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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Twilight Years of Life (07/02/09)

TITLE: LAST LOOK
By Bryan Rudolph
07/09/09


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LAST LOOK


We free you to see yourself, as unabashedly as others have always seen you;

And provide the portal from being what you were to knowing what that means.

We expose the caricatures of comforting false beliefs youíve allowed to flourish within;

And smooth the scars of misspent intentions, unattended blemishes, and secret sorrows shunned.

We sober you with lucid knowledge that more of you is now buried to memory than what remains to be claimed;

And stimulate your conscience to repent of harm your wanton choices have brought yourself and others.

We release remarkable reservoirs of mind, in compensation for deepening deprivations of body;

And afford you the insight to extract core truths, instead of entertaining deceptive feelings of unknown design;

We shake loose your defeatist patterns of detailed dreams delayed;

And rewrite the shrinking signature you became into the providential poem you become.

We soften your heart to yearn for God with certitude of how little you have done or shall ever do, by yourself, for yourself;

And yield your knees to earth and head to heaven, so to render your destiny from the illusory and temporal to the authentic and eternal.

We awaken and adjust, counsel and console;

And who are we?

We are your final years, of this lifeís last look.



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BAYO OMOYIOLA, JR07/09/09
Beautifully written
Mildred Sheldon07/10/09
Beautifully written. Keep up the good work.
Dee Yoder 07/11/09
So much truth and honesty, and so much depth of insight is revealed in this entry! Too many of us spend our years looking over our shoulders at what others are doing or thinking about us--much of what we do in life would be better, if only we had the benefit of knowing what we finally know in our last years.
Norma-Anne Hough07/13/09
Loads of interesting thoughts here. Well done.
Charla Diehl 07/15/09
I found this packed with wisdom and a creative way to present the topic. Enjoyed this short read that said so much. Great work.
Lisa Johnson 07/16/09
Congratulations on your first place win. Loved the poem.
Lisa
Joy Faire Stewart07/16/09
Beautifully written and thought...congratulations on your 1st place!
Deborah Porter 07/18/09
Hi Bryan. I just wanted to leave a quick note to congratulate you on your 1st place win in Level 2, and to let you know you also did extremely well overall, ranking 35th out of all the entries for the week.

Time to move up to Level 3.

If you would like to see the highest rankings for yourself, you can find them here:
http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=26236

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Hope to see you at the FaithWriters' Conference in August. Itís going to be an amazing time of inspiration, information and encouragement. (If Iíve already mentioned that to you, forgive me. Weíre just so excited about letting members know about this great gathering.)
http://www.faithwriters.com/conference.php

With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)