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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Start (01/16/06)

TITLE: Genesis: A Poem in Prose
By Jan Ackerson


START GROWING! The Creator poked a finger into fresh soil. A little sapling sprung up, leaves quivering. Another poke, and in moments there stood a majestic cedar, towering above the ground. A delighted smile played across His face. Taller, taller, taller still. He caressed the earth; lindens and larches, birches and baobabs, palms and pines all raised their branches heavenward.

START BLOOMING! Just a flick of a finger now, and the Creator watched in joy as a few tender shoots made their coy appearance. A brush of his hand across the globe, while He sang the names of colors: Crimson, magenta, lavender, mauve. Red roses bent their heads in adoration; pink primroses scented the air with praise.

START SHINING! This time, the Creator looked away from His now-lush creation, and pointed into the firmament. There, He said, and there and there and there. His arm swept across the heavens—a grand gesture. Sun, moon, and planets danced for Him; comets and stars joined the celebration.

START FLYING! START SWIMMING! START GALLOPING, CRAWLING, AND HOPPING! Obedient to their Creator, four-legged beasts and two-legged birds moved in response to His command. He laughed now with delight at His ridiculous platypus, His gawky giraffe, His comical chimpanzee. START CHIRPING! START BRAYING! START WHINNYING, BARKING, AND ROARING! The creatures tested their voices, and called out in wonder to their King.

START KNOWING! The Creator breathed, and His most precious creation knew Him.

Oh, how I long for you to know Me more!

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Virginia Gorg01/23/06
I can see the hand of the Creator reaching, pointing - and His heart seeking for us to love Him.
Nicely written.
Grace Sempa01/23/06
Pictorial writing,with Him at work,that hand is still extended,I can see it in your writing.Thank You.
Crista Darr01/24/06
Oh, so beautiful. I love it, especially your ending.
Lynda Schultz 01/26/06
Oh I loved this - I felt like I was there. You could have kept going, and going and going. Wonderful description.
Pat Guy 01/26/06
Oh how I want more! This is so Wow! So THAT'S how you do it! Absolutely perfect - one of MY favorites! Every word a delight! I hope, hope, hope this places!
Cassie Memmer01/26/06
Very beautiful creation account. Wonderful writing! A blessing!
Shari Armstrong 01/26/06
Wonderful images!
Laurie Glass01/27/06
Great idea. Beautifully written and left me wanting more.
Julianne Jones01/27/06
Who says the platypus is ridiculous??? They are beautiful creatures! LOL. This was lovely yet different. Well done.
Val Clark01/27/06
Definitely very poetic, as all prose should be, each word chosen to evoke the most response in the reader. A delightful piece of prosetory. :-)
Marilyn Schnepp 01/28/06
Absolutely beautiful! Words cannot express the beauty written here. I loved it!
Debbie Sickler01/28/06
Reading this, I pictured God creating the world half as a conductor pointing to each musician, queuing their music and half as a child delightfully creating a masterpiece while at play. Beautiful job.
Maxx .01/29/06
This is actually very cool! I appreciated the simply recounting of creation. Great take on the topic. It held together nicely.
Linda Watson Owen01/29/06
Jan, this is wonderful! Your images are exciting and full of that precious first life at the hands of Creator God! I'm wondering about what it would sound like in present tense though...what do you think?
Suzanne R01/31/06
'A Poem in Prose' is a good description indeed! This is beautiful.