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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Joy (05/18/06)

TITLE: Stirrings
By
05/23/06


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Stirrings

Inner access
denied

Heart in lock-down
Unexpected,
Unannounced

Sitting on
a sand hill
the breeze lifts strands of
hair off my face

a stirring
a longing shoved aside
Ignored

This spot
nestled in a curve
of lake and beach
It will do

Steal a few moments
before beach towels and noodles
interrupt

The sun
is almost ready
to stretch up, roll out its arms
send tendrils of gold and pinks, lavenders
and blues spilling over the
water and horizon

Whatís that
inside
A holy finger
come to stir
things up?

My soul
Responds
Hesitantly
Iíve been cheaply bought at sunrise before
The promise of freshness,
newness is tempting

Why is
this morning
different?
The birdsí song sweeter?
The air a touch warmer?
My heart softer?

Again, the holy finger curls,
caresses
a weary, worn
fossil where
life left
indents eons ago

Whatís that?
Awakening spirit
splashing inside,
bubbling within as

The sun slips up
the horizon
The moment
joy thrills
my inner landscape

our rays match
and ascend
and declare
itís okay
itís okay
itís okay

A new day


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Lynda Schultz 05/25/06
What a lovely progression. Good work.
Steve Uppendahl05/29/06
I'm not usually big on poetry, but you do an excellent job here.

I really like the last six or seven stanzas, being hesitant, etc.

Great visual effect throughout your work. Nicely done.
Jessica Schmit05/29/06
WOW. Amazing work! I'm extremely impressed. With your talent you won't be in beginners very long. Great message, great poetic flow. GREAT JOB!!!!
Bonnie Derksen06/02/06
Congratulations on your win, Beth. Well done. I felt the sun and sand and heard what you heard as I read. I like the reality that you wove into your piece. As people we often hesitate. Thankfully, our God is faithful and reaches into our "space" inspite of our hesitations.
Sharlyn Guthrie06/02/06
I really like this! I could see and feel everything perfectly! Great word choices! Congratulations on your win!