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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Day's End (01/01/14)

TITLE: The Unseen Presence
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Stretched to infinity
Was the sea above me,
Where occasional white vessels
Sailed to distant destinations.
The ocean of sky turned darker
When a powerful unseen hand
Dimmed the light.
In a trice, a variety of colors
Began to obliterate
The endlessness of blue.
I watched in awe
As a picture unfolded,
Created by that same hand,
Still unseen.
The first stroke was the merest blush,
Pink’s palest echo of red.
Vibrant orange was edged in next,
Enlivened by a field of daisy yellows.
Bands of gaudy magenta
Were painted in
To embroider a bouquet of rubies
Beside ridges of deep purple.
A huge gilded ball
Overlaid this exalted display,
Emblazoning the whole.
The glorious hues shifted shapes
And traded places
Like children at play.
I almost held my breath
To be audience
To such magnificence.
Although I was alone,
I thought I heard a voice
Say, “It is good.”
As the unseen hand
Dropped evening’s curtain,
The banner of brightness
Slowly fled away
Till blackness covered all,
And my heart swelled
With reverence
For the Artist
Of this masterpiece.

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Beth LaBuff 01/09/14
This is one of the most gorgeous descriptions of the Master Artist's creation of a sunset as I've ever read. With the onset of each glorious color, and then they "traded places like children at play." My favorite is the pronouncement that, "It is good" right before the "unseen hand dropped evening's curtain." I'll never tire of these images!
Nancy Bucca01/09/14
This piece explodes with creativity. I too enjoyed drinking in all the many colors. Such a well crafted work of art, well worth reading and savoring!
Ellen Carr 01/09/14
This is a lovely description of a sunset with its beautiful colors and color changes described so well. Beautiful!
Margaret Kearley 01/10/14
This is absolutely wonderful and brimming with the beauty of the Glory of God. Just wonderful to read, and read again, - savouring the wonder of God's exquisite gifts and handiwork. Thankyou.
Jan Ackerson 01/10/14
I’d love to have your input into the free writing lessons available on the FaithWriters forums. This week’s lesson is on writing devotionals, and next week will cover writing on topic for the weekly challenge. Look for it at http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewforum.php?f=67, or if you’re on Facebook, you can “like” Faithwriters Writing Lessons.
Danielle King 01/11/14
WOW! What a mind blowing, magnificent, awe inspiring picture you painted with this amazingly creative poem. Such talent - and great for the topic. A winner in my book!
C D Swanson 01/11/14
Very well done, beautiful exaltation to the Lord's handiwork. I always call everything that we see "God's masterpiece" at the end of all of my posts on my website, I give honor to the Lord by saying,
"Landscape by God..."

Great job with this lovely poem.

God bless~
Linda Goergen01/11/14
Outstanding and lovely piece, a masterpiece of visuals. Terrific job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/11/14
This creates a beautiful picture and carried me back to one of my favorite memories. My daughter was around 5 and it was my birthday. We saw a glorious sunset. I told her it was God's birthday present for me. Weeks later, we saw another beautiful painting in the sky. She gasped and said, "Look Mommy, it must be someone's birthday!" Now when we see a pretty sunset we say, "It must be someone's birthday." Thank you for taking me back to one of the loveliest days I've had. Great take on the topic too.
Carolyn Ancell01/14/14
This is just plain GORGEOUS! A JOY of a read.