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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: Creation Stories
By Brenda Shipman


Creation Stories

In the beginning
The Creator planted a seed,
A thought,
In the mind of His child.

The thought was formless, void and dark,
Stirred gently by the Spirit of God
Who was moving over its surface,
Eager to breathe life into the seed.

God said, “Let there be light,”
And the seed grew and multiplied.
Thoughts formed words,
Words became sentences,
Sentences blossomed into stories.

And God saw that it was good.

The child delighted in the abundance of words,
Tools for his work, gifts from the Artist,
As colors from a painter’s palette.
The writer chose carefully, thoughtfully, and sometimes

The words often scattered, fragmented,
And at times eluded the writer,
Like vapor in the wind.
He prayed in the confusion and chaos,
And God responded,
Separating light from darkness,
Gathering thoughts into order.

And God saw that it was good.

The child creator was flawed,
Broken and marred by sin,
And so the writing was often difficult,
Laborious and painful.

Yet the child writer had been redeemed,
And he marveled as his Redeemer watered
The seeds of his writing with life-giving
Tears of affliction and heartache.
The words became deeper, richer, more authentic.

And God saw that it was good.

The creator child continued his work,
Laboring on day after day,
Often discouraged by a seeming lack of fruit.
The rejections came like hammers to his heart,
And he was tempted to give up.

Until one day God said,
“Let the writing sprout forth vegetation -
Stories yielding seed,
Books bearing fruit.”
And the child cried tears of joy!

The writing took on eternal value,
Bearing the image of the Creator,
Drawing others to wonder and hunger,
To know the mystery
Beneath the surface of the creation.

The world read the words, the stories, the books,
And caught a glimpse of something …
Someone, beyond earthly poverty.
Someone grand and glorious and worthy.

And God saw that it was good.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
I absolutely love the brilliant way you compared genesis chapter 1 to the art of writing. What a marvelous idea and done masterfully.
Helen Dowd 04/29/10
Thoughts formed words,
Words became sentences,
Sentences blossomed into stories
...Very "creative" writing, liking story building to creation...I like your poem. "And God put thoughts into your head, and you formed them into a poem." (unquote--me!)...That's just what you did..."And it was GOOD!"...Helen
Benjamin Graber04/30/10
Lovely metaphor! I really love the way this poem blooms!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/30/10
Awesome! Brilliant piece of work! I'm speechless. The many different writers of the Bible planted seed, each in their own style, and then on down through the ages to us, the Modern-day Faithwriters, who continue to sow the seed so God will say, "That It is Good." Excellent job!

When I read Masterpieces like this, I wish I could return to Intermediate where I belong, but they won't let me, (*.*)
Karen Pourbabaee 05/02/10
You have written the heart cry of all Christian writers...to have "stories
yielding seed, books bearing fruit" and to write something with "eternal value"...beautiful work!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/10
Congratulations in placing in the top 15 in your level.
Clyde Blakely 05/17/10
Wonderful. I had to read this to my wife snd was hard to do through the tears. Your writing is definitely bearing fruit. God bless. And keep writing.
Carol Penhorwood 05/17/10
Amazing. Truly enjoyable writing! Great job!