A banner: "mine"

A banner: "mine" 
by Joel Howard

People here and there 
And as I stare
I see beauty not mine 

Men, women and children
Each one different 
Yours, God, not mine 

Today I see You hovering 
Over them to say,
"This one's mine, and this one's mine" 
Your smile over each the same

A banner, God
Creator God, is written on each one 
Your signature, Your blood You poured 
Equally over each one 

As if to say in all unique ways,
"Look there's another one! 
The child I've made in my own way 
bought, paid for, and won

My lover, daughter, son forever
Each one called my own" 
A banner, "mine", from before time
Over every one

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