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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Accent (02/21/13)

TITLE: The Voice of the Father
By Alicia Renkema
02/25/13


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The Voice of the Father

The Father has a drum beat
that one can hear so well.
The accent of His lovely voice
is not so hard to tell.
If you press your ear
against His heart
as you
read His holy word
you'll hear Him
softly speaking
"Child, go to my well,
drink deeply--
I have secret things
for you
worth keeping."

As I drink in deeply
I hear the timbres
of His voice
as strings
in a Celtic Harp.
He woos me
gently
very tenderly
calling me
to do my part.

He says,
"Draw nigh
to Me
and I will
draw nigh
to you."
I know that
this is true.

When I press in
allowing Him
under my skin
(with every fiber
of my being)
I can hear Him
speaking
with His
accented beat
of love;
His strings
of peace.

What is the drum beat
that He hears from me
as I go about my day?
Does He recognize
the seeds
He's planted
along life's
stony way?
Does my voice
tread gently
like the strings
of His Celtic Harp?
Does my heart
beat true--
do I delve in
and do my part?

He can't love me
any more than He
already does...
Yet, I want my voice
to be in tune
with that love,
my actions to flow
with His kindness.
I pray His
tender accent
will show through
in all
I do.

I am longing
to have an accent
like the drum
and a voice like
the harp
for I want
everyone to know
whose child I am.


Footnote: In the third verse about "Drawing nigh," the scripture is taken from James 4:8 (KJV)


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Margaret Kearley 02/28/13
This is a beautiful tender poem to the Lord, so personal and an intimate prayer-song of devotion. I love your opening stanza and 'the pressing of the ear against His heart to hear the accents of His voice speaking and drawing us nearer to Him. A blessing to read.
CD Swanson 02/28/13
Beautiful! Thank you so much for this exquisite poem. God bless~
CD Swanson 02/28/13
I wanted to add that this lovely poem reads like a "Praise song" I can hear it set to music in my head. It was not only touching, moving and written with love for the Lord, but it made my heart smile. Excellent job!

Thanks. God bless~
Richard Hicks03/01/13
The title drew me in. You have a way and a flow with your words. Thank you for sharing your heart.
Noel Mitaxa 03/02/13
Thought-provoking and reassuring work in a cleverly constructed poem. A great read.
lynn gipson 03/02/13
This is a beautiful. Your love for God is so evident in your words. I could feel myself being lifted up by Him as well. Very well done, my friend.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/02/13
This is a powerful piece. I love the way you took it full circle. We need to remember to strive to be more like Jesus. Sometimes I think it's easy to forget that quest as we mesh in with the hustle and bustle of the world. I could feel your desire just oozing out of every word. Though that may sound gross, it's meant to me a high compliment--your love and desire to please our Lord is so palpable. It's a good reminder for us all.
Judith Gayle Smith03/02/13
Exquisite - a true paeon of praise to our wondrous Lord.

Because He lives and loves,

Judi
Danielle King 03/03/13
What an exquisite, heartfelt and tender poem this is. Your faith and reliance upon God shines through every word you've written. Truly inspired. Great work!
Cheryl Harrison 03/03/13
I enjoyed the structure of your poem. I really liked this line:

"As I drink in deeply
I hear the timbres
of His voice
as strings
in a Celtic Harp.
He woos me
gently
very tenderly
calling me
to do my part."

Good job.
Bea Edwards 03/04/13
Thank you for sharing the music video link. It in fact did continue to reverberate in my minds eye and ear as I read your lovey poem. It gave your piece a rich depth and layer of beauty through harp and drum.
I'm still jammin' to the beat...
Loren T. Lowery03/04/13
Beautiful and serene. The imagery of the heartbeat was indelibly heard through out. The poem is one of comfort and at last peace.
Myrna Noyes03/05/13
What a wonderful poem! :) Your beginning is such a lovely invitation to draw near to God:

"The Father has a drum beat
that one can hear so well.
The accent of His lovely voice
is not so hard to tell.
If you press your ear
against His heart
as you
read His holy word
you'll hear Him
softly speaking
"Child, go to my well,
drink deeply--
I have secret things
for you
worth keeping."

I love the thought of pressing my ear against His heart!

Great job! :)
Mildred Sheldon03/06/13
AMEN! This was beautifully written and enjoyable. Thank you for such a lovely poem.
Loren T. Lowery03/08/13
Alicia - thank you for the very kind follow up remark on "Accent of the Clouds" - at times it seems we are out-numbered by the Mr.Pringles of the world. Should we then stop imagining? I think not. What a dreary world it would be if that were so. Thanks again, your words are a ray of hope! Continued blessings on your writings and your insights! : )
A B03/19/13
This is simply beautiful and evokes all kind of emotions within me. You have a gift. Every blessing.