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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: This Side of Paradise (not about the book) (07/14/11)

TITLE: within the distant thunder
By Jim McWhinnie
07/17/11


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within the distant thunder, I hear the Lord at work,
a blacksmith with his mighty arm
bringing iron upon the anvil,
forging in the fire of time
all his dreams and possibilities
into flesh and blood realities.

beyond the veil of falling waters, I see the Lord at work,
a watercolor artist creating in gently flowing washes
of sky-filled blues and earthy browns,
painting in these holy hues
all the wonders of what could be,
for all the souls like you and me.

in the gentle winds across the plains, I hear the Lord at work,
an old man whistling an olden hymn,
as he travels down a homeward lane,
closing ever closer the sad and heartfelt distance,
turning all the wistful yearning
into long lost loves returning.

not, not that far away, not that far away at all,
I can hear the angels laughing,
I can hear them all at play,
as they prepare for my tomorrow,
that new and wondrous Day.


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Eliza Evans 07/23/11
You put a rhyme in at just the right places.

"I see the Lord at work" "I hear the Lord at work" "I see the Lord at work"

Very calming. Very lovely.

Love the title.
Eliza Evans 07/23/11
Forgive me. I knew the sequence was hear, see, hear but I typed see, hear, see. :(
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/24/11
Calming, inspiring, lovely poetry
Noel Mitaxa 07/25/11
Great imagery, scope and rhythm here, Jim. Beautiful work.
Edy T Johnson 07/25/11
You have painted some beautiful word pictures in these stanzas - even this side of Paradise we find wonders to ponder, don't we!
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/28/11
Congratulations on recognition for your lovely poetry--fresh every week.
Bonnie Bowden07/28/11
Congratulations on this wonderful poem winning the EC award. It really awoke all my senses.
Beth LaBuff 07/29/11
Exquisite work, wonderful metaphors, glorious ending! Congrats, Jim!