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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: PICNIC - deadline 7-12-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/05/12)

TITLE: Sweet Communion
By Charla Diehl
07/11/12


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The summer breeze combed through her hair
And softly caressed her face
She closed her eyes and drew a breath
Thanking God for their special place
So many seasons proudly danced
When partnering two hearts as one
Beneath a mapleís verdant arms
Autumn colors and winterís sun

A smile played across her lips
As she gently spoke Zekeís name
Spreading the faded denim quilt
Forever love--still aflame
The wicker basket, a wedding gift
So simple, but duly cherished
Held a lunch today just for one
For Zekeís earthly life had perished

Remember Dear. . . she spoke aloud--
A nearby robin cocked its head
And even hopped a bit closer as if
To listen to the words yet said
Tender memories skimmed the ripples
Of the meandering babbling brook
Then disappeared like childrenís bubbles
Catching lazy winds and wide-eyed looks

Reclining against the Mapleís strength
Slowing munching smoked ham on rye
She recited some favored scriptures
To cottony clouds in the summer sky
The afternoon blessing--sweet content
Now her heart was veiled with peace
A picnic in their special place
Had brought needed relief

And so when weather did permit
Before the barren days of winter
Picnics served to ease her loss
While Godís comfort spread within her
She put to rest her fears and doubts
Of an empty life ahead
She listened to her Fatherís voice
Which gave her hope instead


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Myrna Noyes07/12/12
I like that first line! Nice imagery!

This is such a sweet, sad, lovely, romantic piece! The whole thing has such a peaceful feel to it. I also appreciate the hopeful way it ends.
CD Swanson 07/13/12
Beautiful. This touched my heart and I loved your wrap up...the ending spoke volumes and gave us massive hope. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/13/12
This is beautiful. Though I haven't lost my husband, all three of my kids are moving onto a new phase of their lives and I'm struggling. Your words offered me comfort and hope.
Mona Purvis07/16/12
Tender. Deep. Such beautiful, rich emotions. Love this so much.
Jody Day 07/16/12
Very special, touched my heart. The imagery is beautiful and the sentiment is inspiring. Nicely done.
Beth LaBuff 07/19/12
I love the tenderness of the story and your images are so vivid. Beautiful work! Super congrats, Charla, on your Editor's Choice award!
Jody Day 07/21/12
Congrats on your Editor's Choice:)