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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)

TITLE: In Apostle Paul's Footsteps
By Verna Cole Mitchell
02/23/09


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I walked on streets of marble where
Apostle Paul had been
And saw, while in the land of Greece,
The vistas that hed seen.

The beautiful Aegean Sea,
With waves of greenish blue,
Was leaping high to catch the sun
Like playful children do.

Profusely grew the pomegranate,
The fig and olive trees,
Along with poppies, brightest red,
That swayed with every breeze.

Green valleys were abounding,
Where shepherds led their sheep
In shadows of gray mountains,
With inclines sharp and steep.

The temples and stone towers there
Were symbols of the story,
The monuments to bygone days
Of Grecian power and glory.

From harbors resting quietly
To cities that were walled,
I saw so many wondrous sights,
My senses were enthralled

I visited the ancient ruins,
Now under excavation,
And thought how Paul had been here once
To reach a Gentile nation.

I visualized his presence in
The ancient marketplace,
On stone steps and at synagogue,
Each step that Id retrace.

So when I read the letters now
From Pauls inspired pen,
My heart recalls my journey, and
Im back in Greece again.


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Joanne Sher 02/27/09
Beautiful imagery and a lovely cadence to this piece. SOME day I'll go to Greece--this piece reminded me of some of the reasons.
Dee Yoder 03/02/09
So many, many wonderful images in this, Verna! I can almost see the things you saw and feel the things you felt. What a lovely way to commemorate your special journey in Paul's footsteps. I'm with Joanne: it makes me want to go there and see all these things for myself!
Yvonne Blake 03/02/09
It would be great to see those lands written of in the Bible! Thanks for the detailed imagery!
Chely Roach03/02/09
This flowed wonderfully, and was quite lovely. It makes me yearn to see Greece myself. Well done!
Jan Ackerson 03/02/09
Oh, I want to go there, too! This reminded me of that wonderful old song "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked," which was my grandfather's favorite. Beautiful.
Joshua Janoski03/02/09
You know, I had never thought about Paul's trek across some of the European countries. This poem reminded me of them and gave me the desire to go to Greece and re-trace Paul's footsteps myself. Great job!
Bryan Ridenour03/03/09
Makes me want to go there. Great job!
Carol Slider 03/03/09
What a beautiful, vivid poem! I'll have to add Greece to my long list of places I really want to visit!
Diana Dart 03/04/09
Great rhythmn and wonderful imagery. Ditto about the new found desire to visit here.
Sara Harricharan 03/04/09
beautiful, lovely descriptions. I liked the second verse best of all, it just paints a beautiful picture in my mind. Great job! ^_^
Sheri Gordon03/05/09
Congratulations on your EC. You paint a beautiful picture--I want to go.
Yvonne Blake 03/05/09
WOO HOO!!! VERNA J!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I knew it would place high.
Beth LaBuff 03/05/09
What a creative poem. Your vivid descriptions make me want to see it. Congrats on your EC!!!
Linda Watson Owen03/22/09
Oh, Verna, this is so beautiful! You carried your reader on a wonderful trip with this lovely poem. Congratulations on a well deserved EC win!!