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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bloom (11/22/12)

TITLE: The flower and the stone
By Raymond Dickerson
11/28/12


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If I could only bloom
said the stone unto the flower.
if I could reach up to the sky,
just like a rainbow tower,
then I would show you, one and all
the things a stone can do.

a stone’s for more than rolling,
or skipping ‘cross the water.
a stones for more than building
a kiln for some poor potter.
just give me a chance to show you all
the things a stone can do.

a stone with petals pleasing, with
aroma that’s unceasing and
sweet nectar that the bee’s can store
and pollen for releasing;
give me but a chance to show
just what this stone can do.

a stone with kingly stature reaching
for the clear, blue sky,
towering above the little
pebbles by its side.
a stone so proud that it could show
just what a stone can do.

radiantly splashing every
color you can think of;
supplying every flavor you could
ever think to drink of.
give this stone a chance to show
the great things a stone can do.

a stone that’s meant for so much more
than what it has been given.
a stone that can outshine the best
you’ll ever find in heaven.
yes, let me show you, show you what
this fine, fine stone can do.

the flower kept her petals closed
and uttered not a word,
listening to the stones brash talk;
quietly she heard,
everything the stone had said
‘bout what a stone could do.

finally the flower answered
carefully she spoke;
I can see why you’re a stone
with no roots in the dirt.
now let me tell you, my dear stone
why you will never bloom.

to bloom takes patience, tried and true
it takes humility.
to bloom you must forget yourself,
and on another, feed.
each branch, each leave, each inch you
grow
depends upon your root.
do nothing for yourself, but for
the one that’s feeding you.

connected, interdependent;
not your own entity;
the only way you’ll ever bloom
is when you think of we, not me.
you, my dear, have proven that
you deserve to be a stone;
for you think only of yourself,
and could never bloom and grow.


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Sandra Hartman12/01/12
very interesting. I like the premise and the application is great. It does take that connectedness to our Lord and Savior that helps us bloom. We are hard and cold and very lonely without our roots firmly planted in Him.
Christina Banks 12/01/12
What a good reminder of where we get our potential for blooming from. He is the vine, our source of life.
CD Swanson 12/04/12
Wonderfully written with many messages sprinkled throughout. Nice job.

God bless~