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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Rest (01/17/13)

TITLE: Thoughts While Awake
By Leah Nichols
01/24/13
~4th Place


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In the pale glow of artificial lights
Night mocks me. I know it well;
Some thought, a worry or a hope,
Overtakes that moment between sleep and awake.
My mind, at once alert, closes the remaining gap
Now exposed to its probing of all
It remembers and all it longs to see.
As it contemplates said thought, dreams
Slowly fade, and reality's
Unfettered madness settles in.
Closing my eyes only prolongs the inevitable
Kicking off of the bedsheets,
Silently admitting my defeat by endless musings.

Bowing my head, I lift my prayers,
Ultimately dependent on saving grace
To deliver me, and a promise:

God knows the end from the beginning. No
Oppressive uncertainty or speculation
Disproves His sovereign governance.
Great philosophers, carried away by reasoning's
Insatiable search for meaning, worship
Vainly their own imaginations at the
Expense of sufficient rest. Yet every idea,
Small or great, God perceived in eternity past. Myopic
History we compose, while
In mercy He reveals to every era
Suggestions of knowledge beyond human comprehension.
Lamenting our frailty, we ponder questions answered
Oftentimes before we ask. Our
Variable faith, weakened by sight, might see more
Effortlessly in the darkness,
Dare we listen to His Word in the stillness of night.

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/24/13
You have some mad talent here. I'm super impressed. Just the poem alone is great but then you add Insomnia sucks but God gives his loved sleeplessness see one's(I like how you threw in the apostrophe for the slow ones like me:)peace and rest. Did I get it right? I have to give you kudos on that! I think I spent a lot of time trying to decipher the hidden message. I guess life is often like that, we search and the answer is staring us in the face in bold type nonetheless. Awesome!
CD Swanson 01/25/13
Cleverly written and told.
GOd bless~
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse01/25/13
This must have taken forever. I am incredibly impressed, not only with the creativity, but with the talent as well.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/26/13
I'd like to say I figured it out all on my own, but...well no one would believe me plus it's a sin to lie. For those like me who struggle with things like this, the hidden message is Insomnia sucks--sleeplessness:but see God gives his loved ones peace and rest. And I thought the 's was on purpose. :-) It's still amazing!
Carolyn Ancell01/27/13
Incredibly imaginative, and superbly written. Another WOW!
Ellen Carr 01/28/13
This is very good indeed! Even without the brilliant beginning and ending acrostics (I think that's what they're called) it's words and message are great. Very well done!
Ellen Carr 01/28/13
Whoops - I had to correct a grammatical error in my comment above. Should be 'its' not 'it's'. (Well there may be writers reading this!)
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 01/31/13
Congratulations!!! HAPPY DANCE!!! WHOOT!
Beth LaBuff 01/31/13
Brilliant in concept and execution, Leah! Super congrats on your Editor's Choice award.
CD Swanson 01/31/13
Congrats! God bless~
Bea Edwards 01/31/13
O my, you are a fabulously talented and clever wordsmith!
Thank you for teasing my brain with this amazing double acrostic.