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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Africa (03/05/09)

TITLE: A Prevalent Peace
By Donna Emery
03/11/09


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They call it Godís Window

Stand for a moment with me and catch your breath before you look down.
The balcony is hewn from stone. Grudgingly, the rocks have irregularly splayed themselves across its stubbly platform.

And then:
Imagination
plummets,
full speed,
down a leafslope
of tufted greenery;
An undulant valley
of endless treetops makes an unlikely carpet for a patchwork of birds.
Banners of bushes; pennants of plants; lanyards of leisurely leaves; filigreed flowers.

A waterfall
skips
down
another
rockface;
glistening
with sheer
lacy water;
It sends a
sparkling
rush of life
to the parched,
sprawling forest

Look again:
Clear sapphire skies seem close enough to touch; sultry breezes lift fresh fragrances of the morningís breath. Starchy clouds whisper their presence to the afternoon winds
In the distance, a smoky pearl haze hints at the horizon of Mozambique.

Moments without strife as we gaze, hypnotized, by its beauty.
Listening for the rhythmic pulse of its elusive serenity.
A prevalent peace saturates each stolen moment.

They call it Godís window

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Godís Window is a popular vantage point along the Drakensberg escarpment in Mpumalanga, South Africa.


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Melanie Kerr 03/12/09
Very visual. I know that it's a place in Africa, and I'm sure I have never been there - but your words drew me to the place!
Charla Diehl 03/12/09
Your beautfully descriptive words took me to a place I likely will never visit--except in my imagination made possible by you. Thanks.
Sonya Leigh03/13/09
Beautiful, poetic writing! I went right to it on Google...it is breath-taking! Well done.
Gregory Kane03/13/09
Sensational word choices.

And I've been there too!
Catrina Bradley 03/13/09
So beautifully lyrical. I love the format that plunges down down down, and then down again as we experience the waterfall. Simply breathtaking poetry.
Mona Purvis03/14/09
This piece stands in a category all its own. So wonderful, rich, quiet, holy, glorifying God, wise.
Every single word is a picture. Just beautiful. After reading so many articles of the brutal Africa, this shows me how God fashioned her.
WOW!

Mona
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/14/09
Wow! This is poetry at its very best--beautiful pictures and word choices. I love it!
Joanne Sher 03/17/09
Just beautifully described. Love the images you put in my mind.
Suzanne R03/18/09
You use words like an artist uses oils. I love this piece. This has got to get wider readership than just we FaithWriters ... it is a real gem.
Carol Slider 03/19/09
Lovely, lovely use of words. I want to go there!
Connie Dixon03/22/09
OK, I've never been there and I've never heard of it, but I'll be googling-away, as soon as I leave here. Congratulations, you've got me interested!