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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Smell (the sense of smell) (07/29/10)

TITLE: A Silent Symphony
By Verna Cole Mitchell


The flowers all together played
A silent symphony,
Where concert of aromas formed
A splendid potpourri.

The garden was a peaceful site,
A place without dissension,
Until the daffodil complained
She never got attention.

She claimed the rose got too much praise,
And others all agreed.
Each thought the fragrance that she bore
Was just as sweet, indeed.

The honeysuckle boasted that,
With sense olfactory,
She was the instigator used
To stir up memory.

The next to join in the debate,
The summer savory,
Revealed how her rich essence could
Improve a recipe.

The chamomile and lemon balm
Were smug as they could be,
When they shared their importance in

The added voice of hyacinth,
Of plum, of peony,
Of jasmine, of gardenia
Became cacophony.

The sage declared cessation to
This mad buffoonery,
Commanding them to work again
As a perfumery.

She said that God gave every one
A scent that was unique
To harmonize a bright bouquet
In His outdoor boutique.

The flowers all together played
A silent symphony,
Where concert of aromas formed
A splendid potpourri.

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Patsy Hallum08/05/10
Splendid! It sang a song to my heart. Thanks
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 08/06/10
This is beautiful and speaks to the passage in the Bible when the body parts are arguing. Beautiful job.
Mariane Holbrook 08/07/10
This is superb and I can just see a group of children on stage, each reciting a different stanza. It might even be set to music.

What a clever and lovely poem!
Patricia Turner08/08/10
This is so clever. I love how you personified each of the plants in such probable ways. I too could imagine children performing this.
Amy Michelle Wiley 08/08/10
It's so true how we tend to think someone else is getting all the attention, or that they are better. A good reminder tha God made us each how we are for a reason.
Charla Diehl 08/09/10
This lovely rhymed poem fit the topic perfectly. Repeating the first verse as the wrap up for this piece was quite effective. Good job.
Sarah Elisabeth 08/09/10
Awesomely beautiful! I loved this from beginning to end.
Joan Campbell08/09/10
Absolutely lovely! Reflected something of human nature and the powerful message that each of us needs to do what God created us to. Loved the "sage" advice at the end - very clever.
Carol Penhorwood 08/10/10
Me thinks this is sensational and will be HIGHLY rated by the judges as well!

You are an expert when it comes to poetry, my friend, and I think this is one of my favorites.

I too thought of the different parts of the body and their importance. I'm sure that's what you intended. Super!
AnneRene' Capp08/10/10
My heart, soul and mind frolicked in the radiance of this melding rainbow of fun!
Edy T Johnson 08/10/10
Dear Poet - you never cease to amaze me with the wealth of creativity lying in wait in your soul. A symphony of fragrances is just ---words fail me! This is designed to be another winner, for sure.
Pat Guy 08/10/10
Very well crafted! I liked Chamomile and Lemon Balm. lol
Sandra Petersen 08/11/10
This is simply excellent! Wonderful rhyme and rhythm. I love how you rhymed some of those multisyllable words. I loved this.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge08/11/10
Extremely creative, flowing, visual, yet stirs the memory of so many delightful scents. Well orchestrated :)
Melanie Kerr 08/11/10
The flowers were not quite the silent symphony your first verse suggested. I would like my garden to be as fragrant.
Lollie Hofer08/11/10
I like how the first verse clashed with what took place next. I thought it was going one way but it took a completely different turn. Great message too. Your meter and rhyme both were both well done.
Ruth Brown08/11/10
I loved every part. You are so talented. Oh to have such talent! Blessings, Ruth
Edmond Ng 08/12/10
What great combination of fragrance the outdoor boutique must be! I like the way you describe the different scent, the aroma and the stirring up of memory.
Yvonne Blake 08/12/10
The repetition of the first stanza is perfect!
Laury Hubrich 08/12/10
Congratulations on your EC!
Jody Day 08/12/10
Just beautiful. Made me want to go outside and 'smell the roses'. Congratulations!
Mona Purvis08/12/10
Verna, I've read this several times this week and enjoyed it fully each time.
Your poetry always has such depth and gives me a longing. Congrats on winning and well deserved!

Sarah Elisabeth 08/12/10
Yay Verna! Such an outstanding poem and well deserved EC. Congrats!
Edy T Johnson 08/12/10
Be sure I get an autographed copy of your book of verses, dear Verna. You are getting them published, right? Congratulations Sister!
Catrina Bradley 08/12/10
So awesome for this topic. Congrats, Verna!