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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Sunrise Promise
By Verna Cole Mitchell


God paints the path for rising sun
With filigrees of gold
Across expanse of blackest night.
What wonder to behold!

His painting wonít have moon or stars;
Their faces will they hide.
They canít outshine the radiance
When day comes to abide.

Oíer rows of curves and triangles,
Great mountains still asleep,
God streaks a line of lavender;
With pink He makes a sweep.

The Master Artist smudges in
Some luminescent gray.
No earthly craftsman ever could
Such loveliness portray.

He brushes azure all around
And daubs in puffs of white.
The clouds that play in heavenís fields
Are an enchanting sight.

He glides the gilded globe to His
Celestial estate
And sets the golden ball as watch,
A guard at heavenís gate.

He colors rays of richest reds
To glisten on earthís green
And sparkles beads of brilliance in
Reflected oceanís gleam

This picture that our Lord designed
For all the world to see
Is foretaste of forever day
In His eternity.

His masterpiece thatís all aglow
With light ethereal
Will pale to Jesus as He shines,
Our King Imperial.

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Beth LaBuff 07/29/10
Instead of a paintbrush you painted with words. This is gorgeous. I love the ethereal/Imperial rhyme!
Francy Judge 07/29/10
Loved your creative descriptions. This is a poem I'd like to read again. Nice work.
Charla Diehl 07/30/10
This is absolutely beautifully written--the imagery is superb. Great job.
Mariane Holbrook 07/30/10
How absolutely beautiful! I felt like I was watching a master craftsman at work, filling in layer after layer until the painting was complete and perfect. You are indeed a craftsman with words and if this entry doesn't win both EC and your level placement too, then I'll be very sorely disappointed.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/02/10
This is beautiful. The description reminded me of a comment my daughter made. There was a beautiful sunset on my birthday. I told her that was God's birthday present to me. Much later there was a gorgeous sunset and she said,"Look it must be someone's birthday." This poem reminded me of the wonderful gift God gives us everyday.
Laury Hubrich 08/02/10
Am wondering if you can paint pictures as well as you describe them? Awesome poem, as always:)
Colin Swann08/02/10
Thanks for sharing this meaningful rhyme about the Great Artist's wonderful creativity. Great work! Colin
Elizabeth Cain08/02/10
Loved the imagery! As I read it I was amazed at how well it fit the topic, and how descriptive each line was. After I read it I realized how the title worked into the storyóI enjoy those golden nuggets!
My favorite stanza was near the end (actually, it was just the one above the end, and that was the stanza that explained the title =D ). It said that all the beauty God shows us in our Fallen World is just a foreshadowing of the unimaginable beauty of what's to come in the New Earth. I can't wait until then!!!!!
May we bring many others to Christ so that they may share in that glorious day as well!
Joan Campbell08/02/10
Such a beautiful poem! To me, nothing speaks of God's glory as well as a sunrise - you captured it in all its majesty.
Rachel Phelps08/02/10
Beautiful. So perfect for this topic. Loved it.
AnneRene' Capp08/02/10
What a colorful and exquisite portrait of beauty. God's beauty! Loved forever day and the clouds that play in heaven's fields.
Sarah Elisabeth 08/03/10
I hope someday I can write descriptions half as well as you, Verna! Simply beautiful
Phee Paradise 08/04/10
I never get up early enough to see a sunrise. But now I know what I'm missing. Thank you.
Carol Penhorwood 08/04/10
Yes, you truly are an artist with words. I too will be very surprised if this doesn't end up an EC! Beautiful!
Cheryl Harrison08/04/10
Beautiful... especially loved the ending. Nothing we can see on this side of eternity will compare to seeing Jesus face to face! Thanks so much.
Lollie Hofer08/04/10
Absolutely brilliant and lovely. I could see all of it...your imagery is powerful and you painted a beautiful picture with words.
Edmond Ng 08/04/10
Our heavenly Painter and Artist whose brush brings forth His masterpiece. A poem beautifully written—describing the great magnificence of His creation!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/05/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and in the top 40 overall!