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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Manuscript (04/29/10)

TITLE: Musings of a Bible-translator
By June Dickie
05/05/10


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The Mwani people have a word
they say with happy pride:
"A drop of water in a shell
is to the ant the tide."

They don't have much
as there they live
upon the coastal plain,
and yet they know that little things
can yield some priceless gain

A handful of five wriggly fish
caught in a swinging net
can keep the children one more day
and take away their fret

It may seem small - a water-drop -
not much to you or me,
but to the ant tucked in her shell,
it is the raging sea ...!

So, too, some strange words on a page
may empty be to you,
but to the ones who ne'er have heard
it could be life anew!

For many yet in darkness walk,
their language still unwrit,
they need a messenger to bring
the blessed Manuscript

To learn their sounds and write them down,
and teach them how to read,
that etchings made in black on white
might fill their deep soul need

So Lord, we pray You take our drop,
the little we can give,
and use it as a swelling tide
that others, too, might live!


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Kristi Peifer05/06/10
Moving poem! Have you considered sending it to Wycliffe?
The only thing I would change is the title. It seemed less formal than the tone of the poem.
Helen Dowd 05/07/10
Yes! Very well put, and this message could not be put down easily in poetry form. But since I had a sister who was a missionary, and had to "make" the Bible understandable in a language that had never been put on paper before, I could be symathetic to you, who wrote this poem...Very good!!! I hope the judges like your entry...Helen
angelos2 wark05/08/10
Beautiful!
A winner in my eyes!
Benjamin Graber05/11/10
Excellent job bringing this message in the form of a poem. I really liked how you tied the end to the picture at the beginning.
I personally felt that some of the rhymes seem a little "forced". You may want to watch this in the future. For example, the line "they say with happy pride" feels like it was written just to rhyme with "tide".
I really like the pictures you used - great job!
Mildred Sheldon05/11/10
Truly beautiful. This touched my heart deeply. A drop of water to those who go without truly is a life line. This is a winner. God bless.
Carol Penhorwood 05/13/10
Absolutely deserving to be a winner! Great message here.
Gregory Kane05/13/10
Hearty congratulations from one Mozambican missionary to another. Good to get the word out.