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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)

TITLE: His Survey
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Eternal God goes to and fro
Throughout the earth and beyond,
Performing actions from a list
Of deeds omnipotent.

He wakes the sun to rise from sleep
And splinter darkness of the night
With palest pink and lilac beams
That blaze to boldest orange,
Embroidered with pure gold.

He saturates the sky with clouds
That shift from shape to shape
And wander place to place
To feed the waiting, hungry earth.

He bids white waves depart
From immense blue ocean beds
And pound against vast sandy shores
With the rhythm of His own heartbeat.

He breathes out winds
To cool the burning deserts,
And He exhales mighty fiercesome storms
With power thatís solely His.

He brush strokes color and hue
From His radiant rainbow palette
To beautify buds and blossoms
And adorn both shrubs and trees
With matchless artistry.

He leads a magnificent orchestra
Of winged and feathered beings
In melodic chords of sweetest sounds
To harmonize in hymns of praise
In honor of His greatness.

He manages menageries
Of those in His dominion,
And He oversees affairs of man,
Ever seeking to redeem them.

Then at the end of His survey
Of deeds done for the day,
He stretches out a purple path
For moon and stars to play.

With all His wondrous creativity,
Iím amazed God still has time to see
A sparrow fall
And me.

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Beth LaBuff 06/17/11
Your colorful descriptions are gorgeous and mesmerize. There's so much to envision, contemplate, and pause for here. I absolutely love the waves, Ö" pounding against vast sandy shores with the rhythm of His own heartbeat." Then you progress to the message of redemption. [I'm so thankful for that.] and I love the pure poetry of "stretches out a purple path for moon and stars to play." You simplicity of your ending stanza contrasts so magnificently. Wow!!
Charla Diehl 06/17/11
Beautiful pictures are penned in this lovely poetic piece. I favor the second verse as I enjoy this gorgeous sunrise in my minds eye.
Laury Hubrich 06/17/11
It's like a masterpiece is being unveiled before my eyes. Wonderful!
Tracy Nunes 06/17/11
I usually avoid commenting on poems because I feel so utterly unqualified to do so but I enjoyed this one a lot. It really made me think of my Daddy.
Kate Oliver Webb 06/20/11
It's really beautifully written poetry and I enjoyed the descriptions of our Creator's glorious works. Of course, it's the last two words that pack the punch--loved that ending!
Helen Curtis06/21/11
This is just beautiful; it would be a magnificent photographic "coffee table" book. I, too, loved the last lines. Well done.
Rachel Phelps06/21/11
Excellent and beautifully rendered. Thank you!
Edmond Ng 06/22/11
His omnipotence revealed in a poem illustrating God's magnificence. A well painted piece showing God's creativity and His ever presence to know and care.
diana kay06/22/11
some lovely descriptive phrases here a very visual poem and I can see it with photographs and even some background music ebbing and building and different parts... a great symphony. I suppose the them here is "to check out Gods amazing creation"
and an original angle on the theme :-)
Sarah Elisabeth 06/22/11
WOW! Loved the image of the waves matching God's heartbeat. The last line sealed this masterful piece to perfection.
Noel Mitaxa 06/23/11
A beautiful, soaring sense of the infinity of God's greatness - earthed with the intimacy of his grace. Excellent imagery and depth.
Janice Fitzpatrick06/23/11
Breathtakingly beautiful! Your descriptions are surely Holy Spirit inspired. How wondrous is our God! Praise the Lord for giving such gifts to share with His children, and then the writers who pen such amazing re-mindful verses. Thank you for writing this piece, it captured my heart like the canvas I see does each day, painted by our creator.Awesome!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/23/11
Positively beautiful. Congratulations for placing 11th in masters and 18th overall!.
Jan Ackerson 07/03/11
Verna, I'm going to feature this wonderful poem on the Front Page Showcase for the week of July 18. Look for it on the FaithWriters home page--and caongratulations!