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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: Cloud Paintings by Artist Almighty
By Verna Cole Mitchell
03/16/10


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What we saw on a mountain drive,
A view that did amaze us,
The scientists might classify
As cirrus, stratus, nimbus.

Away beyond the cabins that
Sat lonely on the hills
Were clouds of such variety,
Their awesomeness brought chills.

There were so many kinds of shapes
Of different design,
That students of geometry
Would not dare to define.

Light fluffy villages of clouds
In white were pushed away--
Invasions, usurpations made
By soldier clouds of gray.

Chef Sun placed creamy frosting on
A rich vanilla cake,
Heaped high with many layers on
A gleaming china plate.

With bags of rain the burdened clouds
Were rolling, racing, gliding.
Suspended by their unseen threads,
They merged without colliding.

A blue sky battled constantly
For places to peek through.
Between the bearded faces,
He made a brave debut.

These scenes of beauty wowed us
And stirred imagination,
This sky show’s presentation by
The God of all creation.


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Charla Diehl 03/18/10
Simple, lovely and delightful all at the same time.
Jackie Wilson03/19/10
Your view of the clouds was so engaging! Enjoyed from start to finish. Thanks!
Lori Othouse 03/21/10
Great imagery!! Truly a delight to read!
AnneRene' Capp 03/22/10
Enjoyed your imaginative creativity. You "stirred my imagination". Since I enjoy watching clouds, anyway, I was captivated by your following description:
Light fluffy villages of clouds
In white were pushed away--
Invasions, usurpations made
By soldier clouds of gray.
william price03/22/10
Why did I want to enter a poem this week?
Great job. It's perfect in every way. You're cloud references reminded of my last meteorology class. Excellent. God bless.
Marita Vandertogt03/22/10
I could see all the cloud pictures in the sky - especially the soldiers in grey. Great imagery!
Beth LaBuff 03/22/10
I love your use of metaphors in this gorgeous poem! (especially the gray soldier clouds... and the chef sun) Exquisite work, Verna!
Loren T. Lowery03/22/10
"These scenes of beauty wowed us
And stirred imagination,
This sky show’s presentation by
The God of all creation."

Your last stanza speaks so well to me. Clouds are a key to unlock the imagination - free to soar and believe. God's presence keenly observed by simply looking up.

Loved it!
Yvonne Blake 03/23/10
Beautiful! I liked this stanza-

"Chef Sun placed creamy frosting on
A rich vanilla cake,
Heaped high with many layers on
A gleaming china plate."
Rachel Phelps03/23/10
Simply wonderful!
Carol Slider 03/23/10
Lovely, lovely cloud formation imagery! You described them all so well, I could visualize each one. Beautiful and evocative from start to finish!
Eliza Evans 03/24/10
I live in big sky Alberta, so I know the awesomeness of which you write.

Just such a lovely tribute, Verna. I was going to quote one stanza but I love them all. Great stuff!

The Artist is an artist through you, dear and we are blessed.

Thank you.
Sara Harricharan 03/24/10
This made me laugh! Especially the last line in the first verse with the stratus and nimbus. ^_^ Fun read!
Mona Purvis03/24/10
Splendid from first line to last.
Soldier clouds of gray...love that thought.
Artist Almighty has blessed you with such talent and heart.

Mona
Patricia Turner03/24/10
This poem engaged all of the senses, even taste with the reference to frosting. I love to watch the artistry the Almighty Artist creates in the sky above so your poem really hit a sweet spot for me. Absolute talent in every stanza.
Sarah Elisabeth 03/24/10
As a cloud watching lover, I really appreciated all the creative descriptions, excellent job!
Linda Wright03/25/10
An absolutely lovely poem! Very creative. I could picture this scene very well and it was beautiful.
Carol Penhorwood 04/20/10
Such beautiful imagery and vivid imagination shown with this piece. Another delight!