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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: TREES 'N' REASON
By Janis Lord
12/11/05


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Written in memory of James Allen Smith (September 9, 1948 – November 22, 2005) whose beloved trees and all nature was so much a part of him.

“And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground – trees
that were pleasing to the eye and good for food…”
Genesis 2:9 (NIV)


TREES ‘N’ REASON


Trees ~ rooted, grounded and established,
Like our faith, producing good fruit as well.
Trees abounding . ~ Reason resounding,
Ringing o’er mountains and through the dell.

Hearty conifers with snow laden boughs,
Providing refuge for God’s creatures.
Bird and rabbit both inhabit,
All enjoying God’s winters’features.

The Scotch, White, and Ponderosa Pine
Offer fragrance wafting in the breeze.
A walk through pine carpeted stillness
Brings peace and sets one’s mind at ease.

The autumn aspens leave us breathless,
Bringing eye-pleasure of twinkling fun,
Listening to sounds of whispering gold,
Exchanging their secrets in the sun.

Sequoias’ girths awake our wonder
To what mysteries lie in their rings.
Ancient towers reaching toward heaven,
Reminding us why “all nature sings.”

In Midwestern and New England springs,
Where maples’clear sap, drips into taps,
Then collected, boiled to dark sweet brown,
Share their store after long winter naps.

Oh, but wait! Maples give so much more.
Cool, leafy green shade in summer heat,
Or lumber turned into floor or door,
Maybe, a stool for a teacher’s seat.

Maples bedazzle our eyes in the fall,
Bright crimson, orange, yellow, and brown,
Leaves ~ an array of God’s great splendor.
When the season ends, He calls them down.

So if you believe those words are true.
“It’s only God who can make a tree,”
Then His design had us all in mind,
When He fashioned you and me.

And…If our God has a purpose planned
For every tree in all the seasons,
How much should we, his children, trust that
Our lives have seasons, with God’s own reasons?


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Marilyn Schnepp 12/12/05
Alot of effort went into this poetic Challenge regarding "trees"; and it was well done, even if it did not flow perfectly in every verse. You told the story of the tree so well, and the different varieties. Very interesting, very informative and a very good job. I liked it. Thank you for sharing and God BLess.
Ronald Mosby12/14/05
This is wonderful! The line "All enjoying God’s winters’features" seems awkward. Also, the transition from the trees to man at the end is worthy of a greater explanation. I did enjoy reading this!