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Martha Eitzen

Merit Award 2007 Utmost Christian Poetry Contest $50

About this Christian Poet:
Martha Eitzen is a poet from Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Through the windows where I write, I look out over the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. From this beauty, I am driven to expression through the arts. My creativity has morphed from dress design to calligraphy, then to interior design and now writing. I aspire to become a writer that speaks "words of life," so that readers seek God more than before—in new and creative ways. "Death and life are in the power of the tongue" as it says in Proverbs.

It was during the planning stages of a Christian women's retreat that I was compelled to write, "I Walked in the Garden of God." The words symbolize the "perfect moments" we experience on earth that reveal glimpses of the paradise we will one day encounter in eternity.

I Walked in the Garden of God

I walked in the Garden of God and sat beneath the Tree of Life
        And it was like diving into a pool of crystalline, pure spring water
        Cool, refreshing, exhilarating
        Sliding, gliding in and out of filtered sunrays
        Gazing at another world,
        Experiencing the lightness of being
        Until the mirrored surface kissed my face…
        And I received His Love.

I sat beneath the Tree of Life
        And it was like riding the ultimate wave
        Mighty, rushing, thrilling,
        Sighting the approaching swell, waiting to feel the rolling force
        Racing for the crest, rocketing toward shore
        Gloriously sailing with the power
        Until the sand once again settled beneath my feet…
        And I received His Love.

I sat beneath the Tree of Life
        And it was like dancing the perfect dance with the ideal partner
        Harmony, flowing with grace, completely in sync
        Gliding intuitively,
        Never knowing the next step until it happens
        Poignantly expressing a seamless union
        Until the beautiful music played its final note…
        And I received His Love.

I sat beneath the Tree of Life
        And it was like restoring a love desperately believed was lost
        Relief, utter joy, complete surprise
        Starting over with a renewed passion, seeing with new eyes
        Grasping what it means, “never take it for granted”
        Vowing to a committed love no matter what the cost
        Until death do us part...
        And I received His Love.

I sat beneath the Tree of Life
        And it was like the story of a young woman suffering a pain-filled death
        Hopeless, heart-wrenching, utterly despairing
        Losing youth and beauty to an insatiable enemy
        But hearing of a man willing to save her life by losing His
        Confounded by a stranger’s sacrifice, experiencing grace in all its wonder
        Until gratefulness turned to weeping adoration.

I walked in the Garden of God and sat beneath the Tree of Life
        There is no place on earth that nears its rare and glorious beauty...
                And I received His Love.

Copyright ©2007 by Martha Eitzen