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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)

TITLE: A Tale from the Thornbush
By Margaret Kearley


No waxy petal, soft and curled,
No tight clasped bud, waiting, unfurled,
No radiance of colour bright,
No bursting bloom, breathtaking sight,
No golden fluffy stamen peeps
From slow, unfolding floral deeps,
No glorious dress to wear, adorn –
Instead I bear the piercing thorn.

No sharing in a posy-gift
To express thanks or spirits lift,
No nestling with the blooms that lay
With trembling joy in bride’s bouquet,
No place upon a podium stand
In floral competition grand,
But separate, I stand forlorn
And bear instead a piercing thorn.

No part of Eden’s opening day
In vast Creation’s great array.
Perfection, bliss, I did not see
But with sin’s curse I came to be.
Men shrink from me, each sharp recoil
Reminder is of earth’s despoil:
Pain, suff’ring, sin, a world war-torn
Are symbolised by my sharp thorn.

I saw the day when evil men
Tore thorns from my sharp piercing stem
And weaved the barbs into a crown –
With mocking laugh they pressed it down
Into my Maker’s sinless head –
Silent He bowed, in grief He bled.
He bore the pain, the taunts, the scorn
And regally wore my crown of thorn.

I have no waxy petal curled,
No tight clasped bud, waiting, unfurled,
I have no radiant colour bright,
No bursting bloom of glorious sight,
But I’ve a tale of countless gain:
Wonder! Through thorn-filled grief and pain
The Saviour wore a crown of mine,
To die to bring new life divine.

Redemption on the curse-d tree,
He died so sinners could go free,
And live with Him eternally
In a thorn-free eternity.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/13
Wow! this is simply splendid. I am amazed at the way you were able to weave your words into such a beautiful and heartfelt stanzas. I think your POV was a great take on the topic. This is fresh, creative and beautiful.
C D Swanson 03/14/13
Creative and flowed ever so beautifully. Magnificent!

God bless~
Ellen Carr 03/15/13
This is beautiful. Your use of words, imagery,rhythm and rhyme is excellent and has produced a very moving and lovely poem. Well done!
Loni Bowden-Horn 03/15/13
This was a beautifully written prose that had so much symbolism in it.

It is such a creative take on the crown of thorns Jesus wore from many perspectives.

Your poem depicts the heartache sin has brought in the world.
Fortunately, the curse will end when Jesus comes again.

Beth LaBuff 03/16/13
I LOVE this amazing poem! You display such mastery with images and words, my favorite being, "He bore the pain, the taunts, the scorn --
And regally wore my crown of thorn."
Judith Gayle Smith03/20/13
You should feel my heart beating in response to this beautiful poem. Thank you for touching this old gal.
Christina Banks 03/21/13
Beautiful poem! Congratulations on your EC. Well done!
Myrna Noyes03/21/13
Margaret, this is a stunning poem, both in its composition and in its message! Moving, beautiful, lyrical, touching, inspiring...!!!!! :)

And the last stanza speaks such comfort and hope to us:

"Redemption on the curse-d tree,
He died so sinners could go free,
And live with Him eternally
In a thorn-free eternity."

Brilliant, Spirit-guided writing!! HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR WIN!!
Lillian Rhoades 03/21/13
Much of what could be said, has already been said, except my "Congratulations!"

Alicia Renkema03/21/13
You gave such a vivid, and haunting description of the pain and sadness our Lord endured for us. He surely was stripped and stricken for us; except for those who had eyes to see He was no Rose of Sharon upon the cross as you so eloquently point out. I love how you take your first stanza and bring it back again toward the end, only with the variation of the fact that because Jesus was willing to shed His Godliness for us (not have petals or be a rose but where a crown of thorns instead) that we wouldn't have to wear a crown composed of thorns for our sin. Thank you so much for this priceless poem. I think it is the best poem I have ever read. Your friend in Him, many blessings to you this day...
Beth LaBuff 03/21/13
Congrats, Margaret! Your message stays with the reader long past the reading. It's wonderful to see this amazing entry with an Editor's Choice award.
Bea Edwards 03/21/13
So hauntingly lovely and sad at the same time. Thank you for your profound view of the crown of thorns. Congratulations on your EC win.
Cheryl Harrison03/21/13
Wow. This is art. Beautiful poem. Congratulations on your 2nd place level win and your EC. Great job!
Ellen Carr 03/22/13
Congratulations Margaret on coming 2nd in Masters and in the EC. I wasn't surprised to see this lovely poem do so well.
Linda Goergen03/22/13
Congratulations on your well deserved win! Powerful, vivid, masterfully pinned poem that comes at a perfect time, right before Easter!
Danielle King 03/23/13
Congratulations Margaret. Your God given talent never ceases to amaze me. This poem is truly inspired.
vincent lyons03/23/13
This is a wonderful and imaginative yet truthful statement in great poetic form. It is always a joy to read your poems. God bless you and yours and continue to inspire you to write for Him.
Bonnie Bowden 03/24/13
Congratulations Margaret on your well earned 2nd place EC award. I'm happy to see that poetry played such an important part in this week's selections.

Beautiful and meaningful. I added to my list of favorites.