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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: At Wit’s End (02/13/14)

TITLE: Merciful Admiral
By Maura J. Merrigan
02/19/14


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Wanderers roam desert and sea
With heavy hopes carried in cart
Sailing streams in life carelessly
At wit´s end we’re steered to your heart

Monstrous waves toss to sitting clouds
Dragon winds pull to deepest parts
Oh, such trepidation allowed
At wit´s end we’re steered to your heart

No more safely sleeping in berth
Between the devil and sea´s charts
In thy word we put all our worth
At wit´s end we´re steered to your heart

Manropes nor helm save our senses
Cries of final destiny start
Promised prayers for our defenses
At wit´s end we´re steered to your heart

Almighty word stills high waters
Reflections on your gracious art
Saving all your sons and daughters
At wit´s end we´re steered to your heart

Now steadfast anchor deters drifts
Love flickers light and fear departs
Buoyant words are thy loving gifts
At wit´s end we´re steered to your heart

Oh Most Merciful Admiral
Navigate us past stormy darts
To trust and know thy perfect will
At wit´s end we´re steered to your heart

¨Others went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. They saw the works of the Lord, His wonderful deeds in the deep. For He broke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wit´s end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm. And He guided them to their desired haven. ¨ Psalm 107: 23-30

Author´s Notes: An `abab` Kyrielle Poem based on Psalm 107; In the Lord´s great mercy He will deliver us from life´s problems!
Admiral: The highest rank of naval officers
Berth: sleeping quarters on a ship
Buoy: lighted float to guide ships
Manrope: ropes stretched out on deck to guide walking and balance¨
¨Between the devil and the sea¨: a sailors phrase when a ship careens on its side
Helm: ships steering device


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Camille (C D) Swanson 02/21/14
Powerfully entertaining in a somber and resourceful way. Nicely done.

God bless~
Beth LaBuff 02/24/14
I love this! Your word choices are so eloquent. You've majestically written poetic verse for this Bible event. How cool that the ESV actually uses "wit's end" in its version! Your title is excellent!
Larry Whittington02/24/14
Good poem. Nicely written. It is God's Holy Spirit who convicts us of sin and righteousness. It is up to us to choose to come to his heart in obedience.

I like the consistent last line.
Norma-Anne Hough 02/25/14
Loved your second last verse. Very powerful.
Well done and well written.
Thanks for your info at the end. Very interesting.
Blessings
Norms
Camille (C D) Swanson 02/27/14
Congratulations!

God bless~