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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Brown (11/26/09)

TITLE: There's A Lot To Be Said About Brown
By Mariane Holbrook


Of all of the colors in Godís color wheel,
The one most maligned would be brown.
We talk about brown in disparaging terms,
Grimacing, face set in a frown.

But God made brown dirt in which seedlings survive,
Producing most foods that we love.
Brown bark on our trees holds the moisture within,
Protects them like hands in a glove.

Itís true little boys like to play in the mud
By stomping around in bare feet.
Since pigs donít have sweat glands wet brown mud is used
To cool their skin off in the heat.

And what about chocolate, brown sparrows, brown bears,
And roast beef and hot dogs and toast?
Our devilís food cake and brown raisins and tea;
We surely would miss these the most.

A woodchuck is brown as are coffee, baked beans,
And pine cones, a stuffed teddy bear.
Brown hair, peanut butter, a beaver and nuts,
We see signs of brown everywhere.

Brown was the stable where Mary gave birth
To Jesus, the Savior of men.
Brown was the manger the infant lay in,
We read it again and again.

The cross Jesus carried was wood of light brown,
The crown on his head was brown thorns,
The blood from his wounds turned from crimson to brown;
For this he would earn mankindís scorns.

Godís palette is made up of reds, pinks and blues;
The yellows make quite a display,
But what I would give to kneel down before Christ
To kiss His brown sandals today.

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Beth LaBuff 12/03/09
Aw... wonderful work in this poem! I especially like this, (since we raised hogs for over ten years :) ), "Since pigs donít have sweat glands wet brown mud is used -- To cool their skin off in the heat." Then your last stanza is like icing on the cake with it's beautiful message.
Verna Cole Mitchell 12/03/09
I think you hit every base and even a home run in your lovely poem of brown. The message in the concluding verses is precious--my favorite, the last one.
A beautiful poem like an art piece cast in bronze.
Helen Dowd12/05/09
There are tears in my eyes as I read this. And here I was, no thoughts about BROWN. It's not that I don't like brown; it is just that I couldn't think anything about BROWN. Guess I am just too busy to consentrate on colours...But you brought to life the colour BROWN in such a vivid way. Now BROWN has taken on a brand new meaning...I especially liked how you worked in Christ and all the BROWNS connected to Him, our Saviour. Thanks so much, author of this poem. I do hope the judges will take note! It is a wonderful lesson on BROWN...God's special blessings on you...Helen
Virgil Youngblood 12/05/09
Beautifully written.
ekong ikiddeh12/07/09
well done!
Dianne Janak12/07/09
I loved this one... the imagery, the message, the last few lines that brought everything into perspective!
Laura Anne Harrison12/08/09
This is WNDERFUL! I especially liked the last line: "But what I would give to kneel down before Christ
To kiss His brown sandals today."
Sarah Elisabeth 12/08/09
Wonderful poem! I loved the listing of all things brown, but the ending was the best.
Jim McWhinnie 12/08/09
What a delightful catalog of "browns"!

A delight to read.
larry troxell 12/09/09
loved the ending!
Ruth Brown12/09/09
I really liked this. Wish I could do poetry like that. Blessings to you.
Sara Harricharan 12/09/09
Heehee, what a read! I liked your opening verse the most, thanks for sharing! ^_^
Linda Wright12/09/09
Beautiful! I especially like the last stanza. Well done.
Chely Roach12/09/09
I loved the imagery, and the last line was a crown. Lovely.
c clemons12/10/09
Enjoyed the last stanza.
Carol Penhorwood 12/12/09
You are a delightful artist of words, Mariane! Great job with this...I loved it all the way through!