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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Tiny Seeds in Hostile Places
By Sandra Petersen


The tiniest of seeds drifts along
Up in the gentle air,
Descends upon a rocky cliff,
And finds some soil there.

The rain and sun both coax the seed
To make a home and sprout.
It gains a foothold on the rock
By spreading roots about.

Small green leaves unfurl from buds,
Attempts to grasp the sky.
Desiring to grow taller
By clutching clouds just floating by.

Tempestuous winds rise from the sea.
Their cruel fingers rake
All the plant-life of the cliff,
The weakest ones to take.

The tender plant, though very small,
Hugs the barren ground.
Its roots will keep it anchored
When howling winds abound.

The snow white blooms of early spring
Appear, then quickly die.
Through summer heat and autumn frost,
The days go swiftly by.

And though the leaves fall to the earth
To show a withered stem,
When winter fails and spring arrives,
The plant will bloom again.

Our faith is like the tiny seed
That grows in a hostile place.
If our roots are deeply set,
We will not be disgraced.

Though our foe may storm about
To steal and then destroy,
When our leaves and blossoms fail,
The Lord restores our joy.

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Helen Paynter05/24/07
Lovely allegory. Forgive me, but I think the meter bumped once or twice. Great images and a good message.
Melanie Kerr 05/24/07
I loved the image of clutching clouds. A lovely poem - I found it an easy read and very inspiring.
Dixie Phillips 05/24/07
My favorite lines were:
Our faith is like the tiny seed
That grows in a hostile place.
If our roots are deeply set,
We will not be disgraced.
This was my favorite poem so far.
william price05/24/07
The snow white blooms of early spring.

I loved that line. Nice job. God bless.
Maxx .05/24/07
very nice lesson, and an enjoyable read. Good job.
Rhonda Clark 05/25/07
This is great. I loved it. One that has kept my attention to the end. Good work.
David Butler 05/26/07
A story with depth and beauty. Having a horticultural background, I can relate.
I guess all of us have had "metric hiccups" to varying degrees, but this flowed well regardless.
Jacquelyn Horne05/27/07
Beautiful, hopeful poetry.
Dee Yoder 05/28/07
I like how your poem creates very specific word pictures; I could almost draw the images (if I had the talent to do it!). A charming poem.
Jan Ackerson 05/29/07
Wonderful extended metaphor, like the parable of the seeds set to verse. Beautiful imagery--nice job!
Benjamin Graber05/29/07
Beautiful metaphor, I really appreciated this picture of our faith. Great job!
Betty Castleberry05/29/07
Oh, this is lovely, both the imagery and the message. I really liked this, and I mean that.
Verna Cole Mitchell 05/29/07
I like very much the history of the seed told in word pictures, and I also like the way you tied it to your message.
Rita Garcia05/30/07
He truly does "restore our joy" thank you for these words of inspiration!
Cassie Memmer05/30/07
Very nice. Great message full of hope. Good job!
Joanne Sher 05/30/07
Beautiful allegory. So many wonderful lines.
Caitlynn Lowe05/30/07
A nice message.
Loren T. Lowery05/30/07
A wonderful parable from the Bible aptly put to verse - great job.