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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: Eden
By Thomas Kappel
09/08/06


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I walk through the garden
of flowering plants in my backyard
overflowing with bliss, delight, and peace
and think of the Garden of Eden.

I stand under a bent and gnarled olive tree
in the shopping center outside Starbucks
and think of the Garden of Gethsemane.

I fly down multilane highways at seventy miles an hour
passing in a blur a garden of flowers and bushes
planted by the highway department.

I walk in the dry sandy desert
through a garden of towering Saguaro’s
planted and nurtured by God.

I stand in a brace of marsh grass
in the shade of a great lighthouse
watching the ocean slowly
lick the lip of the Earth.

I sit on a log in a green pine forest
on top of a mountain watching a
butterfly and a hummingbird
make love to a brilliant flowering vine.

I lay on my back in a garden
of gorgeous green grass
smelling the fragrant earth and
watching God’s pallet of constantly changing
alabaster clouds painted against
a bottomless blue sky.

God’s Earth is a magnificent garden
shared and surrounding man
and I feel that, perhaps,
we’re still in the Garden of Eden.


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Val Clark09/15/06
What a grand tour. Thanks for the reminder that in a beautiful place it's possible to find echoes of Eden. My fav lines: watching the ocean slowly/lick the lip of the Earth. I'd be inclined to seperate out the first two stanzas as the last two lines set up an expectation for the rest of the poem. yeggy
Rhonda Clark 09/15/06
I like how you see everything as touched by God's hand. This was nice.
Joanne Sher 09/17/06
I love the whole idea of this - gardens everywhere - that we're still possibly in that wonderful garden of old! This definitely made me think. Wonderful piece!
Marilyn Schnepp 09/18/06
This Author has much better eyesight than I have; I wish I could see the beauty he/she sees; instead I see wars, famines, death, disasters, floods, earthquakes...but yes, when I do see a beautiful sunset, a rainbow or a butterfly...I know God Still has His hand in this old sin filled world. Thank you for this optimistic view; I will try harder to see...it is beautiful! Written well.
Beth Muehlhausen09/19/06
Nice garden tour! It is a valuable/comforting thought to look around and see evidences of God's original garden-creation still surrounding us. :-)
Melanie Kerr 09/20/06
Beautiful selection of words – in some areas it was more like prose than poetry. I liked the lines about the lighthouse – the sea licking the lip of the earth. It had a powerful message.
Monique Fox11/13/06
Come and post your poetry at Poetry and Poets of God: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/poetryandpoetsofgod/