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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: The Artist
By Margaret Kearley


Each corridor, each fresh new room
Was filled with skill, each masterpiece
Hung proudly framed upon the wall
A beauteous sight on which to feast.
The crowds strolled through the gallery
And wondered at the varied skill
Of artists old and artists new,
Such beauty there we viewed, until
We reached a horrid, angry form
Outlandish in its strange design,
Harsh colours, unconnected shapes,
Dark, bleak and stark in its design.
I looked into the seeming mess
Of splattered paint, of black and grey,
And simply could not understand
Just what the artist wished to say.

With puzzled frown I walked away
But felt a strange compelling draw
So just before I left the room
I turned and looked from distant door.
And then I saw it, bright and clear
The picture shone clear and intense
From distant view point I could see
The artistís mind, his skill intense.

And God who paints the beautiful
With detailed stroke and finest line
Will sometimes paint in abstract form
A picture I cannot define.
Close up I see a muddled blur
Of unconnected shape and hue
A jarring set of confused form,
That bursts with chaos on my view.
With concentration, tears and pain
I stare into the mess intense
And try with throbbing aching heart
To try to make of this some sense.
Then with a gentle healing hand
He leads me on through misted time
Until I can look back and see
A work of art, planned and sublime.

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Bonnie Bowden 05/27/11
What a beautiful poem and message. Sometimes, I just don't see the picture from God's perspective.

I think I'll place it in my favorites, so I can reflect on the poem more.
Carol Penhorwood 05/31/11
Simply profound! A masterpiece with a message!
Helen Curtis05/31/11
This is beautiful. You've worded it so well and shown in a kind and gentle way how God knows best and see - in fact paints! - the bigger picture. Well done, I really love this.
Philip Barrington05/31/11
God's design is so perfect. Thank you.
Lyn Churchyard06/01/11
Great flow, great message. Thoroughly enjoyable :-)
diana kay06/01/11
great poem, great way to address the theme, i do hope that it is a winner because good poetry is always a pleasure.
I wrote a poem on a similar topic along time back... in fact it was only my second entry i think in the beginners section of the Faithwriters weekly challenge tipping my toe )or my brush) in as it were.
Mine was called The Masterpiece.

Yours is a masterpiece too and i hope it is a winner.
love the rhythm love the word picures, love the simplicity/complexity of the subject matter and the 'look deeper' idea of it all. :-)
Edmond Ng 06/01/11
For His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways our ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, So are His ways higher than ours and His thoughts than our thoughts.Sometimes we cannot comprehend why certain things have to happen in our lives, but we can be assured of this one thing—our God reign supreme, and all things work together according to His will.

This is an excellent and well-written piece describing inward sentiments. I especially like the part on the healing of an aching heart which on reflection shows a work of art. Thank you for sharing this heart-felt poem. God bless.

Beth Muehlhausen06/02/11
Congrats on placing 12th with this! Wonderful poetic creativity, as usual for you. Amazing what we see when the scales drop from our eyes...and we recognize what He sees.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/02/11
What A great message. I've never thought of the world and all it it quite that way. But it makes perfect sense. Congratulators for placing 10th in Masters and 12th overall!