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A Rose is A Rose


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It’s the end of a long but blessed day with interaction between a bunch of writers who love The Creator. That said, since I’m a bit tired tonight, I’m going to cheat a little and just throw in some previously written poetry. If you like poetry, this should make you happy. 🙂 If you don’t like poetry much, I hope you decide to at least explore my prose to see what you may see.

This first poem breaks away from anything I had ever tried before or since. It is called a Pantoum, and I learned it from a prompt at http://www.tweetspeakpoetry.com. (If you like to write poetry, I recommend following this page on Twitter to stay up with their many prompts.) To write this type of poem, read the detailed instructions by clicking the word, though I found a few different ideas for how they should be written by doing a Google search for the subject. In basic, you’ll notice some repeating lines from one stanza to the next (as required), and you’ll notice the last line of the poem is the same as the first. Here’s my effort…

ALOFT THE PETALS
A Pantoum by Crystal A Murray
July 9th, 2013

The rose lay aloft the petals
Strewn across a bed of fur.
She dug in deep to find the mettle
To dive right in and comfort her.

Strewn across the bed of fur,
A welcome invitation beckons
To dive right in and comfort her;
Should she or not her brain reckons.

A welcome invitation beckons,
Come hither to rest yourself just now.
Should she or not her brain reckons,
Would rest come swift or even allow?

Come hither to rest yourself just now,
Relax and close your weary eyes.
Would rest come swift or even allow,
To sleep and dream and touch the skies?

At last she lay upon the bed,
She dug in deep to find the mettle.
She rested there in colors of red,
The rose lay aloft the petals.

And, since we’re talking about roses, here is a video of one of my favorite songs by Linda Ronstadt, Love is a Rose

This next poem is one of my first attempts at non-rhyming poetry. It’s called A Very Good Rose

A VERY GOOD ROSE
By Crystal A. Murray—(c) 1998
 
Each petal perfectly formed
In the shape of a heart,
With a feel of silk and velvet.
What a creation is God’s beautiful flower…
The rose.
 
Its scent so pure and sweet,
So smoothly it unfolds,
Revealing at its heart
The seed that makes it grow.
 
No matter the color,
No matter the size;
Whether a bud or full bloom;
No matter the differences in perfume,
No matter the thorns that pierce the flesh,
Still, everyone loves the rose.
 
God must look upon this precious creation-
This wonder of beauties.
He must breathe in with its scent
And sigh contentedly.
“Such a great accomplishment.”
“It is good!” He says,
 
“And yet”, He says with another sigh,
“This is not my best work.
I know I can do better.”
 
So, did He create a new rose?
With no thorns?
A stronger scent?
Did He create a never-dying flower?
 
No!
In His greatest moment of creation
God simply grabbed…
A handful of dust
And began to mold it.
 
Suddenly, He caught a glimpse of Himself…
A mirror image.
He molded His new creation
To resemble His own image.
He breathed into it
His own breath.
And behold…
 
God’s greatest creation of all time was born!
“It is very good!” He said, and He rested.

And to bring this to an end, let me share one more video from YouTube. This one is the song What A Friend We Have in Jesus, but it is sung to the tune of The Rose as made popular by Bette Midler. Try singing it to this tune yourself. It works wonderfully, and it feels great to sing…

May God richly bless you with His abundant grace and mercy, and may you walk in His presence all your days until you walk into His presence for eternity.

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