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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Haven
By Linda Watson Owen


I have a hosta haven nestled under shag bark trees,
where in the cool of autumnís dusk I linger with the breeze.
As summerís sun turns into fall and hot cares fade with day,
I find my green cathedral here and steal away to pray.

Itís here beneath the rustling leaves with asters, lace, and rose
that I can still my hurried thoughts and feel a sweet repose.
Among the songs of natureís own I sing my hymn of praise,
and in the quiet of this cove, my heart to Him I raise.

Communing with the Lord I love in this secluded nook
is such a blessing to my soul as I lift eyes to look.
The heavens high above remind that He shall always be
much greater far than any care or woe that touches me.

I breathe the scent of floral dew and know it is His Will
to bring His beauty to my life, my every need fulfill.
God knows whatís best for me today. I know His plan is right.
I choose to trust the Fatherís love, trust faith instead of sight.

So in this hosta haven, where prayer and praise unite,
I once again renew my vow to walk in Jesusí light,
to grow into His likeness and blossom in the Wind
of His sweet Holy Spirit, a fragrant Rose for Him.

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Jan Ackerson 10/11/05
Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing a lovely poem that's true in both rhyme and meter! This is just gorgeous. I had never hear of "hosta" before--I had to look it up--so I wonder if you might draw in more readers to read your whole poem if you chose a more familiar plant to them. But on the other hand, I also like the alliteration of the phrase "hosta haven." It's your call! Again, wonderful job!
Alexandra Wilkin10/11/05
Oh this really flows so well! Very smooth, and as someone who loves to find a quiet space in green solitude to pray and commune with our Lord, this resonates with me. I had a smile on my face from start to finish. God bless.
Helga Doermer10/11/05
A lovely presentation of your "Hosta Haven", connecting you to heaven.
Maxx .10/11/05
Very tight.. very well constructed. Nearly perfect. Excellent work.
Debbie Sickler10/12/05
Debbie Sickler10/12/05
Oops, bumped a button to soon, sorry. Anyway, this was an excellent poem. You definitely deserve the promotion to advanced! Great job!
Val Clark10/13/05
A serene poem, beautifully written in every way.
Julianne Jones10/13/05
Perhaps the hosta is more common in NZ for I too know what it is - even if I've never grown one. Agree with others' comments. Loved the way the flower imagery flowed throughout the piece - not just when you mentioned your hosta haven. Well done and beautiful work.
Suzanne R10/13/05
What a beautiful picture - well done!
Anita Neuman10/13/05
I know what hostas are - we have them in Canada. This is a beautifully crafted poem. I love the line, "trust faith instead of sight". Great work!
Brandi Roberts10/13/05
Sweet poetry flows from your pen, Ms. Owen! Wonderful work!
Garnet Miller 10/13/05
Did I say I loved poetry? This one is wonderful! Everyone should have a sanctuary where only thee and the Almighty dwell.
Pat Guy 10/13/05
You're talent is showing! :) Loved it! Just beautiful!
Laurie Glass 10/13/05
Nice idea. Beautifully written. The fourth stanza is my favorite.
Shari Armstrong 10/13/05
Made me want to vist your haven :)
Lynda Lee Schab 10/14/05
Two words: Simply beautiful. Outstanding piece of poetry, with perfect rhyme and meter. I agree - you have an obvious gift for poetry. Awesome!
Blessings, Lynda
Tammy Johnson10/14/05
Wonderful poem! Just beautiful! And I love Hostas! So simple and beautiful! I could picture your place well and sensed the tranquility.
Cassie Memmer10/14/05
This is a gift for us, thank you. Beautifully done.
Amy Michelle Wiley 10/15/05
Beautiful! I didn't know what a hosta was either, but I did like tha aliteration. :-) I loved the poem.
Crista Darr10/16/05
Beautiful. My favorite line: "Blossom in the Wind of His sweet Holy Spirit." This poem is "a fragrant rose for Him." It has such a lovely melody. It's a true blessing to read.
Deborah Porter 10/17/05
Linda, I also echo Jan's comment. I adored your poem. It was a winner in my eyes (but of course, it doesn't rest solely on me). Your poetry is a constant blessing.

Love always, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)