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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Expose (08/22/13)

TITLE: Survival
By Verna Cole Mitchell
08/27/13


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The tiny violet survives
Despite exposure to
The onslaughts of the arsenal
Of nature’s transient whims.
In days of drought,
Streaming rays of relentless sun
Crinkle and wrinkle
Her delicate blooms
And shrivel
Her purple perfection.
When come the storms,
Punishing drops of rain
Pelt mercilessly down
To tear her tender petals.
She dances lightly to
The tune of the wind
Till its lilting breath
Becomes a ferocious blast,
That twists her slender stalk
And blows her beaten blossoms
Onto the soggy ground—
Mangled bits of color
And light aroma,
To be stomped on
By a careless boot.
Her stem, though bent,
Is not broken,
And she is still alive.
From the sustenance
Found in her roots,
New buds arrive.
With sleepy eyes
To greet a gentler sun
And welcome with
Sheltering green leaves
Soft rains of nourishment.
And then as she stands open
To the healing touch of nature,
Sweet violet revives.


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Joanne Sher 09/02/13
This is beautiful, and such great imagery for the Christian walk. Lovely.
Camille (C D) Swanson 09/04/13
So sweet and truly poetic in every sense of the meaning and message.

God bless~
Camille (C D) Swanson 09/05/13
Congratulations! God bless~
Linda Goergen09/05/13
Congratulations Verna on your well deserved EC win! Beautiful imagery as you show the strength of the delicate looking tiny violet! Great job!
Noel Mitaxa 09/05/13
You've brought out the persistence of beauty - despite the challenges it faces. Congratulations on your win.
Tracy Nunes 09/06/13
Isn't this so like us all? Beaten down by life but there remains a God spark ready to bring us back to life. I really enjoyed this. Congratulations!
Charla Diehl 09/06/13
You painted every floral scene in detail with your beautifully crafted words. How delicate the flower, yet God cares for all of creation---and we, His children are the parallel to the fragile petals as life hands us trials and struggles. This piece certainly deserved the recognition it received. I'm clapping for you.
Bea Edwards 09/07/13
Delightful and lovely as it rolled past my tongue.
Congratulations on you EC placing.
Catrina Bradley 09/07/13
I was so caught up that I forgot to breathe. Stunning.