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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Don’t Look Back (04/19/12)

TITLE: Salt-Fire
By Darlene Edmondson
04/25/12


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Salt-Fire


Iniquity’s cup is full
Escape for your life, tarry not, nor look behind.
Angels warn of impending doom and destruction.
Flee toward mountains from fiery brimstone hail.
Iniquity’s cup is full

Iniquity’s cup is full
God heard Abraham’s plea to spare Lot,
but ten righteous souls abide not
in Sodom’s den of excessive lust and greed.
Iniquity’s cup is full

Let’s eat, drink and be merry says Mrs. Lot, blend in with neighbors nearby.
Away from vulgar nomadic pitched-tent customs with muck and mire,
where refined culture is abundant; offering citizens for daughters to marry.
Unlike pastoral, old-fashioned and strait-laced ways of old; new is better.

Up! Get you going he urges rhapsodizing wife. Run the city streets with me
and clutch our daughter’s hands. If caught lingering we perish; go quickly
through city gates,open plains to mountains high, finding liberty.
Leave this wicked city, hasten to my stride and run the streets with me.

Almost saved, but not quite
Her heart pines for loose living
in ‘the good old days’ of Gomorrah.
Lagging, the pace slackens, slipping back
Almost saved, but not quite

Almost saved, but not quite
A disobedient furtive glance backward
invokes pelting sulfuric salt-fire
and smoldering ashes of death
Almost saved, but not quite

Based on Genesis 18-19


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Donna Wilcher 04/26/12
This was a perfect poetic rendition of the Genesis chapter 18-19 story!

Sad to say, a position we often find ourselves in even today, tempted to "Look Back" at our old lives, but this story reminds us of what happens when we do.

Great job! Here's my "Two Thumbs Up!"
CD (Camille) Swanson 04/28/12
A brilliant job with the topic at hand...and a powerful reminder of "not looking back" - This familiar Bible account is a present day testimony for all Christians alike.

Nicely done. God Bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/01/12
This is quite powerful. Though there have been several stories this week about Lot and his wife, you tackled it from a different angle. I thought the ending was perfect and was haunted by the repeating almost saved but not quite.
Pam Ford Davis 05/03/12
FaithWriters hug and congratulations!

Wing His Words!
Angela Coleman 05/03/12
Congratulations on winning 1st place. Very beautifully written!
Donna Wilcher 05/03/12
Congratulations!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 05/03/12
Congratulations on your beautiful blue ribbon and for placing 20th overall!