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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Guard Your Heart (06/08/12)

TITLE: Until
By Ellen Carr
06/13/12


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From memories made in country lanes
trees once climbed and raspberry canes
summers lying in the shade
grassy lawn and ferny glade
guard your heart.

From thoughts of tables richly laid
from childhood games that once were played
bonfires burning, fireworks' glow
homely pleasures' status quo
guard your heart.

From mournful songs and others' wrongs
guard your heart.
From seasons past and die that's cast
guard your heart.

Look to lock your heart away
insulate it from today
build a moat around its wall
lock its bridge from one and all.

From harrowers and people pain
keep your heart from hurt again
fill your days with work and spin
let no emotion suck you in.

File the past in 'Used to be'
keep the present loose and free
guard your heart from things of now
erase the thoughts you won't allow.

Keep God's pilgrims well at bay
seek not prayers, nor to pray
make your face a fine veneer
radiating hope and cheer.

From godly clans and Master plans
guard your heart.
From prayer for peace and stress release
guard your heart.

Until...

Until the Spirit's Sword of Gold
wrests the drawbridge from its hold
penetrates the guarded heart
tearing its defence apart
brings it to its shaking knees
offering the balm that frees
lifts its eyes to God above
floods its ramparts with His love
guard your heart.

From shuttered soul and self-control
unguard your heart.
From cloistered heart and no life chart
unguard your heart.

To memories past enjoyed again
that seasons spent were not in vain
your present cares are cast on Him
and rising fears begin to dim.

Let His gracious freedom flow
let your heart, unshackled, grow
let His sentries guard its door
His powerful love invade its core.

Unguard your heart.


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A B06/16/12
I enjoyed this immensely. Beautifully written, and thought provoking. I needed to read this today.
CD Swanson 06/17/12
Fantastic job! Amen. Loved this. God bless~
Charla Diehl 06/20/12
Lots of "food for thought" throughout this wonderfully crafted poem. Two thumbs up from me.
Carla Procida06/21/12
absolutely amazing poem!!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/12
This is so beautiful. I love how you came full circle and offered such a sense of hope and peace. Congratulations on your EC. You're moving on up!
Laura Manley06/22/12
Wow! I am sincerely impressed. The message was indepth and very clear. The rhythm of the poem also was without blemish. You just did such an excellent job on this entry. Your expertise in poetry is phenomenal. I congratulate you!
Lois Farrow06/25/12
Beautifully done, and a great message.