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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Fire-fighter (10/05/06)

TITLE: Fighting The Fire.
By Allison Millward
10/11/06


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I could tell you that I am your hero -
That I fight to save your lives.
I could tell you I climb tall ladders,
Just to aim and put out the flames.

Oh yes, and I could tell you I rescue your children -
And carry firemen out of the fires.
But that is not what I do -
Yet I am a fire-fighter - you may even know me well.

Deep inside is a burning - such an unquenchable fire -
And I fight to put that fire out - but this one must always burn.
The yearning, longing...oh the desire to follow Him -
I often douse with self indulgences, and the flames almost die out.

I put away the food this fire needs to send it skyhigh -
And I whisper just a word or two, just enough to keep it alive....
I am a lowly fire-fighter with many a good intention -
But that won't keep my fire alight nor set other fires ablaze.


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c clemons10/12/06
I could not decipher exactly who "you" were, was it the spirit of God inside you, or was it your spirit? Rework it a little and I'm sure you can work it out.
Jan Ackerson 10/12/06
You have some great phrases here--like "douse with self-indulgences". I agree, though, that it's a bit unclear who is the narrator of this poem. I'd love to see the re-worked version.
Donna Emery10/15/06
You have some talent and a way with words, but I was also unclear as to the message of the poem.