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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: The Word from the Beginning
By Beth LaBuff
01/15/07


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Words written, some in flowery script,
Others, with backhand slant,
A message conveyed, put forth to one,
Some timeless, some elegant.

Notes tacked on frig and walls,
Childhood scribbles of X’s and O’s,
Alphabet letters, treasured by Mom,
That little hands did compose.

With the stroke of a pen, calligraphy,
Granting pursuit of happiness and life,
A document, for “we the people”
Declaring freedom, born in strife.

But there is a greater Writing,
A Message sent from God,
He’s the Word from the Beginning.
Root from dry ground, Jesse’s rod.

The Word from the Beginning
Was Deity and with God.
He became human, was flesh and blood.
This Composition -- holy, unflawed.

His writing, in this human form,
Was not beautiful, but despised,
Bruised and wounded Penmanship,
A Testament revised.

With a stroke of the whip, He wrote in stripes,
With scourging, this Word was penned.
Grace and Truth was stricken by God,
The notice read -- “Condemned”.

There was no shorthand shortcut,
No rough draft practice writing.
Final copy, once for all,
A pleading Word, inviting.

Naked Word, on the cross.
Shame flowed in a flood.
Then the Word from the Beginning,
Wrote my name in blood.

(inspiration from John 1:1 and the Bible)


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Beverly Caviness01/18/07
I like the way the writer worked the thoughts from a child's begging writings to the the Word that came down to earth. The WORD was put on the cross - the written words on the cross and the Word made flesh.
Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
A powerful poem--I like that you explored so many aspects of writing and the Word.

Some minor metrical edits might make this even stronger.

Very well done.
Leigh MacKelvey01/22/07
A very well thought out poem.
I loved the stanza aout the Declaration of Independence and then of course the stanza about the begginning of all writng. Nicely done.
Crista Darr01/25/07
The message in this poem is both beautiful and profound. Your piece will be stronger if you choose strong, visual words. Get your thesaurus out and dig. Be encouraged. This is great work!!
Jacquelyn Horne09/19/07
A very inspirational poem here.