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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Fragrance (10/24/05)

TITLE: Tantalizing Tidbits
By Jan Ackerson
10/24/05


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Just as a fragrance carries an object’s essence with very little substance, so a haiku conveys the essence of its subject with very few words. The following haiku are little whiffs only of scriptures—perhaps they will be tantalizing enough to send their readers in search of the source of each aroma.

Lentils
Take a whiff, Esau.
Like it? Let’s trade. Your blessing
For a bowl of stew.

Passover
This home smells of bread,
Bitter herbs, the blood of lambs.
O angel, pass by!

Proverb
As incense fills a
Room, so my soul contains joy.
Your friendship—my heart.

Beloved
How fragrant you are!
How pleasing, how beautiful!
You are cherished, love.

Mary’s Song
I nuzzle your neck,
My precious babe, my Jesus—
God, who smells like me.

At Cana
Fabulous bouquet:
The best wine at this wedding—
Quite a miracle!

Mountain Sermon
Look at these lilies.
Their aroma, their clothing:
You are far more dear.

Jesus’ Gift
Your tears are sweeter
Than this expensive perfume
Mary, my precious!

Calvary
Hewn cedar—the scent
So rich—corrupted now by
Nails, vinegar, blood.

Witness
The fragrance of Christ
I should be—do I make them
Wrinkle their noses?


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Sara Westhead10/31/05
Very creative - what a unique way to look at the topic!
Linda Watson Owen10/31/05
Yes! What a creative and interesting take on the topic! Loved the use of the Haiku in a Challenge entry!
Helga Doermer10/31/05
This is a creative use of Haiku in developing the topic.
Sally Hanan10/31/05
Very clever and creative.
Donna J. Shepherd11/02/05
Excellent. Great title. Thanks so much for this enjoyable entry. - Donna
Nina Phillips11/02/05
Well this is a new one for me, I never heard of Haiku. I can't say I haven't now. NEAT!!!
Aloha! God's blessings!
littlelight
Brandi Roberts11/03/05
I agree, very creative. I love the different aspects of each one. Thanks for sharing!
Laurie Glass11/03/05
Very creative and so well done. Bravo.
Garnet Miller 11/03/05
Bravo! This is very imaginative and beautiful:)
Cassie Memmer11/03/05
Very clever! I like this!
dub W11/03/05
Nicely done. thanks
Crista Darr11/03/05
Ooh, I love the fragrance of the witness:) Well done Jan.
Shari Armstrong 11/03/05
Amazing! I loved this!!!!
Julianne Jones11/04/05
Oohh, definitely some 'tantalizing tidbits' here. Have only recently heard of haiku and your examples rival any I've seen. You have managed to paint some incredibly beautiful word pictures - especially liked the Calvary haiku. Well done.
Lynda Lee Schab 11/04/05
Wonderfully creative! Haiku isn't something we see too often in the challenge. This was a nice treat. Well done!
Blessings, Lynda
Debbie OConnor11/04/05
Very unique! Well done.
Suzanne R11/07/05
I loved the haiku approach - so fresh, different and so well done!
Deborah Porter 11/07/05
Jan, as everyone has already said, this was a terrific, creative entry. Well done. You were very close to the top, ranking 12th overall (out of 145 entries). So well done! Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)