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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Vines (11/21/05)

TITLE: Life Vines
By Linda Watson Owen
11/28/05


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Weaving, turning in and out, over, under, through,
vines of life are everywhere. Can you see them too?

Sons with father’s ways and build, daughters with mom’s smiles,
time and nature join to weave vines both tame and wild.

Have you wondered how it is a youngster seems ‘spot on’
a copy of an earlier man, a generation gone?

It’s interesting beyond mere words to see this vine of life
entwining those gone on before with those yet to arrive,

But greater than appearance is the working of life’s vines
as faith that reaches from the heart grows on renewing minds.

Grandfather’s faith weaves tendrils through time’s roadways from the past
and finds new hearts, a ready soil, in present linage paths.

Grandmother’s trust in God above does not die though she sleeps.
The trust she used to face her fears vines on past death’s dark reach.

Their God still honors promises He made before they lived,
and generations after them are taught by trails they leave.

Life’s vines climb on in many forms, but none so strong or fine
as are the ones blessed by our God, the Master of the Vine.



“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NASB)


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Jan Ackerson 11/28/05
Very nicely done! I'd love to see this illustrated--it's gorgeous.
Laurie Glass11/29/05
What a neat idea. Nice flow. Lovely poem.
dub W11/29/05
Good effort, an enjoyable read.
Julianne Jones11/30/05
Beautiful. I loved the picture you conveyed in well-chosen words. Well done.
Anita Neuman11/30/05
The few forced rhymes are very easily forgiven in this beautifully flowing piece. The second-last stanza is my favourite, but the whole thing is just wonderful!
Helga Doermer11/30/05
Beautiful imagery.
Pat Guy 12/01/05
Tears and a promise! Wonderful as always.
Cassie Memmer12/01/05
Very nicely done! Had not thought of generations in just that way. Wonderful thoughts, tying all people/realativess together from the original and true vine! I enjoyed this poem!
Shari Armstrong 12/02/05
Very very good! It made me think of my Grandparents who were very faithful to their family-both biological and spiritual.
Linda Germain 12/03/05
..."generations after them are taught by trails they leave"
BEAUTIFUL! This so fits my Grandmother who told us before she died how she had prayed for all generations to follow her. You have expressed it so well. Thank you.
Sally Hanan12/05/05
Cleverly done, I could almost feel the vine twisting and creeping as I read it.
DeAnna Brooks12/05/05
Wonderful poem! I enjoyed every word. As a new grandmother, it spoke so eloquently my own desire to leave faithvines interwoven throughout the lives of my children and my grandchildren ... as God has enterwoven His faithfulness throughout my own life. Congratulations.
Suzanne R12/05/05
I agree with the comment about how beautiful this would be illustrated. Well done!