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Topic: Design (01/19/04)

TITLE: This Child
By Donna Anderson
01/23/04

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Did you whisper,
did you shout or
did you sing the world about?
Did your smile fashion the sun?
Did you design my dreams when that day was done?
Did you sigh and set the stars into the night?
And when you called the dawn did the songbird
take flight?

When you willed the wildflower and the creatures of the deep-
when you poured the winding rivers
where you contemplating
me?

When you raised the Redwoods and charged the mighty mountains to stand
were all your young men champions;
my own sons
valiant soldiers in your plan?

Did your daughters dance across your heart
when you decorated Eden?
Were you tending heaven's garden when you arranged the way they'd grow?
When you planted morning glories
my own daughters
did you know?

When your only Begotten grew in the womb of sweetest Mary
were you then-
even then
with this beloved, son
I carry?

How I love that you're my Father.
I delight in the works of your hands-
Creator of all that's living,
Maker of all that I am.

I dedicate this child to You,
I trust Lord, I believe
as I lay him down on your alter of love
that you'll color his days
and design all his dreams.


Member Comments
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Kathy Pollock01/26/04
Oh, I love the whole thing, but especially your beginning. Great job!!!!!!!!!!1
Violet Nesdoly01/28/04
Nice writing, Donna! - a lyrical psalm. I love these lines: "Did your daughters dance across your heart
when you decorated Eden?"
and many others!
L.M. Lee01/31/04
reminds me of the Songs of Solomon...very nice.
Mary Elder-Criss01/31/04
When you planted morning glories
my own daughters
did you know?
This whole poem is absolutely beautiful..I, like Kathy, love your beginning..but the above stanza truly touched my heart as well. God bless, wonderful job.
Dave Wagner03/05/04
Very solid, and well expressed. The second half, especially. Once it starts to flow, it get's going very well. I love where it ends up going.

Nice indeed.