way. What a gift you have.
Cindy Odom02/20/09
I loved the introduction of each Bible verse, and what you wrote after each verse was amazing. And the title is quite fitting.
Nice job!