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

TITLE: The Wine
By Linda Watson Owen


In the mists of Nothing Is
all of what will someday be
holds silent breath,
for the Artist is walking.
The Master Artist is singing,
singing the Word, the Word of Life,

“Let There Be!”

“Let There Be!” angels echo, “Let There Be!”
And look! Behold!
Emerging from the vibrance of His Voice,
the Vine appears
in newborn golden splendor,
growing in the glow of God-Light,
unfurling green in grace before unseen.

“Bring Forth!” the Creator sings, “Bring Forth!”
And Behold! The Fruit appears
Globed and growing,
expanding in the Aria
of the Master’s Living melody,
the melody of Life beginning,
the melody of Life unending.

Leafy curtains pull aside.
Arching tendrils bow before Royal Flesh,
now reddening into violet opulence
by the pleasure of the King.
Deepening hues pulse purple
in the song of Life,
Life Divine.

Look now, Behold,
as the Creator cradles and lifts high
in the crevice of His Holy Hand
the Virtue of the Vine,
Full Fruit
of the Great I AM.

Oh, hear the minor harmonies of angels
as all of what will someday be
now trembles with a tear.
The Master Artist,
cradler and upholder
of the tender Grape,
in anguish
Crushes in His Hand
the Perfect Fruit.

Wine flows
a Living Stain
along the creviced path
of the Creator’s Hand
covering all,
covering what will someday be.
The Great Crimson River flows
into the world to be
and into eternity.

Hear the Master Artist singing,
singing His Sacrifice
of Love Divine,
and Life unending.

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Alexandra Wilkin10/18/05
Free form verse is not easy, but you are making it looking easy-peasy with this one! Incredibely expressive and beautiful expression of the Passion of Christ; such rich visualisations. A tiny bit of editing at the start would 'hook' the reader in more quickly, but otherwise - wow! God bless.
janet rubin10/18/05
O.K. I'll admit it. I usually skip all the poetry (sorry), but the title got me, I read it and it was absolutely beautiful. Inspired me to worship. Thank you.
Anita Neuman10/20/05
This imagery is stunningly beautiful! Fabulous job!!!
Dixie Phillips10/20/05
Written straight from the heart. Wonderful job!
Laurie Glass 10/20/05
Wow. How do you do it? Excellently written poem.
Lynda Lee Schab 10/20/05
What a wonderful piece of poetry. This is packed with so much - I'm going back to re-read. Excellent.
Blessings, Lynda
Pat Guy 10/20/05
'Worship Poetry' what a gift to be able to write. Awesome.
Suzanne R10/21/05
You're quite an artist yourself! This is beautiful. I especially like the analogy of the crushed grape and the river of crimson.
Brandi Roberts10/21/05
Wow! Very powerful work here! Great job!
J. C. Lamont10/21/05
Very pretty. Good job.
Debbie Sickler10/21/05
I agree with Ali that the first few lines were a little confusing to me and could be better if edited, but the poem turned out to be very beautiful. I loved the line about crushing the perfect fruit. Such a strong image. Terrific job!
Julianne Jones10/21/05
What a difficult job the judges must have this week. There are so many excellent pieces in Advanced and this is another one. I'm afraid I have to disagree with the comments about the first lines: I loved them and they drew me in with their mystery causing me to want to keep on reading. Well done.
Garnet Miller 10/21/05
Wow! What imagery! I could see the grapes and almost taste them. This is terrific. The poem flowed very well:)
Kathryn Wickward10/22/05
Very majestic. It gave me a taste of what the angels must experience in God's presence. I like the many layers: a good read the first time, worth reading again to see what I missed.
Joanne Malley10/23/05
Beautiful. I'm sure this would make a great song!
Jan Ackerson 10/24/05
Linda, I was a judge this week, so I wasn't able to comment until now. This poem rocked my socks off. The imagery was awesome, your words choice sublime. I want to write like you when I grow up. You blessed me tremendously this week! Thank you so much.
darlene hight10/24/05
Awesome entry! A very worthy winner :)
Donnah Cole10/24/05
I am speechless! You have a special gift!
Deborah Porter 10/24/05
Congratulations on your 1st place win in both the Editors' Choice and Level 3 awards. You have an incredible gift with your writing and I know you bless many with your poetry. Love always, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Crista Darr10/24/05
Linda, this is packed with such power. It is just awesome. I love it.
Karen Treharne10/27/05
This is really beyond words to express how beautifully you have described our Lord in this piece. I took my breath away and filled my heart with warmth. You are a blessing and a gifted talent. May God continue to bless you as you honor Him.
dawn estrada10/27/05
This is very beautiful. I am very inspired. Thank you.
Julie Arduini03/29/07
Wow, another classic here. This was outstanding.
Verna Cole Mitchell 01/14/08
Linda, No one does this beautiful, lyrical, inspirational poetry better than you. This is a wonderful tribute to our Lord.