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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Time (11/15/12)

TITLE: Time Ticks the Tale
By Myrna Noyes
~3rd Place


Time is of the essence
For those of us who are clothed in flesh,
Whose spirit dwells in a temporary tent
Built of blood and bones.
We are born, live, and die,
Drawing our first and final breaths
Within its rigid boundaries.

Sun, moon, and stars regulate time and tide,
Night and day, new moons and seasons.
Calendars indicate the distinctions
Between our days, weeks, and months.
Clocks and watches methodically mark
Our seconds, minutes, and hours
On this spinning blue ball called Earth.

Solomon, the Sage of Scripture,
Announces a season for all things--
Time to kill and die, weep and mourn,
Hate and make war, uproot and tear down.
But also to laugh and dance, build and mend,
Love and embrace, heal and make peace.
Happy/Sad. Good/Bad. This is life.

So many worship "Father Time,"
Instead of time's Father,
Living a strictly measured life
Constrained by schedules, appointments,
Alarm clocks and Daytimers.
Do this. Stop that. Be here. Go there.
We mustn't even stop for air.

Time ticks the tale of our sojourn here.
Will we wantonly waste it,
Or will it be God-guided and well-spent?
Do we whine and moan for "more time,"
When we should be longing and praying
For no more time at all--ever again,
Being swallowed up by vast, endless Eternity?

One day a celestial trumpet blast
Will shatter this world's hourglass,
Loosing us from Time's greedy grasp
To soar unbounded, free at last.

Accept Jesus as Your Savior Right Now and be Certain of Eternal Life.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/23/12
Wow! This gives me goosebumps for so many different reasons. I'm in awe of your ability to weave the words into poetry. I also am hit in the face with my death phobia and how silly it is. Though it won't make it go away instantly, your words are a wonderful step in healing my hidden angst.
Beth LaBuff 11/24/12
Your word choices are wonderful in this eloquent poem. The stanza that begins with, "So many worship "Father Time," - Instead of time's Father" gave this reader reason to stop and take it in. I LOVE your ending stanza. What a powerful message.
Darleen Coon11/25/12
Absolutely Beautiful!
Ellen Carr 11/26/12
Your poem has a great message. My favorite verse is the last one but the others build up nicely to that one. Well done.
Loren T. Lowery11/26/12
Profound and eloquent - truly inspired bringing to the forefront an undeniable truth.
Great job!
Noel Mitaxa 11/26/12
Wow! You have packed so much into such a short entry, and I love the sweet contrast between Father Time and time's Father. Great work.
Camille (C D) Swanson 11/27/12
Clever and powerful. Thanks.
God bless~
Bea Edwards 11/28/12
This is a wonderful description of the topic in a poetic tapestry of words. Loved it!
Loren T. Lowery11/29/12
So happy to see this win for you, Myrna - especially in this poetic genre. Great job and a big congratulations for his placement!
Danielle King 11/29/12
WOW! This is profound! Truly captivating. I hung onto every word. A very well deserved win!

Margaret Kearley 11/29/12
Oh Myrna, this is amazing. What incredible reminders and what a challenger to 'number our days'. Wonderful writing, so decsriptive. Many congratulations on your well earned placing. Thank you too for your kind comments.
Beth LaBuff 11/29/12
Super congrats, Myrna, on your Editor's Choice with this wonderful message.
Ellen Carr 12/03/12
Congratulations on your well-deserved 3rd place. Well done.