I stated one creative writing class with a lesson on juxtaposition: putting two contrasting things next to each other for effect. In this poem, it occurs to me that some of the central truths of the gospel are already framed in terms of juxtapositions. A lot of the power of stories about Jesus is that he is God--and chooses an existence that contrasts sharply with our notions about what a person would do with unimaginable power. I like the way Tanya works with parallel language in some lines for her juxtaposing images.
I was also going to comment on the striking juxtaposition. I love the movement of “falling leaf, falling water, or fallen man.” Thank you Tanya!
I enjoyed the lines with the fallen and broken objects. There is something powerful in saying, "God created all this amazing, huge, majestic stuff, but you are his creation too, and that matters to him."