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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outstanding (04/21/11)

TITLE: Parcelled with Skin
By Debbie Roome
04/28/11


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A still womb, virginal, receptacle of hope
Cradling DNA, an explosion of cells, would Mary cope

New life, confusion, questions and tears
Godís peace and assurance, quietened, stilled fears

A baby, Emmanuel, hidden so deep
Gentle swelling, whispers of gossip, did Mary weep

Bones knit to flesh, transparent, a heart that beat
Blood vessels formed, creation, tiny feet

Genetics defied, perfection, an intricate design
Delicate ears, starfish hands, eyes that would shine

Arduous journey, no room, a manger would suffice
Maryís pain, a newborn king, come to pay a price

A shining star, beaming hope, shepherds gathered round
Filthy stable, ecstasy, the angelsí joyful sound

Eastern kings, exotic myrrh, frankincense and gold
Centuries on, they didnít know, their story would be told

Outstanding gift, breathing, parcelled with skin
A sacrifice, unblemished lamb, payment for our sin

The Fatherís best, His only son, sacrificial love
Salvation, grace and mercy, given from above


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Kate Oliver Webb04/28/11
I had almost stopped breathing by the time I reached the end. This was truly awesome; loved your use of words, the simplicity which allows the mind to complete the picture. Beautiful work.
Noel Mitaxa 04/29/11
Simple construction with a profound message
Loren T. Lowery04/29/11
Sometimes our hearts simply need to shout out with joyful wonder of the birth of our Savior. When it's done so well, as you have done, it's a pleasure to read and celebrate with the words of the author. Great job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/29/11
Profoundly beautiful. You're an excellent poet.
Debra Hindman05/02/11
Astounding use of words--painting this account--in quite a different way. Thank you!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/06/11
Congratulations on ranking 11th in level 4 and 15th overall!