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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)

TITLE: Mary's Tears
By Rachel Burkum
06/03/09


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From the eyes that saw His birth,
Watched Him grow,
Watched Him play.

From the eyes that glimpsed His power,
In Godís own time,
In strength displayed.

From the eyes that witnessed love,
Beyond belief,
Beyond compare.

From the eyes that noticed truth,
Within His words,
Within His care.

From the eyes that studied faith,
Never failing.
Never ending.

From the eyes that perceived hope,
In spite of men,
In hearts attending.

From the eyes that first saw Him,
The Lamb of God,
The one sinless.

From the eyes that watched Him die,
Fell heavy tears,
Fell bitterness.

From the eyes that viewed His life,
Now scourged with pain,
Now giving grace.

From the eyes that followed them,
To watch the tomb,
To watch the grave.

From the eyes that lingered there,
Filled with an ache,
Filled with a grief.

From the eyes that did return,
Came shock unknown,
Came disbelief.

From the eyes that saw Him rise,
Fell tears of joy,
Fell sweet release.

From the eyes that loved her Son,
A sight anew,
A sight of peace.


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Emily Gibson06/04/09
This has the power of a song. I thought, too, of the bittersweet emotions of Mary, the mother of Jesus. You wrote it beautifully.
Jan Ackerson 06/08/09
Gorgeous! I agree with Emily--this should be put to music.
Colin Swann06/08/09
Really beautiful - this is special. Thanks
Carol Slider 06/08/09
A lovely poem, and a beautiful expression of Mary's emotions. Thanks so much for this!
Joanne Sher 06/08/09
Just beautifully structured and expressed. Wonderful.
Genia Gilbert06/08/09
I really love this poem. Gives insight into the Savior as well as His mother.
Mona Purvis06/09/09
Simple words tell a very complex story. I feel the longing throughout the piece.
Mona
Bryan Ridenour06/09/09
As some have already commented, I can hear this being a choral piece...Well done!
Beth LaBuff 06/10/09
There are so many bitter/sweet contrasts you've captured in "Mary's Tears". She went through it all. This is excellent for the topic. You've done a wonderful job with your poetry!
Jim McWhinnie 06/10/09
I loved the lovely simplicity of this piece.

I find that its phrasing and word choice flowed gracefully.

jim