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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: It's a Colorful World (12/03/09)

TITLE: Bartimaeus
By vincent lyons
12/09/09


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He never saw sunlight but he felt its glow;
He’d never seen flowers or watched them grow;
He only could touch them; he liked what he felt,
The taste of beauty when their perfume he smelt.

The rain on his face seemed so gentle and kind—
He would give all to see but he was born blind;
He sensed in his heart all the colour around
Through touching and smelling and tasting and sound.

Cool wind softly whispers of mountains and trees
Of far-away lands, barren deserts and seas;
They bestir in his heart a sadness profound;
How blessed are all those who can see their surrounds!

A movement of people? The sound of a throng!
Listens intently—Who’s this coming along?
“Son of David” he calls, “have mercy on me;”
He stops and heals him—Bartimaeus can see.

What a change, what beauty, what colour abounds!
Creation is stunning, its glory astounds—
From darkness to light—what a different day,
When Christ heals the blindness and lights up the way!


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Lynda Schultz 12/11/09
This is so good—I wished for more.
Marita Vandertogt12/12/09
This reminded me of how much I take the gift of colour for granted...and it is a gift. Thanks for the "eye opener".
Charla Diehl 12/16/09
This is so beautifully written. And the fact that you wrapped this poem around scripture makes it extra special. Great job.
Linda Wright12/17/09
I love this retelling of Bartimaeus receiving sight! Lovely poetry. Well done.