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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: rain (10/17/05)

TITLE: It Rained...
By Shelly Robinson
10/21/05


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It rained. And then, it rained.

Tears fell in remembrance of my brother,
Who took his own life seven years ago.
Turmoil struck the heart of our family.
Grief and guilt became our family creed.
No reason stated, no answers found.
One life lost, four desperately wounded.
It rained.

A mother’s joy turned into mourning.
A household divided, torn asunder by blame.
Strife and animosity left to finish the task,
Kill them all – from the inside out.
Daily prayer was the weapon of choice.
“Keep the rest us alive until truth be revealed.”
Continuously, it rained.

The freshness of comfort, the newness of truth found.
A reason for his insanity, and the devil’s troops disarmed.
Family guilt removed, strife and grief have no place.
God’s faithfulness realized. Patience performed a perfect work.
Showered by His grace, His presence, His love.
We now know, and life can be lived again. Yes, it rained….
And then, it rained.


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Michelle Fout10/24/05
Having lost a brother to suicide, I found this to be an exact mark. Sometimes it feels that it will never stop raining. And sometimes that is a good thing.
I liked the disconnect of sentences, that it wasn't trying to be poem but rather an expression of emotion.
If this was from the heart of experience, my heart goes out to you.
God bless and keep writing it out.
Jan Ackerson 10/25/05
Very subtle, the switch from a sorrowful rain to a cleansing rain. Done with grace and style. You didn't smack your readers over the head with the answers you found, just blessed us that you found them. Beautifully crafted.
terri tiffany10/28/05
Well done. You took a difficult topic and developed hope from it. thank you!
dub W10/30/05
A lot of class and style in this heavy subject. I like the way it was handled, and the way a transition from one mood to another. Good work.