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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: Refracted light
By Maria Egilsson
07/24/10


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A reflective prism is Godís word
A place where His voice is heard
The hardened glass of my soul
Insulates, pretends Iím whole
Alone, angry and so afraid

Depending on the need that day
A different light is sent our way
Echoes of pain press at me
Intimacy is my plea
Used, abused and now refused

Exacting angles are applied
To the one whose heart has cried
Silver tears run down by face
As memories haunt me in this place
Disdained, discarded and sent away

Penetrating light to reach the lost
A price was paid there was a cost
Imputation and such blame
Self-reproach and the shame
Outcast, slave and left to die

Flickering light to soothe and heal
Are sent to those who before Him kneel
The hardened glass it cracks and breaks
Broken now of all self-hate
"God let him live" is now my plea for the child inside of me

Twinkling lights shine from His word
Illuminating those whose sight has blurred
Spectral colors warm my face
As I receive His saving grace
A pagan handmaid has been changed

Obstacles may be in the way so
He sends refracted light our way
In the looking glass of His word
I know my voice has been heard
El-Roi is the One who sees

What we need is found today
As Godís word lights our way
In-to-me-see was my plea
In this dark night of my soul
In-to-me God did see


Genesis 16:13 (NKJV)
Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are-The-God Who-Sees;
for she said, ďHave I also here seen Him who sees me?Ē


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AnneRene' Capp 07/29/10
A reflective prism is Godís word. This phrase is absolutely awesome to me. The entire poem is not only reflective but beautiful as well. Also, I have never heard of El-Roi before and was blessed to learn it to be one more Hebrew name for God.
Cindy Barclay07/29/10
Fantastic poetry- Each stanza built on the last- I especially like the stanza that said-Obstacles may be in the way so
He sends refracted light our way
In the looking glass of His word
I know my voice has been heard
El-Roi is the One who sees! Beautiful!
Nancy Bucca07/29/10
Beautiful word pictures. A delight to read!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/30/10
I so understand "echoes of pain" I liked the prism idea and how it continued throughout the poem in a subtle and gentle way.
Charla Diehl 07/30/10
Beautiful imagery throughout this beautiful piece.
Fern Brown07/30/10
Giving our hurts to the Lord and letting Him change us is what it is all about. God bless you.
Laury Hubrich 08/02/10
Wonderful, powerful words.
Sarah Elisabeth 08/03/10
Very good poem! Loved the descriptions and beautiful message
Cheryl Harrison 08/04/10
I love the first stanza...

A reflective prism is Godís word
A place where His voice is heard
The hardened glass of my soul
Insulates, pretends Iím whole
Alone, angry and so afraid


Painted a picture for me. Good job throughout.
Verna Cole Mitchell 08/04/10
I really like how you expanded on the prism idea throughout your poem.
Beth LaBuff 08/04/10
You have great word choices in this poem, like "insulating" and "illuminating"... and I loved your clever use of intimacy. Nice work!
Lollie Hofer 08/05/10
Very unique approach to this week's topic. Enjoyed the word picture you created in the poem.
Timothy Klingerman08/05/10
Congratulations on your first place finish! I liked all the different ways the light can reach a person in need, and basing it on Hagar really opened my mind to the breadth of God's grace. By the way, thank you for your kind words on my entry.
Maria Egilsson 08/05/10
wow...
Thank you all for taking the time to read and give feedback.
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