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04/02/08
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Restored

Innocence violently taken,
Leaving nothing but shame.
Words of loath and hate,
And angry acts of force,
Are followed with a look of deep disgust,
For one who desperately needed love.

I wallowed in a heart devoid of love
Its beauty had been taken.
Dark images bled streams of disgust,
Filling my resevoir of shame.
Hope that had been removed by force,
Was now gladly exchanged for hate.

I found refuge in my right to hate,
Justified in my rejection of love.
Giving in to this dark force,
A destructive path was taken.
A thousand deaths were planned in shame,
For the man who sowed my disgust.

But One refused to allow my self imposed disgust,
Or recognize my right to hide within my hate.
He placed in me a need to share my shame,
And in doing so, a tiny seed of love,
Within my shattered soul was taken
To become His healing force.

Within my heart this unseen force,
Whittled away my wall of disgust.
Until hope was released and taken
On my ocean of hate,
In waves of unconditional love,
To cleanse my soul of shame.

Released from my prison of shame,
I stumbled forth.This time not by force,
But supported by His selfless love.
God healed my dependence on disgust.
Once freed from my addiction to hate,
A new path could be taken.

Forgiveness for him who brought my shame, released in me new forces,
Hope, replaced the receding waters of hate, and faith, disempowered my demons of disgust.
I, who was so unworthy, was taken and restored, by His merciful love.


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K. J. Cash 02 Apr 2008
With this poem, you have the opportunity to address an issue that is rarely addressed with justice and that would meet so many needs. Choose your favorite parts of verse 2, verse 3, and verse 4, because for the most part, these three verses repeat the same thought. Then when we come to the restoring work God did in the end of the poem, it is unbelievable because it is a dramatic jump in thinking. What steps did he take the restored person through to reach the point of restoration. See if you can pinpoint that, and then each step will be one verse. I think you've got something here that the world needs. You said this one wrote itself. I believe those are the times God gives us beginnings, and a promise that if we will search, He will bring something deep and wonderul into our understanding. Wonderful writing!!
Judy Wilson 02 Apr 2008
Now rejected by choice, we all have a choice to stay the way we are or let God do a work in us. this is very powerful !
Gerald Shuler  02 Apr 2008
This is a powerful poem. I think you have done a good job of revealing the path to God's healing. I also agree with what Mrs. Cash had to say... with one minor revision. I see the need to rethink verses 2 and 4 but, if verse 2 addresses the fact that this person was a victim and as such, had no cause for guilt, then verse 3 would be a natural flow. She isn't guilty but she has no intentions of forgiving the one who is guilty. Then verse 4 could address her need for love but she is still unwilling to trust anything but hate. But, finally, God's true love conquers even the hardest of hate. I love the poem and, as was stated in the first comment, the world is full of people that need to hear this poem of hope.
LauraLee Shaw 02 Apr 2008
Wow, this is so full of passion and purpose. I was so blessed by reading this.




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