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

TITLE: Be the Fragrance
By Linda Watson Owen
10/30/05


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Sweet Mary, embrace your Child.
Bend low and breathe the sweetness of His soul.
Caress his silken locks and let soft scents
take residence in memoryís treasure tents.
Breathe in and know the closeness of your Son
as myrrh and frankincense weave shades to come.
In starlightís glow with gentle fingers trace
the perfect features of your Babyís face.


Dear Mary, as worry permeates,
search dusty roads and crowded city gates.
Your Boy about His Fatherís work must be
in incensed temples teaching piety.
Release your Son to bloom in Godís own Will,
to draw unto Himself those He may fill
with fragrance that shall sweeten Heavenís days,
aromas rich, obedience and praise.


Now, Mary, prepare to see
your Son assume His true identity.
The wedding wine is emptied, urns stand bare.
Imploring scent of need weighs in the air.
Tell servants to respond to Jesusí words.
Bring water. Fill each vessel. Be assured,
the bridegroom no dishonor will endure.
Breathe in the wonder of New Wine so pure.


Oh, Mary, embrace the robe.
Embrace the Masterís seamless stole.
Between the cross and grave you must pause here,
away from pungent bitter hate and fear.
Arrange the precious herbs and spices rare
to lay upon His Body, tomb prepared.
Embrace the robe, and weep you here.
Draw strength as you breathe in His fragrance dear.


Sweet Mary, come and see!
Your Son has risen from the grave indeed!
The garden blossoms in the Light of God.
No longer are we bound by sinís dark rod.
Breathe in fresh scents of joy and victory!
Death could not keep your Son from you or me.
We all may now embrace the Holy One,
and be the Fragrance of Godís blessed Son.


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Sally Hanan10/31/05
Beautifully written-one to be read slowly and savored.
Jan Ackerson 10/31/05
Truly beautiful. I have the teensiest suggestion: in a poem as formal in meter and rhyme as this one, the first letters of each line should be capitalized. But this poem is truly glorious--your words well-chosen and your message both tender and wonderful.
Laurie Glass10/31/05
This is beautiful. I really like how you wrote it addressed to Mary. The first stanza is my favorite.
Helga Doermer11/01/05
This is a beautiful, eloquant re-vision of the story in scented scenes.
Brandi Roberts11/03/05
I really liked this! As I've liked all your others as well! Third stanza - AWESOME. Great job!
Cassie Memmer11/03/05
Magnificent! The whole Gospel presented in a lovely way. I truly enjoyed this!
Shari Armstrong 11/03/05
A lovely poem -well done.
Debbie OConnor11/04/05
A work of art. I love every precious line. Thank you!
Debbie OConnor11/04/05
Me again...I LOVE your conclusion particularly (and your title). Be the fragrance--perfect!
Val Clark11/06/05
Perfect. ('the first letters of each line should be capitalized.' don't do that, it will halt the flow of movement from one line to the next)
Debbie Sickler11/06/05
As always, well done! I can't pick a favorite stanza or line, because I liked them all. Beautifully written!
Deborah Porter 11/07/05
Linda, you know I love your poetry. It's a gift from God. Once again, you were right up there in the high places - ranking 10th in the Level 3 placings, and 17th overall (out of 145 entries). So well done (as always). Love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)