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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bold (emotionally) (08/30/07)

TITLE: Before
By JoAnne Potter
08/31/07


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Before
8/30/07

When Assyrian blasphemy burned the ears of the king,
driving him through the temple gates
prostrate in disgrace,
Isaiah, God's voice, assured,
"Do not fear."

When Ahaz defended Jerusalem from smoldering stubs,
shaking the hearts of the people
like trees in the wind,
Isaiah, God's voice, proclaimed,
"Faint not."

When Sennacherib's one hundred eighty-five thousand men
fell to Hezekiah's prayer
and the angel's sword,
Isaiah, God's voice, revealed,
"I will save."

When Babylon surveyed Jerusalem's storehouse,
then sacked the too-content king,
and burned city to ash,
Isaiah, God's voice, thundered,
"Prepare the way."

But before Isaiah's long years of prophecy,
Even before Uzziah's dirge
had scarce died away,
no man would speak for the Lord.
Silence.

Then did meek Isaiah see the Lord robed in glory,
ringed by six dreadful angels crying,
"Holy! Holy! Holy!"
Above the praise, God asked,
"Who will go?"

Isaiah, ruined, fell as heaven's threshold shook
and cowered beneath his sin.
But God's salvation flamed
and Isaiah, with blistered lips, declared,
"Send me."

From 2 Kings 18:28-19-7, Isaiah 6:1-12, 7:1-4, 37:1-28, 39:1-8 NIV


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Peter Stone09/08/07
You did a great job of painting the background situation leading to the boldness of Isaiah.
c clemons09/09/07
Very, very, good! Nuff said.
Linda Watson Owen09/10/07
Oh, I like this! Effective use of repetition in your structure, then variation. I'm not sure about the title's effectiveness, but titles are hardest for me to decide on in my own writing, so maybe yours is fine. I look forward to reading more of your work! Great job!
Dee Yoder 09/11/07
Wow! I love it. I especially like that last stanza;so powerful and pitiable at the same time with Isaiah shaking in his sin, but willing to do the Lord's work. This is really good!
Sheri Gordon09/12/07
This is really, really good. Nice writing. Great with the topic.