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

TITLE: Consumed
By Stacey LaMontagne
10/12/06


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Defeated

Darkness surrounds me.
I feel alone here.
Coldness clings to my breath
as I sigh deeply and
lie motionless and aching.

Sinful

Battle lines were drawn.
clanging swords
flaming arrows
blood stained earth
confusion and helplessness

Guilt and shame

Charred
exhausted
surrender
peace

Where am I?
What happened?
Is anyone there?
Can you hear me?

Denial

Blurry eyes open seeking
looking for a point of reference
something to jog the mind
clear the head of this fog.

Awareness

OH, no!
Did I do that?
Why did I let it out?
What can I do now?

Move
I must move.
Struggling
Fighting

Seeking

Light
I need light.
Reaching
Striking

This flame burns so low.
How can I see?
I need more light.
But, how?

Yes, I hear it.
Singing softly
Fog lifting
Tears staining

Worship

I will lift my voice
to worship you
my King
for you are my God.

Upon my knees
at His feet
light grows
sight restored

Hands lifted high
strength returning
wounds healing
cleansing

And He speaks

Fires of sin brought you low
Anger raged
became inflamed
Lives were charred.
My fire purifies.
I will burn away
refine your heart
make you new.

I AM a consuming fire.
Come to me
surrender to my flames.
Donít be a fire fighter.

Let my Holy fire fall.
Quench not my Spirit.
Be consumed by me.
You are my beloved one.


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Everest Alexander10/12/06
I found this piece original and moving! I liked it! You have skill as a writer! keep up the good work!
Sara Harricharan 10/12/06
This was beautiful. I really enjoyed the flow and meaning. You have a gift for crafting words!
Jan Ackerson 10/12/06
Very good progression here--I'm curious why you chose "defeated" as the title, as the essence of the poem is the victory.
Stacey LaMontagne10/12/06
I think the title is "Consumed". It appears the Defeated is a title for the section. There are titles for different sections. Interesting idea?
James Donovan10/14/06
I might have titled it "Be Consumed," but I liked the general flow from a position of defeat to one of victory through yielding to Christ's purification process. Nice piece!
Allison Millward10/14/06
I found this really interesting and "colourful". It kept my interest and I love how you write.