by Andrew Hanson

by Andrew Hanson
Submitted April 30, 2014

Recently, the Adventist Review ran a poetry contest, judging three categories: hymns, rhyming poetry, and free verse. Our own Andrew Hanson won third prize in the Free Verse category! The Review published twelve winners in a special issue, available in its entirety here: Below is Andy’s winning poem, with Adventist Today’s heartfelt congratulations!

Gray is a Color, Too
Heavenly Father,
On this blustery, rainy, winter morning
Remind us that gray is a color, too
Of  dawn
                        Clouds that bring needed rain
                                    The breasts of doves
            The fur of kittens
                                                Rail fences along country roads
                        Smoke from chimneys
                                                            A favorite coat
Remind us that gray is the color, too
                        Of wisdom
            Life’s mysteries       
                                                Difficult choices
Father of us all, help us to remember that gray is a color, too
                            as we face our individual winters of the soul
Times when the warming sunshine of your love
             does not penetrate our clouds.