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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Hum (06/06/13)

TITLE: The Lord is My Shepherd
By Margaret Kearley
06/13/13
~1st Place


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His tone,
His word,
His call
Of ‘Come’,
The tuneful harmony
He’ll hum
Are recognised
Immediately
By His own sheep,
Though stubbornly
Some choose
To leave
His chosen track
Till he, in patience,
Draws them back.
His wounds, His scars,
Recount and show
The reason why
I love him so…


The morn was bright, the sun blazed high,
The stony path lay dusty, dry,
Creating thirst for crystal stream
And hunger for a meadow green.
Ahead, His step of measured pace
Trod thoughtfully the stony place
With care, that e’en the weakest sheep
Should stay in step, and ably keep
In safety with the family flock
Amongst the flinty craggy rock.

Pre-occupied by longings for
A luscious green fertile pasture
I dawdled, till my wandering eye
Espied another path nearby.
An easier track? I stepped aside
To find green growth by the wayside:
New tufted root, wild leaf and flower
To occupy a passing hour.
Oblivious of danger, still
I wandered far the hostile hill.

As evening drew, a sultry gloom
Cast threatening shadows and a doom-
Filled fear that I was quite alone,
Treading a dangerous path unknown.
A baying howl, a roar or two,
Drew closer and the danger grew,
The fleeing dusk gave way to night,
Heightening the terror of my plight.
I trembling cried, in fear and cold,
‘O Shepherd, how I miss your fold.’

The chill of early morning blew
In swathes of misty grey and blue
Around the ledge on which I lay
Where cliff below dropped sheer away.
My dark-night fall, my cry, my groan,
All, all, unseen, unheard, unknown?
O misted dream? Or did my ear
Detect that tune, loved, precious, dear,
Music unique, melodious hum,
Rich harmony that calls ‘I come.’

He came! My shepherd journeyed wide,
Traversed the open countryside -
The hill, the valley, cliffside steep -
To find his loved and wayward sheep.
He came, to where I woundedly
Lay battered, then He carried me
With loving care and tender hold
Over the miles, back to the fold.
And all that long long journey home
I listened to His joyful hum.

His tone,
His word,
His call
Of ‘Come’,
The tuneful harmony
He’ll hum
Are recognised
Immediately
By all His sheep,
But most, by me!
No other sheep
Keeps closer to
The Shepherd
Than I try to do.
Each intonation,
Rise and fall,
Of that blessed tune,
I’d know them all.
‘ O Shepherd
Keep me from all wrong
So always I can
Hear your song.’



Luke 15:1-7
John 10:11

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Fiona Stevenson06/16/13
Beautiful.God bless you.
Genia Gilbert06/17/13
Haven't we all found ourselves as "wandering sheep?" Our good Shepherd is so gracious to keep bringing us back to His safe fold. Good writing!
Rachel Malcolm 06/17/13
I can totally relate to being the lost lamb and the joy in hearing the Master's voice! What a powerful theme!
Andrea Van Ye 06/17/13
i loved this! 'oblivious of danger still, i wandered far the hostile hill.' so true! thanks for blessing me with this gift from God!
Ellen Carr 06/18/13
I enjoyed your lovely poem about the sheep that wandered away very much. Lovely rhymes and rhythms and, of course, a wonderful message! Thank you!
harvestgal Ndaguba06/18/13
Loved the flow. Such beautiful poetry.
Danielle King 06/18/13
Simply beautiful and a wonderful message. You have a gift for poetry.
Karen Pourbabaee 06/19/13
Classic, exquisitely penned,and what a timeless and comforting message...it really hummed in my spirit!
Linda Berg06/20/13
An accurate portrayal of our relationship with our Savior. Such a simple truth that we are like sheep. Such a joyful awareness that He is our shepherd and can draw us from our own inability to see danger.

This piece touched my heart.

Verna Cole Mitchell 06/20/13
Congratulations on well-deserved EC for this magnificent poem!
Karen Pourbabaee 06/20/13
Wise judges for honoring your vividly portrayed poem with a 1st place ribbon!Reading it and imagining the Shepherd's rescue just makes me smile:)
Beth LaBuff 06/20/13
Margaret, your writing is eloquent, vivid, and with perfect meter. This is gorgeous work. Amazing and what a message! I love it. Congrats on your EC (top of the list).
Genia Gilbert06/20/13
Congratulations! So well deserved, and best of all, draws us closer to the Shepherd. Thanks.
Lillian Rhoades 06/20/13
This is classic Ken. In my book you list among the Amy Carmichaels of Christian poetry.To say congratulations for such a beautifully crafted work of art is an understatement.:-)
Lillian Rhoades 06/20/13
Margaret,a big OOPS and a red face! But to think I was reading Ken's poem is the ultimate compliment I could give to you. Well done!!!
Danielle King 06/20/13
A huge congratulations to you Margaret. Your poetry is inspired and a blessing to read.
Kenn Allan06/20/13
Wow - VERY nice! A well-deserved win.
Charla Diehl 06/20/13
This is superb in every way. Each carefully chosen word fit neatly into each verse, speaking clearly and loudly into my soul.
Congratulations on taking first place with this well-crafted and heart-gripping entry. This one is worth a second read.
Bea Edwards 06/20/13
Such a lovely, haunting piece. Thank you for creating this masterpiece of love.
Congratulations on your EC win!
Noel Mitaxa 06/20/13
This is an inspiring invitation to intimacy with Jesus. Beautifully crafted work, and well deserving of your win.
Lisa Johnson 06/20/13
Absolutely beautiful!!!
A well deserved 1st place on level and EC!!! Congratulations!
Ellen Carr 06/21/13
Congratulations Margaret on your well-deserved 1st place! As I said in my previous comment, it is a lovely poem in all ways.
A B07/05/13
A beautiful masterpiece and wonderful testimony to the tender love and care of our great Shepherd. I am going to read it over again to let your words minister to my soul. A well deserved ribbon. Love Deb