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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Empty and Full (06/04/09)

TITLE: Renaissance
By Verna Cole Mitchell


When weary winter walks away,
And springtime waltzes in,
He leaves his empty cup behind
For her to fill again.

Devoid of color, flower beds
Now rise to the occasion
With brilliant views of varied hues—
A breathtaking sensation.

The mountain casts off soiled white shawls
From all the naked trees,
Where soon will spread towards the sky
Green-coated canopies.

Abandoned playgrounds, parks, and yards,
Once stark and lonely places,
Fill up with laughter, noise, and song
And happy children’s faces.

Dry springs, of moisture long deprived,
Greet April rains with glee,
Then overflow their muddy banks
To rush on merrily.

Tall shrubs that shivered in the cold
Give voice to brittle cries,
Till sunshine brings them blossom sweets
For pastel butterflies.

Farm fallow fields, unoccupied,
Of vegetation bare,
Send forth from early buried seeds
Fresh plantings everywhere.

To desert’s vacant canvases,
The Painter does arrive
To brush on pink and purple blooms
As rose and cactus thrive.

And I, with hollowness of heart,
To heaven make my plea.
God grants me mercy, grace, and love
From His abundancy.

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Joanne Sher 06/11/09
Beautiful images, and a wonderful picture. Just lovely.
Beth LaBuff 06/12/09
Your meter is perfect in this lilting poem. I enjoyed the alliteration with, "when weary winter" and "farm fallow field" (the latter are near and dear to my heart :) ) The whole picture you paint with your word, is beautiful!
Sonya Leigh06/13/09
Beautiful, lovely poem! You have the good heart of a poet:)
Mariane Holbrook 06/13/09
You're a walking, talking artist painting such lovely scenes with your pastels of words that it makes me homesick for my "growing up days" of summer among the hills of Pennsylvania. How beautiful!
Sharon Kane06/14/09
Beautiful, beautiful writing.
Jim McWhinnie 06/15/09
Loved it ... well-measured tempo and the charm was everywhere ...

I loved this pair of lines ...

"For pastel butterflies.

Farm fallow fields, unoccupied,"

Chely Roach06/15/09
So very lovely...peaceful. Wonderfully done!
Mona Purvis06/15/09
Truly wonderful. Love everything about this piece. Gentle and telling.
Pat Guy 06/15/09
I can only echo the rest. Beautiful transition, beautiful filling of God's abundance. Great poetry Verna!
Patricia Herchenroether06/15/09
There should be music playing in the background! Very lovely, flowing poetry.
Lollie Hofer06/16/09
Your meter and rhyme are remarkable. The story that you weave in the transitioning of the seasons, priceless. Thanks for writing such a lovely poem.
Carol Slider 06/17/09
What a lovely ode to Spring! Thanks so much for sharing your beautifully written poetry!
Karlene Jacobsen06/17/09
This is simply gorgeous!
Bryan Ridenour06/17/09
Beautiful read...peaceful thoughts and a joyful reminder that Life springs again and again
Sara Harricharan 06/17/09
Ohhh! This is lovely, VernaJ! I love it. I also see this playing out in my head like a movie, this strong, and silent type of guy (winter) and the artsy, floral girl, (spring) LOL-a wonderful read! ^_^
Betty Castleberry06/18/09
No wonder this is in first place. It's beautiful, and reads like the work of the classic poets. BIG congratulations to you, Verna. Well done.
Mariane Holbrook 06/18/09
You're on such a roll! I'm so proud of you and this entry has to be one of your very best yet! It's got so much going for it I hope it wins the top prize next summer! Kudos, big time!!!!
Bryan Ridenour06/18/09
Congrats!!!!!! Beautiful poem and very deserving of its placement.
Mona Purvis06/18/09
Verna, your poetry inspires me. This is very deserving the EC #1.
Emily Gibson06/18/09
You took all my favorite seasonal themes and created a beautiful psalm to faith and fullness in our Lord. Wonderfully composed! this will be a classic!
Dee Yoder 06/18/09
See?! I TOLD you it was one of your BEST!!!! Woo hoo! Many congrats, Verna!
Diana Dart 06/18/09
Verna dear - this was AMAZING. You captured the beauty, freshness and awakening of spring perfectly. And the title, great, great choice. Man, how do you write poetry like this??? Totally wonderful!
Catrina Bradley 06/18/09
I DID hear lilting music in the background as I read this lovely poem. :) The first stanza is my favorite, it grabbed me and made want MORE! Congrats, Verna!!!
Edy T Johnson 06/18/09
I love your choice morsels of words! Each one fits perfectly. I think you must be related to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. You're in those big leagues, Verna. Congratulations friend!
Eliza Evans 06/18/09
Very, very special. Just like the writer. :)

Keep sharing your gift, Verna. You're truly a blessing.

HAPPY DAY to YOU!!!! :)
Loren T. Lowery06/19/09
I am so HAPPY for you, Verna. It is nice to see your work being recognized, reflecting the heart of it author! Loren
LauraLee Shaw06/19/09
Congratulations, dear friend! This is exceptional!!!!
Janice Fitzpatrick06/23/09
Oh hon, I so needed to read this today. I just found out a few moments ago that I lost my uncle and this spoke tenderly to my heart.Praise God!
Even in the winter of our cirumstances, God gracefully paints beauty and life and splashes color to our existences. Verna, you are so amazingly gifted by the Lord hon. Your poetry is like whispers of refreshing breezes from the Lord! God bless you good dear. Well done and Congratulations Verna- you so deserve this win!:0)))Hugs!!! Janice
Charla Diehl 06/23/09
Every single line conjures up beautiful or familiar pictures in my mind. The rhythm of your writing is perfect and it's no surprise this placed #1. I love poetry and this was a very satisfying read. Thanks and congrats to you.
Cheri Hardaway 06/29/09

This poem is as breathtaking as spring! You are so good with poems. It's a talent I have not been able to master, but an obvious gift to you from the Master!! Congrats on your first place!